The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


  • Mardi Gras 1 COOKING WITH SIMON: Mardi Gras time in Palestine

    The good times were definitely rolling down Palestine Main Street last Saturday and the food sure was too. It was a great weekend with parades, floats, parties, Cajun recipes, zydeco music and plenty of Palestine area wine.

    March 1, 2014 4 Photos

  • eggplant sandwich COOKING WITH SIMON: Feeding the steak eaters and the vegetarians

    Texans are known as meat eaters and enjoy they’re big juicy steaks. But sometimes it’s nice to eat a meal that is just vegetables and follow the new Meatless Monday trend. Chefs always need to have some good vegetarian dishes in they’re repertoire because vegetarians and vegans don’t want to just eat salads and pasta.

    February 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hibiscus Champagne Cocktail COOKING WITH SIMON: Don’t forget the Valentine’s Day flowers

    Happy Valentine’s weekend! Well, at least for those of you who remembered it was Valentine’s and at the very least bought a card. Otherwise you may be spending the weekend in the doghouse.

    February 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • mushroom potato soup COOKING WITH SIMON: Keeping warm with healthy, hearty soups

    The groundhog saw his shadow so it looks like we are in for a few more weeks of winter. I am hoping he might be wrong because some trees are already starting to bud and I am ready to get busy cutting back the grapevines, planting vegetables and doing the spring pruning.

    February 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Green beans COOKING WITH SIMON: A green thumb for green vegetables

    It might be cold outside, but there’s still a lot of work to be done – outside. I’ve been clearing a lot of dead brush and trees and finally – after years of talking about it – also got the land cleared for a proper vegetable garden.

    February 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Valentine's Day food COOKING WITH SIMON: Roses are red and oranges are too…

    As I sit here writing this story, the sun is beating down. It’s warm, just a little too warm for January and as I have been in Texas ten years now, I know it can change just as quickly as turning a light switch.

    January 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Valentine's Day food COOKING WITH SIMON: So easy soufflés rise to the occasion

    So many people I talk to are afraid of soufflés and think they are hard to make.

    January 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Souffle COOKING WITH SIMON: So easy soufflés rise to the occasion

    So many people I talk to are afraid of soufflés and think they are hard to make.
    There are actually two types -- the hot ones that rise or cold ones that are more like a mousse.

    January 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • cotton pie COOKING WITH SIMON: Fighting the cold with winter comfort food

    Welcome to a very cold 2014. What a winter we’re having, and doesn’t it make you crave comfort food? You know, the good and hearty kind that reminds us of childhood winters with mum and dad.

    January 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sabor a Pasion patio COOKING WITH SIMON: A new year with a new start

    It comes around so quickly and with it comes new food finds and new creations. 2013 was a year of great events at Sabor a Pasion and with 2014 at my door, there are many great changes coming our way.
    It's been ten years since I came to Texas and a small town called Palestine, and in that time I’ve seen many restaurants come and go. I have also talked at many schools and local community events to help promote food, travel, healthy eating, and what it's like to be an international chef. Of course, the most popular question everyone wants to know, “Why are you in Palestine?”

    January 4, 2014 3 Photos