Mesquite trees – useful for more than just barbecue wood

Mesquite trees are common all over our Far West Texas area, and across the entire Southwest. It’s one of the most common desert shrubs out here, and grows easily in the semi-arid areas of the Chihuahua, Sonoran, and Arizona deserts. Bees love mesquite trees, too. The mesquite tree was a means for survival. Indigenous peoples to our region likely used the mesquite tree for everything from soothing the digestive system to use as an anti-fungal and antibiotic, to making bows, arrows, and sewing needles with the wood from the tree. Historically, the dried pods and seeds were milled (ground into … Continue reading Mesquite trees – useful for more than just barbecue wood

Spam – do you love it or hate it?

I recently made a culinary confession on social media. Isn’t that the way you’re supposed to share your deepest feelings these days? In this covert research effort, I knew I was going to face a certain scrutiny from friends and family, and prepared for the worst. I was pleasantly surprised. My confession: I like Spam. Spam as in ham in a can. My husband does not share the taste for canned meats with me, so I haven’t had any Spam in many years, although we always have it in our pantry. You probably have some lurking in your pantry, too. … Continue reading Spam – do you love it or hate it?