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…

Soy Braised Chicken

Soy braised chicken is one of several bad ideas I’ve had lately.  It looked like something we’d like, and in fact, Don loves it.  I think it’s salty.  However, I added it to fried rice, and it’s delicious.  Even if you don’t eat the chicken, the braising liquid is like black gold.  It’s fabulous in…

Sausage and Potato Crustless Quiche

I’ve done so many frittata recipes that I’ve decided to step-up my game, at least in vocabulary!  Essentially, the Sausage and Potato Crustless Quiche is a frittata, but the French version (quiche) seems classier today.  I don’t know how frittatas keep falling off my radar.  They are delicious, quick, and easy.  Start with scratch ingredients…

Pickled Shrimp

Need something delicious, cool, and easy for you or guests, then pickle some shrimp!  For a fabulous bite, top a wheat cracker or cucumber slice with cream cheese or Boursin cheese and a pickled shrimp.  To accompany pickled shrimp try: mix lettuce, avocado, hard boiled egg slices, or marinated artichoke hearts. For some cool ideas, other…

Peach Sorbet

Peach Sorbet is our favorite treat for summer, this year.  It’s scrumptious, creamy, and pleasantly chilling!  I use fresh peaches, but frozen peaches work really well. PrintPeach Sorbet Ingredients1 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/4 cup water 1/2 tsp Vanilla, Butter, and Nut flavor* or just vanilla 1 lb peaches or fruit of your choice Pinch saltInstructionsTo…

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…

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…