FOOD WISE: Feel better with soup this flu season

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Last Tuesday, I was tooling around town, doing my errands and minding my own business. Quite suddenly, late in the afternoon, I began to notice a little tickle in the back of my throat. A momentary thought flashed through my head… “Oh, no! I hope I’m not getting sick.” I quickly […]

FOOD WISE: If you cook it, they will come

Chef Renee's pulled pork sandwiches are crowd pleasers. (Courtesy Photo)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Last week was moving day at the Morgan house. Getting a new house….exciting. Moving…not so much. If you’ve ever moved, you know what I’m talking about. Oh, you start out with the best of intentions. You vow to yourself that you will weed out your closet and unfinished craft projects from […]

FOOD WISE: Arthritis? Low energy? Try Quinoa.

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Whew! What a day! Last Sunday I had the opportunity to participate in a very special event at the Cedar Park Center. The first annual Toros Fit Day, which was sponsored in conjunction with the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, featured  yours truly conducting chef demos throughout the day. What? I […]

FOOD WISE: Food tour stops in Italy for beef marrow ravioli

Homemade beef marrow ravioli in beef short rib ragu. (Photo by Chef Renee Morgan)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Ahhhh, Italia! What a wonderful assignment this week! So many wonderful culinary treats come from Italy. If you don’t believe me, just ask any of your Italian friends. I’m sure you know someone of Italian heritage. Here’s the thing…Italians are very proud of their heritage so even if they have the […]

FOOD WISE: Try Spanish cuisine for Mediterranean flare

Bacon wrapped asparagus, mushroom fideo and pork in orange sauce, served with a glass of sangria. 
(Photo by Chef Renee Morgan)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Yea me! I’ve stuck with my New Year’s resolution for two whole weeks so far. No comments from the peanut gallery please. See, that’s the beauty of my pick-something-you-already-like-to-do-resolution plan. Since I’m having fun, so far, so good. Last week we visited the coastal region of Mexico, complete with homemade margaritas. […]

FOOD WISE: Resolve to explore new tastes in 2013

Red Snapper Veracruz, ceviche and chips and a margarita.  (Photo by Chef Renee Morgan)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Oh good gravy! It’s that time of year again. The time when we make those pesky resolutions. Those promises to ourselves about how we’re going to lose weight, read all the great classics, go to the gym at 5 a.m. every day, leap tall buildings in a single bound and all […]

FOOD WISE: Chef Renee’s Annual Gift Guide

Some of Chef Renee’s favorite holiday food gifts include Divinity Candy, Biscotti, Rum Balls, Macaroons and other sweets. (Photo by Chef Renee Morgan)

Last year, I shared several ideas with you for making your own food gifts in a Christmas gift guide. Your reception of those ideas was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, as recently as last month, someone told me that she had kept last year’s guide for the recipes and ideas. With so many great ideas out […]

FOOD WISE: Enjoy the delights of a Southern Christmas

Enjoy a southern favorite this holiday season -- Chef Renee’s Sweet Potato Pie. (Photo by Chef Renee)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN I see it everywhere I look lately. As we are headed into the holiday season, it seems like every magazine and food blog has an article about the merits of a “Southern Christmas.” How to set a southern table. What southern Christmas memories are your favorites? How to decorate the perfect […]

FOOD WISE: Make-ahead snacks for game-day entertaining

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Considering how much I’ve written on the subject, it’s no secret how much I love fall. I love everything about it. The colors, the cool, crisp air, boots and cute sweaters, gorgeous fall veggies like kale, chard, pumpkin and butternut squash, and those cooler weather foods I’ve been craving. This time […]

Chefalicious Hospitality working to make a difference in child nutrition in Williamson County

By KATE LUDLOW Sometimes, a run of bad luck can lead to some pretty great things. For Liberty Hill’s Chef Renee Morgan, what should have been a crisis ended up sparking a new career, and a new opportunity to give back to those around her through a non-profit organization, Chefalicious Hospitality. “We work to use […]