Chorizo Frittata

For a light summer meal, try a chorizo frittata.  We love one pan meals, like frittatas.  They are a quick and easy way to have a great meal, and even use bits of leftovers in the fridge.  Whether you eat a wedge on its own, wrap slices in a tortilla, or make a sandwich with…

Weekly Specials 8/17/2016

Weekly Specials lets you check local grocery specials, for the least processed foods.  To help plan your meals for the week, go to Recipes. To check the specials, after this post leaves the homepage, click “View Weekly Specials,” on the bottom of the page.  To receive new posts in your email, click on “Subscribe,” at the…

Fresh Peach Cobbler

Fresh Peach Cobbler is such a perfect summer treat.  I’ve done other peach cobbler/pie recipes, but I wanted something a little different, and with a little less fat! Besides Fresh Peach Cobbler, you might want to try these other peachy recipes: Easy Peach cobbler, Peach Cobbler, or Peach Pie. PrintPeach Cobbler Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes…

Smoked Cauliflower

While I had the smoker going for Smoked Meatloaf, I also made some smoked cauliflower.  With two ingredients, this is a delicious side as is, or add great flavor to another cauliflower recipe.  There are lots of cauliflower recipes on this site, just put cauliflower in the search line below. PrintSmoked Cauliflower Ingredients1 head cauliflower,…

Smoked Meatloaf

So, one of my recent food experiments was with meatloaf.  Don loves meatloaf, and when I mentioned Smoked Meatloaf, he acted like he had found the promised land.  I just figured it would have to turn out really good, and it certainly did.  Now, I know not everyone has a smoker, but if you do,…

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

Don’t bother lighting the oven this summer, if you want a yummy bite for dessert.  Because No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies only take 15 minutes to make, you stay cool, and enjoy a light refrigerated treat. For another no-bake cookie option, try No bake cocoa nuts. PrintNo-Bake Oatmeal Cookies Total Time: 15 minutes Yield: 14-18 cookies Ingredients1/3 cup natural…

BLT Quesadilla

When I mentioned BLT Quesadilla in one of my recent posts, I just couldn’t resist making it.  In the interest of being international, I think it’s only fair.  Even though it is my third BLT recipe this tomato season, it’s still a great quick summer meal. PrintBLT Quesadilla IngredientsThinly sliced tomatoes 1 large (burrito size) flour…

BLT Pizza Panini

BLT sandwich merges with a pizza, and voila, BLT Pizza Panini.  The butter and parmesan make the outside of the panina crunchy and delicious.  If you prefer a quesadilla spin on this recipe, use a large flour tortilla.  To keep the ingredients from falling out, fill one half of the tortilla with the BLT goodies,…

Egg Nog Pudding

I’m certain that Egg Nog Pudding is your first 2016 holiday recipe!  Additionally, it is a seriously adult-only treat, creamy and delicious.  How could I accomplish such a culinary feat, when egg nog is only available for a few weeks in the fall of every year?  I admit that I saved a bottle and stationed…

Avocado Ice Cream

Avocado Ice Cream should’ve been a rich, delicious,  dairy free summer treat – wrong.  It’s one of those recipes for which I have unrealistic expectations.  So, instead of moving on, my new addition to the blog is telling you when things go off the rails.  This became one of many recipes that prove good ingredients,…

Pizza BLT

Delicious, easy, and one of my favorite Italian food groups, Pizza BLT is the perfect marriage of the ever popular pizza and the classic BLT.    Since we have a lot of great homegrown tomatoes this summer, I’m raising and expanding the BLT menu.  We eat a BLT with the first tomato of the season (a…

Brown Sugar Shortbread

Just a note first – the website has an entirely new look, and much easier to use with handheld devices.  We really like it, and hope you will too.  It’s a learning curve for me, so I’m sure there will be some slips! Shortbread cookies are one of our favorite desserts.  There are never-ending variations,…

Snake Control

Never underestimate the power of cheap wildlife netting.  It’s the same type of netting we use on tomatoes.  After covering all the plants that the deer find irresistible, we noticed that our resident rat snakes get tangled in it, and eventually die.  Most of the year I don’t mind rat snakes living here, because they…

Thai Food – Belton

September 2015, Kathy told me about Narunya’s, but I just recently went there for the first time.  I like Mee Mee Thai in Temple, but Narunya’s is better.  We had an incredible meal, and the restaurant is clean, new, and has a great feel.  It’s worth the trouble to get to this Belton location near…

Making the Most of Pantry Staples

I’m experimenting with sprouting some of my pantry staples, to create new flavors, and increase the food value.  My first two attempts turned out really well.  First, I sprouted dried chickpeas, then cooked them like I normally would.  For sprouting instructions, refer to the Indoor Gardening with Sprouts post. Next I worked with brown rice….

Find Your Way With Vegetables

White Diakon (miyashige) is most commonly found for sale at farmers markets, Asian grocery stores, and upscale grocery stores.  It’s great raw and shredded or in marinated salads, but recently I read how beneficial it is in the garden, so it will become one of my regulars along with beans and legumes.   Click here, for…

The Good Life Cafe, Temple

Light, delicious, fast, reasonable – what’s not to love about this unassuming Temple cafe.  They do have lots of coffee drinks, which we didn’t have.  But we did have a Greek salad, and a turkey sandwich on their homemade bread.  The Good Life Cafe menu consists of soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. Of all the…

BBQ Revisited

If you have any interest in seeing the BBQ and distillery pictures from Tennessee and Kentucky, click here. If you have no interest in BBQ, you may want to look for this option!  I felt like I was in Hawaii, when I saw this, since Hawaii does all things SPAM (and not the junk mail!).