Polenta Cake

For a scrumptious, deliciously moist dessert, Polenta Cake is a perfect ending.  Because it’s simple to make, you can treat your guests to a slice of European elegance.   PrintPolenta Cake Total Time: 2 hours Yield: Serves 8-10 Ingredients1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 3 eggs, room temperature 1/2 cup pinenuts, toasted 3/4…

Polenta Biscuits

What do I take to a gumbo party, Polenta Biscuits, of course!  Slightly sweet and crunchy, these bitesize beauties are like Italian hush puppies.  Since polenta is a comfort food for me, I always looks for ways to use this coarse ground yellow cornmeal.   While regular cornmeal is a cousin, it does not substitute…

Spiced Walnuts

We still have lots of pecans from last season, but sometimes we want more nut choices.  I found some great walnuts.  And while I love to cook with them, Spiced Walnuts make great gifts, or party snacks.  So, I revised a recipe to make an irresistible way to enjoy them.  It’s simple, fast, and delicious. PrintSpiced…

Velvet Taco

On our recent day trip to the Ft Worth Japanese Gardens, we made a detour for lunch at Velvet Taco.  Since the source that recommended it is a pretty reliable foodie, I was sure I wouldn’t be disappointed.  And after having two of the best tacos ever, this is definitely a place you’ll want to…

Owl Creek Ceramics 2017

It’s that time again!  Christmas Open House at Owl Creek Ceramics, Saturday November 18, 9am – 3 pm.  They have great gifts and special pieces.  And fabulous refreshments, while you shop.  10% off in stock items during open house!  Don’t forget they have “Baskets of Africa” also.  For directions, click here. If you’re not local,…

Shrimp Slaw

Recently, I managed to recreate a recipe that’s a favorite at the lodge.  I thought they’d be excited – I was wrong.   I realized they didn’t  want me to make Shrimp Slaw. They want to bring it from the coast.  And there you go!  So, I hope you enjoy this slaw as much as…

Caramel Nutella Crustella

Every once and a while, I have a vision of some new dessert.  Caramel Nutella Crustella is a scrumptious and easy recipe.  It  will definitely appear on our holiday table.  Although the original recipe, Nutella Crustella, is a staple at the lodge, I figure I can always make it better!  If you love pie crust,…

Butternut Squash and Rice Patties

Because it’s fall, it’s time for butternut squash recipes.  In our house, we love squash, and Butternut Squash and Rice Patties are irresistible.  Also, to change up your holiday menu, this is a delicious side dish.  In addition, here’s a few more butternut sides to try:  Mashed Butternut Squash with Mexican Spinach Topping, Butternut Squash…

Hecho En Waco

Near the Magnolia silos in Waco is a really good new Mexican restaurant, Hecho En Waco.  While you’re there, visit the few little speciality shops, and pie shop, in the same little center. Because I can’t resist shrimp and jalapeño wrapped in bacon, that’s what I ordered. Since I’ve had this same dish at a number of Mexican…

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Because Squash Cheese Casserole is so delicious, I think Broccoli Cheese Casserole must be just as good, if not better. Honestly, Don got more than his share of the squash!  Without a doubt, this casserole is a new addition to the lodge menu, delicious and easy.  If you need a new side dish (without all the…

Squash Cheese Casserole

It’s time to try some new sides that I can cook at the lodge, for deer season.  In addition to being yummy, I need some dishes that are comfort food, plus easy and fast to put together (and make it seem like I exerted maximum effort).  Sadly, squash isn’t a favorite side dish for the lodge-goers….

Chèvre Fig Pizza

Sweet and salty toppings make Chèvre Fig Pizza a delicious meal.  Add arugula and a drizzle of reduced balsamic, and you make the magic of umami!  Once again, I had ingredients I needed to use, and they transformed into a yummy pizza.  Certainly, you could buy a crust and put on the toppings.  However, I…