Traditional

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  The casserole was originally made on the ranch to feed ranch hands and […]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.  […]

Texas Peach Buckle

Texas Peach Buckle

We raise peaches in Texas, too. I know Georgia holds the honor as the official “Peach State” but Texans have raised them, and we still do. If you ever get a chance to stand in a peach orchard and pick a ripe peach from a […]

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 […]

Sticky Chicken

Sticky Chicken

In the fall I would make a Bacon wrapped Chicken Thigh and cooked Apple recipe.  This was simple and tasty.  The only comment that I would get is that the boys wished it had more pepper or something spicy in it.  I did not realize […]