Where to find the best gumbo in Texas

Texas is proud of its culinary heritage — a figurative and literal melting pot of cultures and signature dishes known the world over. Drawing discerning foodies from around the world, the Lone Star State is no longer catering only to those with a taste for barbecue. Kitchens are serving up creations by world-renowned chefs and…

Recipe: Homemade buttermilk biscuits

After an overwhelming number of requests on Facebook, I wanted to share my great-grandmother Abby’s recipe for homemade buttermilk biscuits. I hope you enjoy! Please share any feedback or suggestions in the comments below. (Makes 16) 4 cups self-rising flour, sifted, plus more if needed 2 cups buttermilk 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup lard, shortening…

Inspirational ‘Chef Jeff’ taping national TV show in E. Texas

A celebrity chef is visiting kitchens across East Texas this week, tasting the comfort foods that stir-up smiles. Chef Jeff Henderson is taping a new syndicated TV show, ‘Flip My Food,’ which promises to take favorite family recipes and make them better, with fewer calories. Henderson’s rise to the top took a different path than…

GMET’s Shrimp & Grits Showdown

Each Friday our GMET Meteorologist Grant Dade shares his favorite recipes during our ‘Cooking Up a Storm’ segment. This week, Dia and I decided to settle our claims of serving superior Shrimp & Grits. In a head-to-head competition we donned aprons and headed into the kitchen, fists flying. Ultimately, my version of shrimp & grits swept…

Judging the Southern Hushpuppy Championships

Nothing showcases ‘East Texas’ heritage like the people, food, and fanfare of the Texas State Forest Festival. First held as a county fair in 1938, the annual carnival and celebration of forestry activities has been held in Lufkin in its form since 1984. On Saturday, September 19, 2009, I had the privilege of taking part…

Oldest town in Texas celebrates diverse heritage

Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, is quite proud of its rich heritage. Having worked for the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Natchitoches, Louisiana, I have a special interest in history and cultural studies. Through Nacogdoches’ architecture, people, food, and in the city’s general way of life it’s easy to see the many different influences. Sacred Heart…

Finding the time to eat right

Eating right is hard when you’re always on the go. Especially here in Lufkin, dozens of tasty eateries dot the major thoroughfares. I’ve decided that I haven’t been putting into my body what I know it deserves. Growing up in Louisiana, I’ve become accustomed to great food. However, just because it makes your mouth water doesn’t mean your heart won’t cringe at certain…

Pursuing a “mid-year resolution”

Who needs January 1st to resolve to make change in your life? Most people break their New Year’s resolution within a week or two. In January I didn’t make a traditional “resolution,” but I made a conscious effort to be healthier. Many people set out to lose weight, quit smoking, or get fit for their spring…

Day 5: My first week in the WFAA newsroom

I’ve had a spectacular first week at WFAA. Let me recap some of the highlights. I couldn’t ask for a group of people who are so professional, personable, and committed to their responsibilities as journalists. I’ve learned walking is the cheapest form of transportation. Gas prices are still ridiculously high (might be the topic of…