Pecan Smoked Chicken Thighs


I know most people are crazy about chicken and turkey breast, but for me dark meat is where it’s at. It has all the flavor and is the most tender cut of poultry. So I go against the grain, as I am prone to do, and always opt for bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for almost…

Orange Ginger Salad with Sesame Shrimp


After the wife and I hiked the roughly 6 mile Orange Trail at the Fair Hill NRMA we could not stop thinking about dinner. We are beginner hikers and the trail took us about 3 hours to complete. We got home, stretched, and cleaned up and then I went to work in the kitchen. I…

Pan Seared Chop with Fennel Spiked Zucchini Tomato Pasta


After a two hour hike on the Fair Hill Trails and an afternoon volunteering at Fair Weather Farm at Fair Hill, I was famished by the time I got home Thursday evening. I feed my fur-gang and without much thought, I threw together this quick pork and pasta recipe for my dinner. The fennel seed…

Egg Muffins with Spinach and Toasted Fennel


If breakfast is before 10am, I’m not interested. However, on mornings I hike the Fair Hill trails or volunteer at Fair Weather Farm breakfast is an absolute must. The best way to ensure I am responsible in the morning is for me to make breakfast in bulk on the weekends so all I have to…

Char Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes


In Texas, a Plain baked potato is anything but plain. Order a plain baked potato in the Lone Star State and that potato is gonna arrive at your table piled high with shredded cheddar, sour cream, bacon, and chives. This twice baked potato recipe is my version of a Texas Plain. I grilled the potato…

Grilled Cheeseburgers, Lemon Za’atar Vegetable Kabobs


I’ve never been a big fan of ground beef, preferring ground turkey and chicken instead. However, while hunting through Detwiler’s Farmer’s Market freezer section a couple years ago, I stumbled upon a 2 for $10 sale on their fresh ground beef and decided to give it a try. Their ground beef is amazingly delicious and…

Szechuan Stir Fry with Tofu


It was 90 something degrees yesterday but what did we both want for dinner? Hot and spicy stir fry of course, AND I decided to oven fry the tofu on top of that! Hope the extra 200 or so calories I saved by skipping the pan frying was worth how heated my kitchen got with…

Daikon Scrambled Egg Tacos


What’s the number one must have hiking accessory? Why a hearty breakfast of course! Before I ventured out on my first hike on the Fairhill Trails near my home, I got busy preparing breakfast. With several organic daikon radishes in my fridge, courtesy of Fair Weather Farm at Fairhill, I decided to saute them hash-style…

Slow Cooker Smoked Turkey Posole


I fondly remember my dad outback in the yard behind our trailer house manning the oversized black smoker my uncle welded for him slowly adding hand chopped piece after piece of Pecan logs into the smoke box. Nothing smells better than the slow burning of Pecan or Hickory or Apple wood and nothing tastes better…

Chicken Vegetable Biryani with Spicy Tomato Chutney


Unless you count fried chicken and collard greens and TexMex and Cajun (which I do) or all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets (which I don’t) as ethnic food, I was exposed to very little variety around the dinner table growing up. When I was very young, my mother kept up a vegetable garden so thankfully I was exposed…

Spaghetti Carbonara


Growing up in Texas, I ate a version of Spaghetti Carbonara many times without ever knowing it was actually an ancient Roman dish. As poor as we were, leftovers were rarely wasted and if there happened to be a tupperware container of spaghetti in the fridge from the the previous night’s dinner then Momma would…

Sunny Side UP Egg, Toast with Sriracha Ketchup, Peppered Bacon


Ok, so here I go on again about fresh farm eggs but just look at that silky liquid gold oozing over my plate! So freaking delicious! I can’t tell you how fabulous these fresh eggs are, you’ll just have to try them out for yourself. Oh and credits to Amy for her fantastic fresh baked…