Bringing The Family Back to The Table

In the Kitchen

Pappadew Potato Soup

Pappadew Potato Soup

It seems a life time ago but I use to own a restaurant.  Ohhh, the lessons learned from that experience.  The food was fantastic but the location was terrible.  You can be the world’s best chef but if you have a bad location then you […]

Homemade Chicken Noodle

Homemade Chicken Noodle

It seems that it would be easier to just buy Campbell’s.  Truth be told, it is easy to make it at home and it taste so much better than Campbell’s or any other canned Soup.  It is easy to open a can but are you […]

Perfect Arborio Rice

Perfect Arborio Rice

Arborio Rice is an Italian short grain rice.  Most folks automatically think risotto.  Risotto actually is a dish not a rice and it takes a short grain rice to make and there are lots of variety to short grain rice. Arborio is the most available […]

Hurricane Harvey’s Lamb and Beef Pasties

Hurricane Harvey’s Lamb and Beef Pasties

When they announced that Hurricane Harvey was coming on to the coast, I suddenly wanted something that would be a comfort to me.  I automatically wanted my mother’s English pasties but knew that I was going to have to use what I had and not […]

Texas Hamburger Steak

Texas Hamburger Steak

This is the quintessential recipe that is cooked in Texas homes everywhere. Everyone cooked this dish when I was a child.  Living in Texas has it’s own point of view and when the automobile companies in Detroit, Michigan started to lay off folks in the […]

Back To School Taco Pizza

Back To School Taco Pizza

Going Back to School is a busy and stressful day for Mom, Dad and the children.  From Morning to Evening it feels like you are stress is your master.  So the First Day of School needs an easy meal that will appeal to the both […]

Perfect Football Queso

Perfect Football Queso

I love to make this dip for the football game night or parties because it is so easy and I usually have all the ingredients on hand.  I double the recipe and prepare it in my slow cooker.  That way, it will not scorch.  This […]

Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I know that the sauce at the store is convenient.  Convenient does not necessarily mean good for you.  Eliminating as many industry preservatives as you can helps your families health and helps, woman specific, to reduce weight and bloating. In the summer, we grow our […]

Good Ol’ Gumbo

Good Ol’ Gumbo

The food networks and the fancy chef’s want to make Gumbo a hard to make dish.  Just because you add seafood, as to your taste of ingredients, does not mean a recipe needs to be difficult.  It is an every day meal.  Once you realize […]

Easy Week Night Curry

Easy Week Night Curry

I have this love of curry flavors, probably because since I was little my mom made deviled eggs with curry. So, I incorporate curry powder every so often as in my Curried Potato Salad. But I had never had actual curry. The curry you hear […]


Family Favorite

Mama’s Homemade Salsa

Mama’s Homemade Salsa

One very hot summer, living on our mini ranch, my husband had a wild and maybe not so smart idea to raise 150 tomato plants.  There was five rows and with around 30 plants in each row.  At first we had a bushel of red tomatoes and I canned them as they were.

Then suddenly we had 10 bushel of tomatoes.

Now I needed to really get going on canning tomatoes before they went off and more came in.  I made salsa, tomato pickles, spaghetti sauce, tomato chow chow, tomato preserves.  It seemed if there was a recipe for tomatoes I was going to try it.  God had another plan after that and an early cold front came in basically took care of the tomato plants though I ended it up with a bathtub (literally) of green tomatoes. But that is another story to be told another day. (more…)