Asian Fusion Chopped Salad

We had enchilada night last week, and wanted something bright and crunchy to go with it.  So, I resurrected a spin on an old recipe, and decided to call it Asian Fusion Chopped Salad.  I’ll give you the original recipe.  Then, I’ll give you notes on my substitutions and additions.  I consider all recipes, whether…

The Provender Store

Go out of your way to enjoy a meal at The Provender Store on Austin Ave in Waco.  It is in a small space, next door to Sergio’s, and does not have signage, except in the windows and on a sidewalk sandwich board (lease restrictions).  Although they’ve been there for 3 years, it is new to…

Green Chile Pork Salad

Green chile pork salad started out being a leftover pork meal, but is worth making as a first run meal.  Meat salads take center stage for a number of meals at our house. For a couple more meat salads, try:  Beef Tenderloin Salad or Teriyaki Beef Salad.  The dressing for pork salad pictured below, is…

Ultimate S’Mores

This year, at the lodge, for the women’s group, I added a couple of new things to the menu.  Besides Gooey Butter Cookies, I thought making decadent s’mores, on a rainy day, might be just the thing.  They roasted marshmallows in the fireplace, and there was a consensus that these were the ultimate s’mores! PrintUltimate…

Citrus Galore

This is the third season for our citrus trees.  We miss all the Satsuma mandarin oranges we had in East Texas.  So, when Walmart marked their citrus trees down to $10 at the end of season, several years ago.  I decided to try them in containers, since our weather would kill them, if they stayed…

Pig in a Blanket

Nothing like a little bite of pork deliciousness for the holidays – cocktail smokies, weenies, pigs – all good!  There are loads of recipes to use for pig in a blanket, but this recipe is a favorite.  I use this crust for pot pies, apple pies, and anything you want to make a little “cheesy.”…

Cream Corn

If you want a simple, fabulous side for the holidays, or dinner tonight, cream corn is it!  A friend told me about this dish, and I haven’t seen anyone yet who didn’t love it.  It’s a regular at the lodge this year.  The first clue to how easy this is is step one – get…

Marfa

It is fabulous to have a long, cool weekend in Marfa, Alpine, Ft Davis area.  Lodging is quite pricy, but we stayed in a great house through Airbnb.  We came for a musical (interpretive!) performance at the Marfa Ballroom, Pancho Villa from a safe distance.  The music was really amazing.  Marfa is becoming like the…

Scrambled Egg Casserole

It’s opening weekend of hunting season, and I’ve started cooking at the lodge again.  The first morning I made way too may scrambled eggs.  So, I put the leftovers in a half-steamtable pan, and decided I had to figure out a way to use them on the second day.  And voila, scrambled egg casserole was born….

The Look of Fall 2016

Since it’s gotten slightly cooler, the look of fall is spectacular at our house.  I may have jumped the gun a little, planting greens outside.  So far, they seem to be growing well.  Because the tomato plants are producing well, I have to wait to plant those beds with winter crops.  It’s still too hot…

Mind If I Smoke?

Mushrooms, tomatoes, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, chicken, pork………….well, everything………..is better smoked!  My most recent epiphany is that no matter how good I think something is, I can make it even better, if I throw it on the Traeger.  And if smoking everything at home isn’t enough, I now have an outdoor kitchen at the lodge with…