FOOD WISE: Celebrating Texas Wine Month…in Liberty Hill

Chicken breasts with Port Wine and Mushrooms

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Something very special has just happened in Texas, second only to Texas Independence Day in my mind. In fact, one might almost consider it a religious experience. As such, it deserves the reverence due the most auspicious of occasions. Therefore, let us observe a moment of silence together….. For what, you […]

FOOD WISE: Liberty Hill school cafeterias serving healthy choices

The food service staff at Bill Burden Elementary School spoke to Chef Renee (right) during National School Lunch Week last week about the healthy choices students are making at school. From left are Mary Sheffield, Kelsy Robertson, Linda Hopkins, Christie Cline and Xavier Garcia. (Photo by Kathy Canady)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Anyone who knows me, knows how passionate I am about child nutrition. In fact, anyone who’s ever met me too, I imagine, since I hardly ever shut my pie hole about it. It’s why I do what I do in my everyday work and why that work is so important to […]

FOOD WISE: German influence is prominent in Southern-style cooking

Chef Renee’s Chicken and Dumplings are best enjoyed with hot cornbread. (Photo by Chef Renee Morgan)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Sometimes you just have to get the heck ‘outta Dodge. Not because the law is after you, but because if you don’t get a break soon, you may do something that will cause the law to be after you. Oh come on now, don’t act like you never think this way. […]

FOOD WISE: Take steps to improve health with smarter food choices

Rustic style flat bread with caramelized onions and goat cheese. Add ham for an option with meat.  (Courtesy Photo)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Last week, we started a conversation about some of the health and nutrition aspects of food. I had just visited my eye doctor and was advised that I could get the same, if not better benefits to the health of my eyes by eating more kale rather than taking expensive “eye” […]

FOOD WISE: Try kale for healthy eyes

Baked kale chips. (Courtesy Photo)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Last week, I dutifully trotted into my optometrist’s office for my yearly eye checkup. Oh, nothing’s wrong, per se. You know, other than the usual for a woman of a certain age, as they say. I’m just pretty particular about caring for my eyes because of a weird injury to my […]

FOOD WISE: Try Asian cooking for good health, delicious meals

Ramen Soup. (Courtesy Photo)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN I don’t know what was going on in my neck of the woods last week but you would have thought we were celebrating Asian food week or something. Having spent part of my childhood in Okinawa, I fell in love with Asian food at an early age, but more about that […]

FOOD WISE: Broaden fall horizons with delicious dove

Smothered dove with mushrooms. (Courtesy Photo)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Okay, I know it’s still, like a million degrees outside, but fall is coming and I love it! Fall is my favorite time of the year. All kinds of wonderful things happen in the fall. I don’t really enjoy football that much (shhh, don’t tell anybody here in football country), but […]

FOOD WISE: Improve your understanding of dietary limitations when preparing meals for others

Black Bean and Goat Cheese Quesadilla with quacamole and salsa. (Courtesy Photo)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Lately, I’ve been cooking quite a bit for folks with a variety of dietary limitations. I’m telling ya, it’s a new day for chefs everywhere. There is so much diet specific information to learn. I talk to people all the time who have questions about what some of these limitations, categories […]

FOOD WISE: Involve the kids when preparing healthy sack lunches for school

Gourmet tomatoes and chicken penne pasta in a pesto sauce. 
(Courtesy Photo)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Moms of Liberty Hill….rejoice! It’s time for back-to-school. Join with me in song. “School days, school days. Good ‘ol golden rule days.” If you’re like me, you looked forward to the summer break. But now, we’ve all had our trips to the beach and maybe Grandma’s house. (Oh wait, that’s me!) […]

FOOD WISE: Reflections on a year of Food Wise

Croque Monsieurs -- a delicious version of a grilled cheese. Be sure to add the ham! (Courtesy Photo)

By CHEF RENEE MORGAN Happy anniversary……to me! It doesn’t seem possible that we’ve been having these wonderful conversations about my favorite subject, food, for right at a year now. Where does the time go? I was thinking about what I might write about to commemorate the occasion. It occurred to me that one of the […]