What to do with these?

What to do with these?

I’m finally starting to organize the metric ton of stuff we brought back from Denver when we shut down housekeeping for Rich’s parents. When I say starting, I mean I took the stack of cookbooks that belonged to my mother-in-law and her mother, and started going through them. I really don’t know what to do with […]

I cook like my mother (that’s a good thing)

Over the holidays, in San Antonio, I made “Swedish meatballs” for the fam. I put that in quotes because I’m not exactly sure what makes meatballs Swedish except having sour cream in the gravy, and that’s the only claim to Swedish-ness these meatballs could claim. They were frozen meatballs, and all I did was make […]

You’ve heard it before

I’m not even going to apologize for being absent for so long, nor say I’ll do better. You’ve heard it before. Moving on… I’m going to go ahead and call today a complete write-off. I shower at night, so I’m clean, and I did brush my teeth this morning. I put on clothes when I got […]

Spanish rice on a Monday

…Don’t tell me there’s no Spanish rice in the freezer when I know there’s Spanish rice in the freezer. I put it there, I should know it’s there. I put Spanish rice in the freezer, so there’s Spanish rice in the freezer, dadgumit! I may not remember which freezer it’s in, but I know it’s there, don’t you […]

Dinner tonight

Hey, everybody! Yeah, I’m back. It’s been a busy few months, and I’m thrilled to say that business is picking up nicely! Anyway, dinner tonight. A chuck roast, cooked ala Adelle Davis. She suggested the same technique, pretty much, for roasting better cuts, but this moist-baked method changed my mother’s life in the 70s. I […]

Happy anniversary to us!

Happy anniversary to us!

Rich & I have been married 29 years today. Do you want to know our secret? Here it is: don’t get divorced. No, really. No matter how badly you may want to sometimes (I’m only speaking for myself, but I’d be willing to bet he’s felt the same). Divorce is simply not on the table, which […]

Two pounds, aka a big old bag, of pinto beans.

Something completely different

Completely different for me, at least. As far as cooking beans goes. I had read about not soaking your beans before cooking, which goes against everything I, as a southern cook, ever knew. But I’m all for learning new techniques, so count me in. In that article, Russ Parsons also mentions starting them in hot water, […]

It’s been fun, Whataburger

Oh, man! Oh man oh man oh man! I finally got around to baking some jalapeño Cheddar biscuits, and you wouldn’t believe how good they are! Whataburger’s Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits have been our favorites, both of us, since the first time we tasted them. Rich’s new low-carb diet, though, put them on the back burner. But when […]

Dinner, only six days in the making

I bought a couple of pork shoulders a while back, when Kroger had them on sale. I do that almost every time they’re on sale, because they’re delicious to roast, and also very good for making ground pork and the many things that spring from it (breakfast sausage, chorizo…). I took one of my sale shoulders, […]

Learn something new

Learn something new

You, you’re learning that you should absolutely make this, because it really IS the best ever nut brittle. Myself, I learned — or, rather remembered, right after I needed the knowledge — that I really should warm the nuts before mixing them in the hot caramel. That would no doubt make it easier to pour, as […]