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Author Archive | Kim Pierce

North Haven Gardens on the Comeback Track

PHOTO: Teresa Rafidi


A lot of local gardeners and landscapers gasped (or moaned) after the October 20, 2019, Dallas tornado decimated North Haven Gardens, a Preston Hollow institution for almost 70 years.

“It was truly catastrophic,” says general manager Cody Hoya, “… and surreal for all of us [who work here].”…

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Jade’s Fried Green Beans


I have used this recipe with our green beans, zucchini blossoms and jalapeños. —Jade Chessman

Makes 4-6 servings

Vegetable oil
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
12 ounces San Pellegrino sparkling water
About 1 pound green beans, cleaned and trimmed
Sea salt

In a large pot, heat about 2 inches of oil over medium-heat until a thermometer reads 350°F.…

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Jubilee Farm: A Place in the Sun

Jade Chessman with one of her bottle-fed lambs.

Story by Kim Pierce – Photography by Teresa Rafidi

Jubilee Farm’s Chessman family borders on the idyllic: There’s Ben, who was “born to farm” and loves being a dad. Jade, his city-girl wife of 10 years.…

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Texas proud of H-E-B and Harvest Seasonal Kitchen

From left: Megan Neubauer, executive director, the Seed Project Foundation; Toby Thomason, Harvest Seasonal Kitchen general manager; Harvest executive chef Andrea Shackelford; and Harvest co-owner Rick Wells. PHOTO: Megan Neubauer

Last fall, H-E-B and Harvest Seasonal Kitchen were two of just 20 Texas companies to be chosen as TxN 20 honorees by Texan By Nature.…

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Holiday Gifts That Keep On Giving

For food lovers, nothing is so dear as a good cookbook. Even in the digital age, the look and feel of real paper pages hold deep and lasting pleasures no printout or laptop can match. A good cookbook also bears witness to how much it is loved in the form of accumulated stains and spots—something you’d never want on your laptop anyway.…

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From the Battlefield, Tea for Peace

Photography: Teresa Rafidi

“My introduction to tea,” says Brandon Friedman (left), “was sitting around eating kebabs with tough guys wearing bandoliers and AK-47 rounds.” Friedman and business partner TK Kamauf (right) served together in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
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How Charlie Shines a Light on Fort Worth

Photography: Teresa Rafidi

Charlie Blaylock answers the door in his signature wide-brim hat, gray-tinged brown hair pulled back in a ponytail. Moose, his mutt, barks briefly at the intruder before Charlie good-naturedly shushes him. (My ankles are safe.) Before long, we’re walking the beds of Shine’s Farmstand, which are in transition from summer to fall-winter on my visit.…

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A Fresh Take on Teen Spirit

  1. aFifteen-year-old Dawson Mehalko brings singular focus to his Trenton farming plot



Wearing black rubber boots against the sticky gumbo mud, Dawson Mehalko is the farmer-gardener in charge of Jubilant Fields Farms—outside Trenton north of McKinney—from its neatly planted rows of baby lettuces and broccolini to its trellised tomatoes winding high inside the 1,000-square-foot greenhouse.…

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Welcome changes for Texas Cottage Food Law and More

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Starting today, changes to the Texas Cottage Food Law dramatically expand what Texans can make and sell from their home kitchens—as well as where they can sell them. And the good news doesn’t stop there. Thanks to other legislation, Texans can now take home a six-pack from their favorite craft brewery, and they’re free to grow industrial hemp and buy and sell hemp-derived CBD oil.…

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Our Quest for Community

Community synergy is difficult to define, but we know it when we see it. It’s the spark that lit and sustains Chefs for Farmers, an annual gathering started in 2010 whose mission is to bring together “chefs, artisans and culinary influencers to celebrate supporting local and regional farmers.”…

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