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Tarragon, the Forgotten Herb

There is a hierarchy of ingredients in French cuisine, and it’s pretty easy to identify some of the favorites: butter, oysters, chocolate. These are all part of our universal food consciousness, and for good reason (because, yum!). One French favorite that may not get the attention it deserves on our […]

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Where There’s Smoke, There’s Flavor

It’s grilling season, and this year, we want more out of our grill than just burgers and hot dogs. Of course, Texas is the smoking capital of the world (maybe self-appointed, but it still counts), and so we know all about low and slow briskets and beef ribs. But did […]

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Five Simple Steps to a More Sustainable Kitchen

These days it seems like we’re all looking for ways to live a little greener—both for our own health and the health of our planet. With that in mind and in an effort to reduce our own personal footprints, it is important to consider the waste we create in our […]

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Seasonal Sips to Indulge Your Senses

Spring is a feast for the senses, and after a challenging year, this spring brings the hope of reuniting with friends and family for some long-awaited outdoor get-togethers…and cocktails! Since we’re all easing our way back into entertaining, embrace convenience! For drinks, that means batch cocktails. Batch cocktails are built […]

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Celebrate Mother’s Day the Foodies Way

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we think the best way to celebrate the mother-figure in your life is with your undivided attention and lots and lots of fun! We, of course, are partial to anything that happens in the kitchen. If your mom also loves a fun foodie project, we’ve […]

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5 Tips for Starting Grilling Season Early

As the weather warms and our social bubbles slowly and safely expand, we plan to spend a lot of time in our backyards—and that means grilling season has come early! Grilling can be as convenient or complicated as suits your mood, but for all spring and summer grilling, we generally […]

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Spring Salads with Your Farmers’ Market Finds

As we look forward to our yearly Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit, which perfectly coincides with the start of spring, we naturally (and typically!) are finding ourselves hungry. Spring is a food-lover’s best season—seconded only by Thanksgiving, of course—with a seemingly endless bounty of vibrant colors and flavors at the local […]

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Menus of Change: Plant Protein

At CIA Foodies and our members’ page DISH, we embrace the Menus of Change principles for healthy, sustainable, and delicious food choices at home. With recipes, technique posts, and instructive videos, you’ll find the tools you need to build your kitchen confidence. Whether you follow a special diet, enjoy plant-forward […]

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Menus of Change: Plant-Forward Cooking

At CIA Foodies and our members’ page DISH, we embrace the Menus of Change principles for healthy, sustainable, and delicious food choices at home. With recipes, technique posts, and instructive videos, you’ll find the tools you need to build your kitchen confidence. Whether you follow a special diet, enjoy plant-forward […]

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Menus of Change: Maximizing Flavor

At CIA Foodies and our members’ page DISH, we embrace the Menus of Change principles for healthy, sustainable, and delicious food choices at home. With recipes, technique posts, and instructive videos, you’ll find the tools you need to build your kitchen confidence. Whether you follow a special diet, enjoy plant-forward […]

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How a Foodies Editor Enjoys Corned Beef and Cabbage

Though I’ve lived in Texas long enough and eaten enough breakfast tacos to feel like an honorary Texan, I was not born in the Lone Star State. I grew up in the northeast, where St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal. There is a mad dash to the grocery store […]

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More than a Trend: Bring Birria to Your Own Kitchen

If you spend any time on social media, you’ve surely seen photos of crispy, griddled birria tacos. Just the sight of them stops any foodie in their tracks. Melted cheese, golden brown and lacy around the edges. Tender meat, rich from hours stewed in chiles and tomatoes. And, of course, […]