Deviled Ham

Deviled HamI confessed several years ago that I spent many hours as a youth in a bass boat. We also spent hours in a camper, either on our way to a place where we could get into a bass boat, or on our way to a river or stream which contained other sorts of fish.

The camper also took us skiing and to things like the Muensterfest or the Cheyenne Rodeo. I have a very vivid memory of my mother braiding a blue ribbon into my hair and a yellow ribbon into my cousin, Joey’s, hair. We were resplendent in Wyoming that year, as pudgy 10-year-olds, with our Heidi braids and our belts with our names on the back. Don’t deny the cultural value of a youth of relative transience. I had fun, lots of fun, deviled ham sandwiches and all.

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Deviled Ham

Deviled Ham

I confessed several years ago that I spent many hours as a youth in a bass boat. We also spent hours in a camper, either on our way to a place where we could get into a bass boat, or on our way to a river or stream which contained other sorts of fish. The… 

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Marinated Feta Cheese

Marinated Feta Herb Mix

Marinated Feta is simply feta in olive oil with herbs and flavorings added. It is served in a bowl and ladled onto crackers or any other edible raft you might conjure. This recipe is for the herb mix used in marinated feta, but the recipe contains instructions for using it. The beauty of this recipe… 

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Pepper Jelly Grilled Turkey Sandwich

Habanero Jelly Grilled Cheese

It is difficult to name a sandwich something other than what it is. I always end up sounding like I’m making a sexual reference or trying to be clever. But Habanero Jelly Bacon Turkey Grilled Brie Sourdough Sandwich is too long, no matter how accurate it may be. I believe my grandmother would have called… 

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La Popular Wall

2015 Foodways Texas Symposium: The Texas Mexican Table

I traffic in recipes, in ways to make food. But sometimes I take a recipe and step back a few paces, and think about the ingredients and where they came from, how they got to my kitchen, such as when cumin came to the west with the Spaniards in a time of conquest and imperialism…. 

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Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding

When a recipe involves cornmeal, things get personal. I read a comment string on a cornbread recipe yesterday where regional interests were lobbing verbal grenades about “real” this and that and the “right” way and the “wrong” way and, funnily, everyone had a different perspective on what the “real” and “right” way is. Cornmeal strikes… 

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Bluebonnets in Texas

Bluebonnets in Clay County

Just because I’m not writing about it doesn’t mean I’m not cooking. I’m cooking. I’ve simply been cooking to feed, not necessarily to create. Sometimes, when you’ve put 300 some odd recipes out in the ether, you need to sit back and enjoy them. So I’ve been doing what you have hopefully been doing now… 

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