Addie Broyles

Food writer

Hailing from the Ozarks, Addie Broyles expanded her cooking (and eating) skills on the West Coast and Spain before settling in Austin, where she has written about food for the Austin American-Statesman since 2008. The University of Missouri graduate has won numerous awards for her writing and her blog, Relish Austin, which is also the name of her weekly column in the Statesman. Addie is a founder of the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance, a nonprofit organization made up of more than 100 Central Texas food bloggers, and editor of “The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook.” When she’s not chasing after her two young sons, Addie blogs about being a working mom, part-time quilter and wannabe world traveler at thefeministkitchen.com.

Latest from Addie Broyles

Quick recipes to get dinner on the table in a snap
 A quick seasoning fix for meat, an easy marinade, a stuffed pepper for one (or many) and a kid-friendly way to use up leftovers: Here are four ideas for what to cook for dinner tonight. Want to share what you’re cooking for dinner? Post a photo of it on Instagram with #Austin360Cooks or email me at abroyles@statesman.com. Miso-Rubbed...

Posted: a day ago

A quick seasoning fix for meat, an easy marinade, a stuffed pepper for one (or many) and a kid-friendly way to use up leftovers: Here are four ideas for what to cook for dinner tonight. Want to share what you’re cooking for dinner? Post a photo of it on Instagram with #Austin360Cooks or email me at abroyles@statesman.com. Miso-Rubbed...
Recipe of the Week: Cornbread croutons, bacon add crunch to salad
 Though they are native Texans, my kids haven’t quite taken to cornbread. They usually think it’s too sweet (even if there’s very little sugar) or too crumbly. But, that just means more cornbread for me. They are, however, starting to eat greens, at least in the form of raw salad greens, including spinach, drizzled with olive...

Posted: 4 days ago

Though they are native Texans, my kids haven’t quite taken to cornbread. They usually think it’s too sweet (even if there’s very little sugar) or too crumbly. But, that just means more cornbread for me. They are, however, starting to eat greens, at least in the form of raw salad greens, including spinach, drizzled with olive...
What are grackles saying when they squawk, sing and shriek?
 Grackles either have the most annoying vocalizations or the most beautiful, depending on your perspective. Even the female grackles make noise, which isn’t always the case across the bird kingdom, Travis Audubon Society volunteer Judith Bailey says. Grackles have calls that mean, “Don’t come in here, I’ve got nesting...

Posted: 6 days ago

Grackles either have the most annoying vocalizations or the most beautiful, depending on your perspective. Even the female grackles make noise, which isn’t always the case across the bird kingdom, Travis Audubon Society volunteer Judith Bailey says. Grackles have calls that mean, “Don’t come in here, I’ve got nesting...
Can grackles live on french fries and chips alone?
 Grackles could probably live on french fries, pizza crust and chips, University of Texas biology professor and longtime birder Peter English says. But it’s not because they are couch potatoes. “They aren’t lazy,” English says. “They work really hard, but they take food that’s the easiest, but so do you...

Posted: 6 days ago

Grackles could probably live on french fries, pizza crust and chips, University of Texas biology professor and longtime birder Peter English says. But it’s not because they are couch potatoes. “They aren’t lazy,” English says. “They work really hard, but they take food that’s the easiest, but so do you...
Why do grackles roost in giant groups?
 Great-tailed grackles gather for their massive winter roost sites in mid-August and start to disperse in late March, but anyone who has lived long in Austin knows that warm summer nights can be as full of grackles as a night in December. The huge roosts of grackles you’ll find across the city are great-tailed grackles gathering by the...

Posted: 6 days ago

Great-tailed grackles gather for their massive winter roost sites in mid-August and start to disperse in late March, but anyone who has lived long in Austin knows that warm summer nights can be as full of grackles as a night in December. The huge roosts of grackles you’ll find across the city are great-tailed grackles gathering by the...
Grackles are everywhere, so they must be invasive, right?
 Wrong. Even though grackles might seem like they are taking over the city, University of Texas biology professor and longtime birder Peter English doesn’t consider grackles invasive or even dominant because they are not taking resources away from another bird species. “Grackles aren’t dominant; they are just successful,&rdquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Wrong. Even though grackles might seem like they are taking over the city, University of Texas biology professor and longtime birder Peter English doesn’t consider grackles invasive or even dominant because they are not taking resources away from another bird species. “Grackles aren’t dominant; they are just successful,&rdquo...
Patience and peace: What we can learn from birds and birders
 Grackles are scrappy, determined birds with a showy mating ritual and an ability to thrive in Texas heat. For better or worse, that describes a lot of Austinites, too. “Scrappy” also could describe many birders, who find contentment with whatever nature provides. Birding, formerly called bird-watching, differs from ornithology...

Posted: 7 days ago

Grackles are scrappy, determined birds with a showy mating ritual and an ability to thrive in Texas heat. For better or worse, that describes a lot of Austinites, too. “Scrappy” also could describe many birders, who find contentment with whatever nature provides. Birding, formerly called bird-watching, differs from ornithology...
Ask Addie: How do I cut recipes in half without changing the taste?
 I’ve enjoyed your columns for the last three years. I started reading your column when my wife died and I had to start cooking for myself. I usually pick the recipes that sound good, have minimal exotic ingredients, not too many steps and can be cut in half without affecting the results. That brings up two things. Item one: It seems...

Posted: 8 days ago

I’ve enjoyed your columns for the last three years. I started reading your column when my wife died and I had to start cooking for myself. I usually pick the recipes that sound good, have minimal exotic ingredients, not too many steps and can be cut in half without affecting the results. That brings up two things. Item one: It seems...
For Bastille Day, dreaming of France through a strawberry butter cake
 Maybe you, too, are dreaming of France this time of year. Bastille Day is July 14, but summer is also a time that travelers take bucket-list trips to Paris and Provence. Austinite Kathy Dube got to spend a bucket-list week in Burgundy with her daughter, Sara, earlier this year, sampling wine and nibbling on fresh baguettes with buttery escargot...

Posted: 8 days ago

Maybe you, too, are dreaming of France this time of year. Bastille Day is July 14, but summer is also a time that travelers take bucket-list trips to Paris and Provence. Austinite Kathy Dube got to spend a bucket-list week in Burgundy with her daughter, Sara, earlier this year, sampling wine and nibbling on fresh baguettes with buttery escargot...
How Austin became a birder mecca
 Why do birders flock to Austin? A good deal of the attraction can be attributed to the city’s birding community, its geography and its love of nature rather than just its warblers, hawks, mockingbirds and, yes, grackles. With four distinct ecosystems nearby and an active, curious community of people, the Travis Audubon Society is thriving...

Posted: 9 days ago

Why do birders flock to Austin? A good deal of the attraction can be attributed to the city’s birding community, its geography and its love of nature rather than just its warblers, hawks, mockingbirds and, yes, grackles. With four distinct ecosystems nearby and an active, curious community of people, the Travis Audubon Society is thriving...
Recipe of the Week: Baja-style, beer-battered fish tacos
 Crispy fried fish is a delight, especially in a taco. To get the best texture, the editors of Better Homes & Gardens know you need a carbonated beverage to keep the batter light and airy. For this Baja-style fish taco recipe, which appears in the magazine’s new book “Better Homes & Gardens 100 Recipes You’ll Make Forever...

Posted: 11 days ago

Crispy fried fish is a delight, especially in a taco. To get the best texture, the editors of Better Homes & Gardens know you need a carbonated beverage to keep the batter light and airy. For this Baja-style fish taco recipe, which appears in the magazine’s new book “Better Homes & Gardens 100 Recipes You’ll Make Forever...