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Something's Fishy: A Fear of Seafood Cooking

What is it about cooking with seafood that makes us revert to the safety of what we've always known? Indeed, for those of us who didn't grow up with seafood at home, we may be averse to trying anything beyond fish sticks! (Not that we're knocking a perfectly good excuse to indulge in tartar sauce...) Habits die hard, food habits die harder, seafood habits just plain don't die.

The Rodeo: Going Native -- or Not

Rodeo time, ceremoniously launched on "Go Texan Day," always seems to compel us to try to out-Texan one another, from the smokiest hickory barbecue to the sweetest slice of pecan pie. Here's a little secret for y'all: The key to being a "real" Texan isn't how blue your bluebonnets are, or how well your great-great granddaddy knew Davy Crockett; it's how you share your love of good food.

A Hunka, Hunka Heartburnin' Love

As with many rustic, salt-of-the-earth people, my Southern family shows affection through food. A lot of food. Bushels, baskets, overwhelming amounts of buttery, saucy, oh-Lordy food.

Post-Holidays: After the Party

Ah, yes, the New Year! A new beginning: a new detox diet, a new exercise regimen, a new juicer to boost the new detox diet, a new gym membership to implement the new exercise regimen, a new self-help book (downloaded onto my new Kindle, of course) to explain why I can't seem to stick to either the new detox diet or the new exercise regimen.

The Scents of the Season

My memory must be in my nose, especially this time of the year. Just a casual trip to the grocery store, which is starting to resemble a giant cornucopia, triggers nostalgic flecks of childhood Thanksgivings and Christmases past.