As I type this, many people are pondering their New Year’s resolutions. Many people’s goals include getting in shape, finishing a degree, quitting smoking, learning a new skill, paying off debts, and even starting a relationship. These goals are often set when we’re in the midst of eating, drinking, watching...

I walked into the library and made my way down the hall to the county office. A cheery, middle-aged woman staffed the desk and assisted me with my residency paperwork. While she printed something off for me to sign, she shared a piece of advice that went something like this:...

I’ve had the privilege of attending not one, but two crawfish boils this year. There were quite a few leftovers at the second one, so I gladly received an offered bag of mudbugs. “You can make an omelet1 with the tail meat in the morning,” one of my hosts suggested....

My friend Sam runs discussion dinners every month here in Austin. She let me host this past one, and I chose “family” as the theme. As a part of the theme, I asked everyone to prepare a family recipe and bring it for a potluck. Since I recently made jambalaya...

After putting it off too many times, I finally decided this past week to make a pot of my grandpa’s jambalaya. This has always been intimidating to me for several reasons. One reasons is that whenever my parents would make a pot, it would take a while to prepare. Mom...