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June 8, 2019

by Tameka Fryer Brown | Reprinted from THE BROWN BOOKSHELF

Look up the word “prolific” and there has to be a photo of a bright-smiling, Texas-dwelling diva named Angela Shelf-Medearis!  Born in Virginia, Medearis called various places home at various times in her c...

May 14, 2018

 June 19th or Juneteenth, as it is commonly called here in Texas, is an emancipation holiday that is unique to Texas and it has become one of my favorite cultural celebrations.  This year, I'm hosting the Second Annual  THE KITCHEN DIVA'S LUNCH AND LEARN JUNETEENTH...

September 15, 2017

I present a monthly LUNCH AND LEARN class at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street in Austin, Texas.  On Thursday, September 21st from 11:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m., I'm presenting a "DIVERSI"-TEA PARTY AND HAT FASHION SHOW.  The event is $20 and is open to...

August 14, 2017

                        (Students outside L. C. Anderson High School, March 1, 1956. Photo by Neal Douglass. Photo ID                           ND-56-1753(A)-01. Courtesy Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.)...

June 29, 2017

When I was a newlywed in 1975, with almost non-existent culinary skills, I loved reading the food and lifestyle articles in the Austin American Statesman.  One of my favorite columns was written by Travis County Negro Agricultural Extension Agent, Opal H. Washington....

June 6, 2017

It was a sad day when my favorite Greek restaurant went out of business leaving me without my regular gyro sandwich fix.  Gyros are sandwiches made with thinly-sliced, seasoned lamb, beef or chicken, and placed in a pita or flatbread. Typically, the meat for gyros is a...

May 31, 2017

Here in Texas, we have a special love affair with smoke, heat, and meat cooked on a grill.  It has taken me years to get my “grillin’ game on”, but today, I’m totally comfortable using a grill.   I love the special flavors, textures, and aromas you can only get from th...

January 30, 2015

Its cold outside, which means it’s the perfect time for chili.  You would have to travel for miles to find someone who doesn’t love a hot, steaming bowl of it, especially this time of year.  But that is where the fellowship ends when it comes to chili.  There are a num...

January 6, 2015

Unlike yoga pants, white trainers, and fake fur, the food that we eat might be considered more classic than trendy. The fact is, we all need to eat.  Basic and vital as it seems, though, food, like fashion, is not without its fads. 

 

In 2015, there is a high-pitche...

December 3, 2014

COOKIE TIME

 

Of all the traditional baked confections we associate with the holidays, probably none is more popular than the cookie.  For weeks during the season, old recipes are pulled out, or special orders are placed, for a staggering and beautiful array of cookies i...

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