Meat Lovers Pizza with Mushrooms and Black Olives


As I’ve stated before, I grew up in an impoverished family in little towns all over East and Southeast Texas. Going out to dinner was something we rarely could afford and when we did, we dined at the cheapest places available. Pizza Hut was among one of the more upscale restaurants my family  dined in…

Pork Rice Noodle Soup with Mushrooms and Ginger


Sometimes the best remedy for an allergy attack or upset tummy is a steaming bowl of immune boosting soup. Since this past week I found myself struggling against both, I made a bone broth spiked with ginger, garlic, and onion. I had mushrooms and savoy cabbage on hand so I went with Asian-inspired flavors and…

Vegetarian Nachos Supreme


If you’re anything like me and grew up in an impoverished family, you have fond memories of eating out a fast food restaurants. I remember while my family was living near Henderson, TX (we moved around a lot) that every other Friday (pay day) my mother would take my sister and I through the McDonald’s…

TexMex Tofu Tacos


At my house, tacos are a thing of simplistic, yet creative beauty. We have them for dinner at least once a week and sometimes have a breakfast taco every single morning. To help keep things a bit more healthy, I will often cook tofu in place of meat. I keep tofu on hand in my…

Blackened Tuna, Sauteed Summer Squash, Spicy Mustard Aioli


Nearly every weekend Amy is home she asks for seared tuna. The fun part for me is thinking of new ways to prepare it. Last night I paid homage to Louisiana, which is one of the only things I miss about living in East/Southeast Texas. I had the best blackened redfish of my life on…

Smoked Chicken Tamales with TexMex Chili Sauce


With my first attempt at making tamales at home, I was admittedly intimated and pretty nervous but very determined to learn how to make this Mexican delight. I read a multitude of recipes and watched several hours of YouTube videos for a good month or so before committing to cooking a small batch on my…

Chicken Noodle Soup with Fresh Ginger and Lemon


Over the weekend we did a wee bit of yard work and poor Amy had a severe allergic reaction afterwards. She woke up a couple days later with an aching head, runny nose, and non-stop sneezing fits. So, I decided to make my cure all soup for her and within 24 hours she was feeling…