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…

Chili Roasted Cauliflower Tostadas


Trying to make healthier alternatives to the authentic TexMex I grew up attached too is no small feat. Nonetheless, I keep trying. I garnished these tostadas with sunflower seeds to add a little snap of umami crunch, and with the additional heat of the Chipotle sour cream sauce my cravings subsided. I will definitely keep…

Lemon Pepper Tofu Nuggets, Everything Roast Veggies


A lot of folks are intimidated by tofu. Hell, a lot of folks are intimidated by anything that is vegetarian or vegan. As more and more people are battling diet related diseases, I’d like to believe the general health benefits alone are slowly encouraging people to try cooking meat free, at least, on occasion. Being from…

Spinach Ricotta Lasagna


My current kitchen obsession of late is fresh ricotta and utilizing my slow cooker. Fresh ricotta is so simple to make and the sweet, mild flavor addicting. So a few weeks ago I was in the mood for lasagna and, since trying to go meat-free a few times a week, decided to go with spinach….

Cheddar Grits with Poached Egg and Bacon Crumbles


Look at that bright yellow liquid gold! Is there anything more comforting than a warm, savory bowl of grits and a soft poached egg? Well my Tuxedo cat, Salem, certainly thinks so and was not very happy when he realized he did not receive an invitation to brunch with mommies. So in his tantrum, he…

Breakfast Tacos with Cumin Spiked Scrambled Eggs and Salsa


So yeah, another taco recipe. What can I say? You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take the TexMex out of the girl. This recipe is indeed amazing for breakfast, but don’t shy away from whipping this dish up for a fast and simple weeknight dinner. This recipe was for two,…