Bringing The Family Back to The Table

Traditional

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. […]

Slow Cooked Fig Butter

Slow Cooked Fig Butter

It is funny how a tree such as a fig, can torture it’s owner.  On years where the spring has lots of rain and the rain tables stay level, a fig tree can produce a quart or more of figs a day. This can be […]

Tarragon Chicken

Tarragon Chicken

Texas has had a lot of influence over its history.  The french settled in the northern eastern section of Texas and influenced our cuisine through the our neighbors from Louisiana. Now most associate the spicy and stew like qualities that the Cajun food is known […]

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 […]

Watermelon Peach Refresher Slush

Watermelon Peach Refresher Slush

It is a hot day here in Texas. Over 100 degrees, say the weatherman. So you go to your avocado green fridge, open the creaky door and take out the 20 pound fruit laying on your bottom shelf. The rind is hard, but no chance […]

Gulf Coast Bourbon BBQ Shrimp

Gulf Coast Bourbon BBQ Shrimp

Growing up on the Gulf Coast you can not escape dealing with the shrimp. In the spring and summer there are guys parked on the side of the road selling these creatures by the pound.  It is one of the abundance of the gulf coast.  […]

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 […]

Rum Fig Pickles

Rum Fig Pickles

Fig Pickles are not a new thing. People have made a sweet and sour type fig pickle as long as I can remember.  Dilorio’s Farm and Roadside market in Hempstead, Texas use to carry this wonderful desert pickle. Mine has spiced rum cooked into it […]

King Ranch Chicken Enchiladas

King Ranch Chicken Enchiladas

The King Ranch is the largest ranch in the US.  The ranch covers more than 825,000 acres in South Texas.  The history of the ranch is around the cattle and oil industry.  The casserole was originally made on the ranch to feed ranch hands and […]

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.  […]