Bringing The Family Back to The Table

Side Dishes

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 […]

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 […]

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

I love a dish that I can just throw together than refrigerate and serve a few hours later.  It comes in handy for the drop in guest too. There are times when I feel like I am caught off guard and it usually lands on […]

Summer Artichoke, Sausage, Spinach and Tortellini Pasta Salad

Summer Artichoke, Sausage, Spinach and Tortellini Pasta Salad

I love Pasta Salad.  You can have it all in a cool summer salad.  Especially good after a busy Saturday or Sunday. I use to buy boxed pasta salads but always thought they were too salty or there was just enough for a side dish. […]

Squash Pickles

Squash Pickles

My mother was not the type to teach old farm house techniques.  She is a genius chef but if you can not acquire it from a store or vendor than you did not need to worry about it. After getting Married and being young, I […]

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 […]

Southern Tomato Pie

Southern Tomato Pie

The Southern Tomato Pie probably came from farmer’s wives who where tired of canning a very good year of yielding tomatoes.  Canning stewed tomatoes is a hassle and can lead to painful pruned fingers from peeling them.  Tomato pies are a good alternative and simple.  […]

JB’s Squash Casserole

JB’s Squash Casserole

I owned a restaurant named JB’s.  Owning a restaurant can bring a person to their knees.  Finding good help and memorable recipes is the hardest part. This recipe was one that I had eaten my whole life and just thought of as a typical Texas […]