Category Archives: Cooking

Garden Gab, Week 9

This week my garden is in major production mode. Zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers…we got em. Beans and peas are booming! My onion has a flower. Cucumber and squash. The tomatoes are ripening….finally! The baby watermelons are growing well. I just found another this morning, so now we have 4. The 3 bigger ones are pictured …

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Slow Cooker Monday

Last week I did very little cooking. We grilled some. My grill master takes his grilling seriously. We went out to dinner some. And….I used the slow cooker some. When we want baked potatoes with our grilled meats, I don’t turn on the oven. That would heat up my whole kitchen. I don’t use the …

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The Grilling Season has begun

The weather is warm, the garden is blooming, so we’re outside grilling. Last night we had grilled chicken thighs and grilled veggie packets. The Grill Master. I made veggie packets with mostly home grown veggies. My husband grilled them while he was grilling the chicken. Grilled veggie packs are super easy. Chop veggies. I used …

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Baked Squash Casserole, food from my garden

Squash casserole is one of my favorite comfort food dishes. When I was a teenager, my Mother and I would go to a restaurant called “The Black-eyed Pea” and order veggie plates. Plates full of broccoli rice casserole, fried okra, cheese-y broccoli soup and the most amazing squash casserole. It was one of our favorite …

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Food from my Garden

This is the 2nd bunch of squash I’ve gathered. Meet Quasi-mato. He’s a happy little tomato with a hump. Quasi-mato is hanging out on my window sill in hope that his hump will ripen. Later this week I’ll have a squash casserole recipe for you. It’s vegetarian friendly, but not a vegan recipe.

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Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

We’re not dairy free at my house, but we’ve got family members who are dairy, gluten and soy free. Trying my hand at Almond milk, well it just made sense. Making your own almond milk takes some time, but most of that time is soaking time. The “milking process” was not that lengthy, once I …

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How to succeed at pie making without really trying

Take one semi-lazy baker. One text conversation about desserts. And 1 hour. What do you get? Mixed Fruit Pie. This recipe will make 2 pies. 5 cups of random frozen fruit from said baker’s freezer 1 cup all-purpose flour (or preferred flour) 1-1/2 to 2 cups sugar (depending on how sweet you like your pie) …

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Chicken Taco Salad

Taco Salad, remade.   When I was young,  my mother made taco salad all the time.    Ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, pinto beans, Catalina dressing and Doritos.   We had this version of taco salad almost weekly. When I married and became the “cook” I began making the salad too. It’s very kid friendly, it’s …

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Chicken Migas

Generally I agree with The Pioneer Woman on most food related issues. To me though, Migas is not Migas without Chorizo. Chorizo is really greasy and fatty though. 😦 A local market, I adore Sprouts Farmer’s Market, sells ground chicken chorizo. I decided to give the chicken a try and boy, howdy I’m glad I …

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Zombie Eggs and Tornado Outbreaks

Holidays are all about miracles. Passover or Easter, it’s all about the miracles. The miracle of protection. The miracle of resurrection. Miracles…. Speaking of miracles, We had a bit of a tornado outbreak here in Central North Texas on April 3rd. We had 13 tornadoes in the DFW area in one day. A lot of …

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