Letting food be your medicine and medicine be your food

I might not have made any really earth-shattering New Year’s resolutions on New Year’s Day, but I did start our new year with a big batch of beef bone broth and microgreens growing in the window. My simple personal resolutions this year include baking more cookies with premium, natural ingredients; growing superfoods and herbs in the kitchen windows where critters can’t eat them or drag them into the yard, and the usual Jan. 1-April 1 fast from adult beverages. Adding healing, nourishing bone broth to the menu just feels natural. The first written documentation of bone broth being used medicinally … Continue reading Letting food be your medicine and medicine be your food

Adventures of a first-time sprouter

About a week ago, I decided to try my hand at growing microgreens… the seedlings of vegetables and herbs. When we lived near the city, I bought microgreens regularly at the grocery store. I loved adding them to tacos, salads, sandwiches and soups. They add a crunch and an unexpected punch of flavor to everything. They can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Microgreens are a good source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Some scientific evidence suggests that microgreens are powerful antioxidants, but that depends on the plant. Broccoli sprouts are especially healthy because while both broccoli and … Continue reading Adventures of a first-time sprouter

Let’s ring in the new year with macarons

Considering we’re on the brink of a brand new year, I should probably write about New Year’s traditions, resolutions and blackeye peas… but I’ve done all that before, and quite frankly, this year is not one that has held fast to our regular traditions. If you want my favorite blackeye pea recipe, email me and I’ll be happy to share. But to bring 2020 to a close, I’m going to write about cookies again. I said I was going to wrap up 2020 with cookies and sweets, and so here we are. Mainly because I just received a fantastic recipe … Continue reading Let’s ring in the new year with macarons

These cookies will put you at the top of the Nice List

    Christmas before last, I discovered a new favorite-cookie-ever that I made so often that first season, I ended up actually getting tired of them. Can you believe that?! It’s only because I ate too many, as I tend to do if I find a cookie that I really, really enjoy. As a matter of fact, I’m currently semi-tired of chocolate chip cookies. That felt weird to say. Do I have a fever? That’s crazy talk. I wouldn’t turn one away if someone offered me one right now, but I might not jump up and go bake any on a … Continue reading These cookies will put you at the top of the Nice List

It’s not cookies, but Santa won’t mind this on his plate

  I promised that we were going to finish out 2020 on a sweet note, because I think we all deserve a treat or two this year. When a reader asked for some gluten-free recipes, I knew this week we would be focused on a different kind of treat… a non-cookie that belts out, “It’s Christmastime!” in my mind every time I think of it.  I was in the grocery store the other day, and was stopped in my tracks when I rounded a corner and nearly knocked over a display. When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but … Continue reading It’s not cookies, but Santa won’t mind this on his plate

Just when I thought coffee couldn’t get any better…

According to a study earlier this year, it was found that 64% of Americans drink coffee every day. That’s roughly 400 million cups of coffee, with an average cup containing 95mg of caffeine. That’s a lot of caffeinated people, not to mention the decaf drinkers. Are you part of the at-least-64%? If so, how do you prepare your coffee? There are so many options for coffee preparation that you can use a different method every day of the week for your making your cup… at least that’s the situation in our home. We’ve gone through a number of drip coffee … Continue reading Just when I thought coffee couldn’t get any better…

The Hotel Limpia Cookbook – a piece of history in our kitchen

Long before I stepped foot on Fort Davis soil, I was introduced to the Hotel Limpia by way of a recipe from a cookbook. I worked for many years at a church in Boerne, and was part of the Cookbook Team that assembled the church’s second cookbook in 125 years. We asked parishioners for their favorite recipes so that we could include them in the massive publication. One submission was for Hotel Limpia Buttermilk and Honey Biscuits, from a faraway place I’d never even heard of at the time (“Fort Davis? Where is that?”), and was assured they were the … Continue reading The Hotel Limpia Cookbook – a piece of history in our kitchen