Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder

A lamb shoulder can be bought bone-in or deboned. I bought the bone-in roast because it was much cheaper and the residual bones can be broken to reveal the marrow and used in soup. Either way, lamb shoulder is a great cut for roasting or slow-cooking. Read more….

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Raspberry Zinger Herbal Wine

Several years ago I made wine with “Celestial Seasonings” Red Zinger Tea. It was a huge success, so last year I made a batch of wine using “Celestial Seasonings” Raspberry Zinger Herbal Tea. Combining hibiscus, rosehips, roasted chicory, orange peel, blackberry and raspberry leaves, raspberries, and natural flavorings, the tea makes a rich tasting herbal brew that transfers nicely into the wine. Read more….

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Tips, Questions and Answers

I received 268 emails on my website’s email account over a 9-day period when I was off-line. I’ve only answered a fraction of them, but in doing so realized some tips I received and answers to questions I provided might benefit others, so here is a potpourri of information you might find interesting. Read more….

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Top Texas Eggnog Round-up

A little bit of eggnog at your next holiday soiree can go a long way! This festive, frothy drink is easily just as good with or without alcohol. Over the years I’ve held onto one or two timeless classics, as well as added a few new recipes to our collection on Goodtaste…

Mouthwatering Monterey Stuffed Chicken from Sysco

Join Goodtaste in the Sysco Houston kitchens as we check in with Executive Chef Ojan regarding a revolutionary chicken product — one that’s also exclusive to Sysco! Watch as Chef Ojan breaks down how to adapt this radical poultry for yet another superb recipe… Monterey Stuffed Chicken.

Three Generations of Good Taste at Lopez Mexican Restaurant

Family and a longtime love of traditional Tex Mex cuisine have made the Lopez clan’s beloved Mexican Restaurant a fixture in the greater Houston area for exactly thirty five years! Ever had a habanero margarita? This crafty cocktail, along with many other incredible dishes are available six days a week for lunch and dinner. Sunday, of course, is for family.

Gifts For Foodies This Holiday Season

If you’re shopping for that one person that has everything under the sun, look no more! Give the gift of food and “Goodtaste” this holiday season. Here are a few Houston area favorites everyone will love, as featured on KPRC

Tickets Going Fast for Top Chefa’s 2nd Chef Cooperative Dinner!

Time for Round 2! Join Goodtaste at the Chef Cooperative Dinner Series when it returns to San Antonio on Thursday, January 9th, at The Boiler House, part of the Historic Pearl Brewery. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly…now is your chance! These will make the ultimate “stocking stuffer” in time for Christmas…

Plan a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party Today!

Here’s an activity that is a lot of fun and become very popular over the last few years: Cookie Exchange Parties. Think of it as an inexpensive alternative to throwing a traditional Christmas party. Trade recipes and cookies with guests, then walk away with a ton of recipes and a ton of cookies to enjoy at your leisure. Everybody wins!

Pick Piping Hot Puerto Rican Pasteles for the Holidays!

This is a gift you’ll truly want to unwrap! Similar to a tamale, pasteles are a traditional delicacy served during Christmas time in Puerto Rico. An enormous amount of pride is taken in the cooking process, as each family has its own special way of making them. Be sure you have a free afternoon to dedicate…the pasteles are a bit labor-intensive to create, but PERFECT for large holiday gatherings and other special occasions throughout the year. Enjoy!

All Praise for Winter Cocktail Pairings at Masraff’s

Open your imagination at Masraff’s in Uptown: consistently one of the highest rated restaurants in all of Houston. I love this place! Sommelier Ben Roberts recently shared some of his picks for winter cocktails that really wow this holiday season…plus five-star fare to pair with.

Hearty, Fire Braised Meats Made Simple by Hormel

Have yourself a helping of Hormel! We’re at Sysco Central Texas kitchens talking about some incredible fire braised, fully cooked meat products from Hormel Foods. These guys will make your food service life so much easier. Super convenient and exceptionally tasty, HORMEL® FIRE BRAISED™ Meats are one of the company’s latest innovations.

Greet Your Day with Kellogg’s Grab & Go!

Gear up for good taste on-the-go! We’re taking a closer look at some of the fun items from Kellogg’s® that are part of one of the fastest growing segments in the food industry today. The ‘Grab & Go’ lifestyle is an incredibly large market…one whose popularity is increasing every year.

Giving Back To Our Troops This Holiday Season

It’s a great time to show our troops just how much they are cared about back home. Recently, on Great Day Houston, I shared some easy ways to give back to our brave men and women. Call it Treats for the Troops! Here are some ways to can spread a little holiday cheer to our troops overseas…

A Stunning Chestnut Cake for Your Holiday Table!

Perhaps nothing is more stunning on a holiday table that an eye-popping dessert. I’ve found the perfect show-stopping dessert for your special celebration this season. Catherine Rodriguez, the talented pastry chef at the Houstonian Hotel, never ceases to amaze…

Burgundy – C’est si Beaune

Le Cote D’Or—the golden hills of Burgundy absolutely glisten in the Fall. The leaves of some of the world’s most valued grape vines are taking their final bow before the cold winter sets in. I’d been to Burgundy once before back in 2000…exactly one year before 9/11. It was a less complicated, more innocent time to travel, especially to wine regions where we always found treasured bottles to carry back on the plane.

Calling All Cabs at H-E-B!

Happy holidays everyone! There’s a big sale in H-E-B’s Wine Department the week leading up to Christmas…ALL Cabs will be marked 10% off! It’s that time of year again. Spring for an extra-special bottle for your holiday table.

Wise Up to Winter Beer Pairings!

One thing is for certain: it’s hard to pass up on an ice-cold beer — even in the dead of winter! When hectic holiday schedules and frigid temps become too overwhelming, it can be the perfect reward after a long day. In fact, some of our favorite seasonal eats featured on this site taste all the better with a ‘cold one’ as a companion…

Fabulous Local Lamb Has Landed at Boudro’s/Zinc!

There’s a beautiful ranch in West Texas producing an incredible lamb product you’ll find in some of the finest restaurants in San Antonio…Boudro’s and Zinc for starters! This all-natural lamb is produced locally at the Hudspeth River Ranch. Lamb seared to a golden brown, cooked in red wine and deglazed…a juicy shank with little to no fat!

Apple Sherry

I received an email asking me what I thought of the Apple Sherry recipe in “The Alaskan Bootlegger’s Bible” by Leon W. Kania. I replied with my own variation of Leon’s recipe, which I’ll share here with apologies to Leon. Read more….

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