Monday , 23 April 2018


Kyra’s Kitchen: Tortillas – The Ultimate Wrap

By Kyra Effren, TSB Food Writer National Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized annually from September 15 until October 15, during which time the heritage, culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans are celebrated. Not the least of these contributions, particularly as it relates to this regular food column, is the tortilla. It is believed the first tortilla was “invented” ...

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Kyra’s Kitchen: It’s a Wrap

By Kyra Effren, TSB Food Writer Just this summer I attended a three day Food Symposium at Oxford University in England. The subject was “Wrapped and Stuffed Foods.” Scholarly papers were read on the subject – and were most enlightening. The food was not… some of it being more suited to Halloween than Sunday Dinner (more on those in my ...

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Kyra’s Kitchen: Breaking the Fast

By Kyra Effren, TSB Food Writer This week, Jews around the world celebrate the New Year of 5,773. On the 10th day – Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement – we seek forgiveness for our sins against others and forgive those sins perpetrated against us. (I do have to confess that for me it is sometimes easier to fast ...

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You Are Cordially Invited … to Say No


By Deborah Viapiana-Ricci, TSB Contributor How many of us know the difference between over-extending ourselves and doing just enough? I would bet that most of us do, indeed, recognize the disparity between them. Alright, then, why aren’t we satisfied with doing just enough? We clutter our calendars and our lives with a “To-Do List” that would choke a goat. And, ...

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Rick’s Chophouse Names Tim Bevins Executive Chef


Submitted by Rick's Chophouse Chef Tim Bevins has taken over the executive chef role for restaurants Rick’s Chophouse, Sauce on the Square and Grotto, located on the historic square in downtown McKinney. Chef Bevins’ most recent experience was at Craft Dallas, the dining room at the W Dallas Victory hotel, where he worked under Chef Tom Colicchio. However, Bevins’ culinary ...

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Kyra’s Kitchen: A Meal Down Memory Lane

By Kyra Effren, TSB Food Writer Last week four of my five siblings gathered together in McKinney for an impromptu reunion. Sadly, my one brother who lives in France could not attend. Although two sisters live in Dallas, my second brother lives in Oregon and third sister lives in New York, which means these gatherings have been rare but very ...

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McKinney Firehouse Recipes: Part 5 Features Gary `Biggun’ Carpenter of Fire Station #1

By Kyra Effren, TSB Food Writer Last week I ate Asian food twice. Once was at a Chinese restaurant in Dallas, which shall remain nameless to protect the guilty, and once at Firehouse #1 where Gary Carpenter confirmed once more that some of the best cooks are in McKinney’s fire stations! His Asian Stir Fry was excellent and inventive – ...

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Kyra’s Kitchen: Molly Jones Adds Her Personal Stamp to Any Recipe

By Kyra Effren, TSB Food Writer If you check into the background of any fine cook – or chef – you will always find a grandmother or mother or family member or friend or mentor who first instilled the love of food and cooking. In the case of Molly Jones, she is blessed many times. We can say thank you ...

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Kyra’s Kitchen: After School Means After-School Snacks

By Kyra Effren, TSB Food Writer The kids are back at school – blissful peace – until they come storming through the door in the afternoon. And some of them haven’t eaten since 11 a.m.! They are basically in starvation mode. Are we going to give them chips and soda and make them wait for supper? Or, here is a ...

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TSB Finds Out More About Food Network’s `Best Sandwich in Texas’ at Patina Green

By Christine Baker and Nikki Darling, TSB Staff Have you ever wondered what the best sandwich in Texas tastes like? Downtown McKinney’s Patina Green is home to Food Network’s top-rated sandwich in Texas. On Aug. 7, Food Network Magazine released an article entitled “50 States, 50 Sandwiches,” in which they picked the best sandwich from each state and featured it ...

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