Tanji Talks: Texan Cafe and Pie Shop

I’m taking you outside Austin’s city limits to a cute cafe in Hutto. Texan Cafe & Pie Shop is serving up comfort food for lunch and dinner that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside from Chicken Fried Steak to pink Peppermint Patty Pie, these folks have it all.

Summer Bean and Tortellini Soup

This tortellini soup is a modern take on pasta e fagioli and is hearty and healthy with the addition of collard greens. It’s perfect any time of year for lunch, a starter, or a side, but we love it as a light summer soup!

Summer Bean and Tortellini Soup

Strawberry-Gin Spritzer

Make this refreshing cocktail when the strawberries are abundant and are a deep, juicy red. The combination of herbal gin and bitter Campari calls to mind the profile of a classic Negroni, but if these spirits are not for you, feel free to skip the Campari altogether or swap out the gin for vodka or a light golden rum.

Southwest Texas Flavor

Everywhere I go, I hear praises of all the great things San Antonio is doing in the food scene. It has become quite the culinary center. When you’re looking for something quick, fresh and easy in the Alamo City check out The Station Cafe located in the historic King William District and Southtown.

Bobby’s Crunch Burger

“It might sound radical, but adding water to the pan makes total sense: The steam will help cook the burger through, while preserving moisture at the same time.”

Smoky Maple & Sage Breakfast Pork Burger

“These Smoky Maple & Sage Breakfast Pork Burgers are made from juicy ground pork that is coated in a sweet and smoky maple rub using McCormick Grill Mate’s Smokehouse Maple seasoning. Then the burger is built on a grilled waffle with cheese, bacon, and a runny yolk fried egg. What more could I want in a camp breakfast?!”

Buffalo-Blue Curly Cheese Fry and Crispy Black Bean Burgers

“These are for all the vegetarians who still want to have fun and throw a delicious summer BBQ. Now – they are sort of healthy, but then I just had to add the cheese sauce. Oh the cheese sauce. This cheese sauce is worth the splurge.”

Smashed Cumin Lamb Burgers

The lamb burgers sit on a bed of sweet and spicy caramelized red onions and jalapeños and the bun is slathered with a bright, zingy herb sauce that can be made with either Greek yogurt or mayonnaise (or my favorite, a combination of both).

Bacon-and-Kimchi Burgers

Chef Wesley Genovart makes this over-the-top, Shake Shack–inspired burger with two thin stacked patties, thick-cut bacon, kimchi and a spicy homemade sauce.

5 Icebox Cakes for Hot Summer Days

When it comes to summer desserts, I’m always looking for something refreshing, effortless and appears like I’ve been slaving away in the kitchen all day (when it really came together in minutes). An even bigger incentive? Not turning on my oven.

Strawberry-Banana Icebox Cake

I appreciate that this icebox cake lets me turn just a few ingredients into a gloriously delicious and easy dessert for a whole table of friends — all without turning on the oven. Zero heat, very little work, plenty of happy people!

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