Texas is in my blood, with good reason: I’m a sixth-generation Texan who grew up roaming the state on family vacations. After working as a sportswriter and news hound, I began writing for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s award-winning travel section, covering Texas and the world. Journeys from Terlingua to Thailand, Rockport to Reykjavik, and Nacogdoches to New Zealand have provided endless adventures and stories to share. Simultaneously writing about food, I served as the Star-Telegram’s dining critic for about 20 years and wrote a recipe column, as well, before turning to work as a cookbook author. Today, I focus much of my attention to fascinating things to do and intriguing things to eat in small towns and big cities all over Texas and in neighboring Louisiana and New Mexico. Currently, I’m a contributing editor to Texas Highways magazine and I pen stories on things to eat and places to experience near and far for 360 West Magazine, a lifestyle monthly in Fort Worth. My stories appear also in Texas Monthly, Texas Journey and The Dallas Morning News. My recipe development led to the series called Kitchen Comfort, conceived during the coronavirus pandemic in Spring 2020. When not on the road, I’m in the kitchen in my Fort Worth home, which I share with my husband, artist, gardener, and amateur chef Marshall K. Harris.