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March 7 Show: Chef Andrea, Peter Mondavi Jr.

We’re in New Orleans for our opening and closing segments this week, checking in on what’s new in one of the world’s oldest cuisines – Italian – with longtime friend and cookbook co-author, chef Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea’s. And in our Grape & Grain segment, we settle in to taste and talk with California wine […]

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The Best Street in New Orleans Is Memory Lane

On this last, most extravagant weekend of Mardi Gras – or Carnival, to be precise, since Mardi Gras is only one day, Fat Tuesday –  I went “home” to New Orleans for a mixture of business, pleasure and parade traffic. After so many years of going there for weddings, baptisms, graduations, divorces and funerals, it’s a […]

wine

Fine French Wines, Going Once…

Have you ever wondered what $300,000 worth of French wine might look like? And no, it doesn’t resemble all the containers piled on the docks at Marseille, or even a single bottle of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. If you’re excited by this prospect, you’d better grab ye olde checkbook and head to Lewis & Maese […]

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Chocolate-Pecan Bars

There’s not too many things Southerners love better than pecans, unless of course it’s pecan pie – unless of course it’s chocolate pecan pie. These chunky, chewy and gooey dessert bars deliver exactly that kind of pleasure. 1 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup fine Graham cracker crumbs ½ cup butter, softened ¼ cup packed brown […]

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To Fredericksburg with Wine

In recent years, Texas has become the nation’s fifth largest wine-producing state – and even most wine lovers don’t know it. On this full-day tour, we visit five wineries, from Becker to the new offshoot of Messina Hof, tasting some of their newest vintages, plus we sample sauces, marinades, mustards and jellies from Fredericksburg’s most famous […]

Tastings

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The Best Street in New Orleans Is Memory Lane

On this last, most extravagant weekend of Mardi Gras – or Carnival, to be precise, since Mardi Gras is only one day, Fat Tuesday –  I went “home” to New Orleans for a mixture of business, pleasure and parade traffic. After so many years of going there for weddings, baptisms, graduations, divorces and funerals, it’s a […]

Recipes

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Chocolate-Pecan Bars

crawfish beignets

Crawfish Beignets

meat pies

Cocktail Meat Pies

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Margarita Cake

Texas Tours

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To Fredericksburg with Wine

In recent years, Texas has become the nation’s fifth largest wine-producing state – and even most wine lovers don’t know it. On this full-day tour, we visit five wineries, from Becker to the new offshoot of Messina Hof, tasting some of their newest vintages, plus we sample sauces, marinades, mustards and jellies from Fredericksburg’s most famous […]

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The Barbecue Triangle

Every nook and cranny of Texas has, and tirelessly boasts about, its own style of barbecue. Yet in one section just east of Austin, there is a “triangle” that turns out some of the very best. On this meat-crazed adventure, we learn the long history of regional (and yes, racial and ethnic) barbecue, the secrets […]

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DM at Your Place

Whether a cooking class, a food-centric wine or cocktail party, or a full sit-down dinner scaled for 10-24 people, John DeMers will prepare a Texas feast right in your own kitchen. He’ll also describe each dish, who invented it and why it matters to the world of cuisine. Available as lunch, dinner or brunch, with […]

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Texas Cooks

A fast-paced, entertaining, often humorous romp through history and calories with veteran food author John DeMers, perfect for any convention, meeting or spouse program. In addition to a profound understanding of what first made Texas happen here, John will lead you through his Top Ten dishes you must taste before anybody will stamp your passport. […]

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Custom Marfa/Big Bend

Over one, two or three days, beginning in Marfa, Alpine or Marathon, enjoy a customized look around one of the Lone Star State’s most remote and exotic locales. There’s the moonscape of Big Bend itself, both the national and the state park, plus hip, art-crazed Marfa with its Chinati Foundation paying homage to the salvation […]