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…

Pecan Smoked Pork Carnitas


There’s not much that makes me happier than cooking outside with the smoke from my grill slowly drifting over me, a cold bottle of beer in hand, while listening to the snap and sizzle of liquid fat splashing over hot coals. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. This recipe took me a couple…

Sweet Bell Potato Hash with Bacon and Sunny Side Up Egg


My favorite breakfast is brunch and I especially love it when I’ve got excellent, local eggs on hand. If you’ve never had local, farm fresh eggs you are definitely missing out! The flavor, the color of the yolk can’t even be compared to those sad ass, bleached white battery cage eggs at chain store groceries….

Blackened Tuna Nuggets, Sunflower Potato Wedges, Chipotle Cream


We were in the mood for fish and chips but when our supply run provided tuna instead of white fish, I modified the menu to accommodate what we’d been able to find. I breaded the potato wedges in crushed sunflower seeds and fine cornmeal and oven fried them for a sort of reverse fish and…

Quick Broccoli Cheese Soup


Earth Day found the wife and I out at Fair Weather Farm happily standing in the bone chilling rain witnessing the amazing feat of sheep shearing. Who knew all the back breaking work involved in producing yarn? The Gotland sheep at FWF are as precious as their wool is beautiful so the rainfall took back…

Grilled Portobello Fajitas


The succulent texture and smoky flavor of these grilled portobello fajitas are guaranteed to satisfy even the most unapologetic carnivores. Whenever I fire up charcoals, I grill as many vegetables as I possible can and utilize them in various recipes throughout the week. So, this recipe was bursting with that slow cooked flavor imparted by…

TexMex Chilaquiles


Chilaquiles are a traditional Mexican breakfast dish of crisp tortillas tossed in red, green, or mole sauce and topped with a bit of melted cheese. True to my roots, I opted for authentic Texas chili gravy instead to add a personal twist of nostalgia to the dish and couldn’t resists a sunny side up egg…

Lentil Quinoa Tacos


Crunchy tacos are definitely authentic TexMex, but this vegetarian version is something you’re probably not going to find on any Casa Ole menu. I like taco grease just as much as the next Texan, but I enjoy the challenge of figuring out new and exciting versions of one of my favorite dishes. Also, I try…

Hot & Sour Udon Soup


The spring days are getting longer and warmer, but it’s still quite crisp around the edges of the evening air. Loving soup the way I do, I will cling to a hot bowl of soup until the very last chill finally surrenders to the buzz and charm of hot summer nights. Then, I will switch…