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Travis’s Homemade Vegetarian Chili Recipe

WARNING! EXPERIMENTAL RECIPE! Since we made Bo’s massive steak last week, I thought we would give Travis his turn this week. Ever since I wrote the chili scene in You Can Leave Your Boots On, I’ve known I wanted to do post with a chili recipe. Only problem? I don’t have a vegetarian chili recipe. (Hey, I live in Texas with a Bo-style carnivore). But… I live in Austin, Texas and I know lots of vegetarians. So… none of them gave me their recipe to plaster all over the Interwebz. The advice I got was, “Just make your favorite chili recipe and sub textured meat protein for the meat.”

Vegetarian Chili RecipeOkay, all great, except all my recipes start with browning the meat. So I consulted Mr. Google. There are tons of vegetarian chili recipes, but none looked quite like the type of chili I would normally make at home. So…. I started from scratch. I’m experimenting on y’all.   Here we go… Continue reading

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Mickie Sherwood’s Creamy-Style Red Beans and Rice

Please welcome Mickie Sherwood to the blog with bona-fide Louisiana red beans. Mickie – this is one of my favorite comfort foods from home so can’t wait to see how you make yours. I like mine with a little andouille, but I mix it up with the meat and sometimes even go vegetarian.

Everyone, don’t forget to check out Mickie’s book Templet’s Tasty Tails. She’s brought a yummy excerpt that features another Louisiana favorite!


From boudin, crabs, and crawfish to red beans and rice, food is king in South Louisiana. Somebody eats something delicious in all of my novels. But, we get to that later.

Now, I’ll share my version of how to prepare the scrumptious meal of red beans and rice. No two cooks cook red beans the same way. Some people like to cook them so that the bean is done but the skin is unbroken. Others prefer their beans cooked to a creamy consistency, meaning the outer skin breaks open.

I love mine in-between. There is a combination of both. This way my bean juice, or gravy if you want to call it that, is just right for my rice.

Red Beans and Rice Recipe:


Read beans (You determine the amount to cook. I cooked 1 cup.)

1 – Onion

Green onions

Bell Pepper (I used 1/2 each green, orange, and yellow.)

Water (Enough water to cover the beans.)

Ham slice – cubed

Garlic powder



Cooked fluffy rice

Instructions: Continue reading


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Racheline Maltese: Gourmet Grilled Cheese – 4 Ways

I’m not going to lie to you. I drooled a little when I got the picture for this Friday’s foodie post. Grilled cheese is one of my absolute favorite  comfort foods.  Racheline Maltese is here to show us how to make some yummy gourmet variations on the classic including an amazing dessert. If you’ve been slapping a single-slice of American between two pieces of white bread, it’s time to up your game!

Make sure you  scroll down to get a preview of Racheline’s new book, Doves and don’t forget to enter my $25 Amazon Gift Card  giveaway!

The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Perfect Grilled Cheese!



In some ways, I’m not a cook at all. I don’t own any fancy tools, I don’t use cookbooks, and I rarely plan meals out in advance. But I am the person who will look into the refrigerator and make something up on the fly that is often pretty great. Like some people have a strong internal sense of direction, I have a strong internal sense of food logic, which has carried over to Victor, one of the secondary characters in the Love in Los Angeles series I co-write with Erin McRae.

Sometimes, this character goes for the fancy, planned, and sophisticated food I never bother with. Certainly, he has more expensive cookware than me and better knife skills. But like me, he brings his internal food logic to making ordinary meals extraordinary.

For example, he’s happy to whip up a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup as comfort food when his boyfriend Liam is having a bad day, but nothing about that grilled cheese is simple.

In fact, all the ways grilled cheese can be dressed up without a lot of ingredients or a set recipe makes it one of my own favorite go-tos. It’s also one of Erin and my staple foods when we spend time in our Philadelphia writing office. There’s a place in Reading Terminal Market that makes absolutely divine grilled cheese, and those sandwiches have gotten us through many a long day of writing and editing.

If you want to try your own hand at grilled cheese, here are some of my (and Victor’s) favorite combinations. Continue reading


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