Fresh Cod & Veggies in Parchment

Every once in a while, I become a TV star! Joking! But I did think that I would share some videos that I have done over the years. Since it is spring, it seems like a good time to talk about fresh veggies and fish. This is a light dinner and perfect paired with short…

Old-Time Beef Stew

This is a Paula Deen recipe, check out the original here. I have made several stews and this one delivers every time. It takes a bit of time to cook, all in all about 2 hours or so. Most of the prep is easy and it is mostly stove time cooking. So, you could prep…

Russian Tea

This is my Mom’s recipe. I had never heard of Russian tea so I poked around some to check out other recipes. It usually has spices in it like cinnamon & cloves, can be sweetened with juice and in many recipes Tang is used. My mom makes this tea for special occasions like Christmas or…

Chicken Bone Broth

This is a recipe that is geared towards the Instant Pot. If you don’t have one already, I really suggest looking into it. I am not a fan of kitchen gadgets BUT this one is not a gadget, it is a legit kitchen tool. Looking for more Instant Pot inspiration, check out these recipes for…

Turkey broth

For several Thanksgivings when we would go to Carol’s family’s house for dinner, I asked to have the turkey after it was carved. At first, I received some strange looks but now, several years later, Uncle Dale always asks me. I will admit, for the last 2 years, I have had to decline because I…

Mom’s Iced Black Tea

Having a large glass of iced tea to refresh you when you live in the Rio Grande Valley is nearly a necessity. Especially if you do any work outside! When I was younger, I would walk out into the hay fields to visit my Mom while she was on the tractor, bailing hay. Most times, I…

Tortilla Soup

This is one of my favorite, regular go-to recipes.  It is so simple and I am always surprised that it tastes so darn good.  I think it is because of the toppings – the combo can make anything better! I have added more ingredients over time, like poblanos or corn, but I always come back…

Fresh Tomato and Chili Pequin Salsa

This is a simple, every day salsa. Chili Pequin plants grow wild in South Texas. We are lucky enough to have one that grew and is now supplying more chili pequins than I can use. You can add lime, cilantro, and white onion to this if you like. I prefer a super simplistic version but…

Migas

Migas….oh, where to start! This is one of those dishes that I make all the time. I learned how to make them from Jim, or PawPaw, as he is called now. You can take shortcuts and use pre-cooked tortilla chips ONLY if they are good quality. Otherwise, fry your own. It really does makes a…

Chicken in Puttenesca Sauce over Creamy Polenta

This is one of our all time favorites. It is relatively quick to make and it is packed with flavor. It is from Rachel Ray’s: 365 No Repeats . She has several recipes in this cookbook that riff off of each other and teach you how to create a base recipe. Don’t be a hater!  When I first…