Smoke if ya got ’em

September 30, 2017

Yes, honey. Come to Mama.


I like my new toy.

You will recall in my last post, or in some recent post, I mentioned having gotten my new Masterbilt smoker. I finally got the damn thing put together, after stripping the threads on the nut and bolt that hold the damper door on, and did the requisite warm-up runs empty.

Then I smoked steelhead trout filets, which were underwhelming. They were just too…fishy. Or I used too much in my deviled eggs (with the caviar I’d ordered from Amazon. Have I said how much I love Amazon? I love Amazon THIS big…).

Not to be defeated, the next project was a sirloin tip roast. And I am happy to report that, although dinner was an hour later than I had planned, that stuff was GOOD, I am here to tell you. Real good. Sweet Baby Jesus good.

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My Mama’s recipe box

November 3, 2016

A box full of memories -- and love.

A box full of memories — and love.

I’ve been traveling through time this morning.

A few weeks ago, an old family friend asked if I had my Mama’s recipe for candied sweet potatoes. I told her I would bet it was in Mama’s recipe box, which I had…somewhere.

Except I couldn’t find it.

I thought it was residing in my cookbook bookcases somewhere, but I went through those and couldn’t locate it. I looked around in the kitchen, didn’t see it there. But a week or so ago, I came back from being out of town and Child A had it sitting prominently atop the bar. She’d been cleaning, and she found it wedged behind some other books.

So today, as my plans had been curtailed by babysitting duties for an ailing AGC2 (stomach bug, and fortunately, it appears to have been only a light case), I decided to go through it.

It was like being a kid in Benton County, Tennessee again.

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Sorry, kids. I just haven’t had the oomph to get the camera out and take pictures, though I’ve turned out some decent meals. And I’ve shopped, and gotten my hair cut, and my nails done, and had a couple of interviews, and generally enjoyed my week here.

Made a really, really good salad the other night, loosely patterning after one of the plethora of recipes folks have been posting on Facebook lately. This one I had to track via Pinterest to eventually get to, and I don’t remember whose blog it was, but I altered it enough I don’t guess I have to credit them, anyway. But whoever-mystery-blogger-you-were, thanks for the inspiration. Pinspiration. Whatever.

Edamame and Quinoa Salad with Sorta-Kinda Thai Dressing

  • 3 cups chopped red cabbage. I grated it, initially, decided that was going to be too fine, and chopped it.
  • 1 bag frozen shelled edamame, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 1/2 cup roughly chopped raw snow peas
  • 1 1/2 cup diced carrots


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • sriracha to taste (I used about 1/2 teaspoon, I’d guess)
  • dash of fish sauce
  • chopped cashew nuts

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