In my recent genealogy research, I’ve focused on my father’s side of the family that were early settlers in the colonies we now call America. I’ve found a number of ancestors that fought in the Civil War, on both sides … Continue reading Hardtack – the bread that lasts forever
After last week’s chocolate candy-making column, I thought it might be helpful to talk a little more about the differences in cocoa and cacao today. I love making chocolate at home using ingredients with names I can pronounce like, “cocoa,” … Continue reading Almost everything you ever wanted to know about cocoa and cacao
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a day traditionally filled for many with hearts, cards, flowers and candy. Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world, second only to Christmas in number of greeting cards purchased, checking in at about 145 million cards. … Continue reading Valentine’s Day… hearts, cards, flowers, homemade candy
The other day while I was baking goodies for a local bake sale, I noticed it was taking longer for my cookies to set than the recipe called for. Then, I realized that I’d forgotten I’m baking at just over … Continue reading Baking in the higher elevations of Far West Texas
I’m currently on a cold brew coffee kick. We’ve been coffee home roasters for a number of years, but just in the last year, got pretty serious about it. We replaced our small popcorn-popper roasting system with something a little … Continue reading Making cold brew coffee at home
This past weekend, the beautiful weather on Sunday forced us to jump in the car and go for a West Texas Sunday drive, only we didn’t get too far this time. We made it as far as Marfa, just about … Continue reading Pizza Foundation in Marfa
It warms my heart to see that so many people on social media that have added electric pressure cookers to their kitchens. I’m happy to lend my advice whenever asked. Or whenever nobody asks. I love cooking with my IP. … Continue reading So, you got an electric pressure cooker… now what?
Sometimes out here in Far West Texas, we have the craziest swings of winter weather. Recently in Fort Davis, we’ve experienced fall and winter daytime highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s with a hard freeze that very same … Continue reading Taqueria El Milagro in Terlingua’s Ghost Town
Blame it on the weather, participation in bake sales, or the need to satisfy my inner cookie monster (who’s usually whining and ignored), but I’ve baked a lot of cookies in recent months. I’ve never been big on baking cookies … Continue reading It’s not too late to get on the Nice List!
Life is easier when I remember to make a list… I often forget that the most successful endeavors always include lists, whether it’s a grocery list that I can actually stick to at the store, a to-do list filled with … Continue reading Making my lists and checking them twice