A traditional 4th of July side dish, potato salad. . . . updated

When we decided to cook some hot dogs (actually an assortment of sausages) with fixin’s for 4th of July, it seemed that the traditional side dishes were the way to go. The problem is that I don’t care for potato salad and I abhor baked beans. What to do? I’ve created a potato salad that…

What to do with all of the quail eggs?!

We found a great source for quail eggs – but what to do? We spent a day with about 30 or so quail eggs and followed our inspiration. Give some of them away! teensy little fried eggs on toast for breakfast adorable bite-sized deviled eggs soft boiled eggs to add to pork and greens NUMBER…

Banana Bread Personalized

If you are a banana bread purist, read no further. Frankly, I am not a fan of banana bread. However, with the addition of toasted nuts and ginger, banana bread can transcend its humble beginnings. Some notes on making quick breads: You can easily take a quick bread recipe (banana bread, zucchini bread, etc.) and…

Tuna – think cactus, not fish

Have you ever had a prickly pear margarita and wondered where that prickly pear fruit comes from? Well, if you have access to prickly pear cactus plants, it is easy to make the syrup yourself. When the fruit (called tuna) on the cactus plants turn a dark red, then they are ready to harvest. Pluck…

A Well Stocked Freezer

Often, we throw together meals at the last minute. In order to have rich, complex flavors for a stock, sauce, or stir fry, it helps to have a well-stocked freezer with ingredients that are ready to use. Here in San Antonio as in many places, seasonally we get the Hatch peppers which have a great…

Getting Started

We believe that one of the greatest joys is sharing a simple, thoughtfully prepared meal using fresh ingredients. We have created this blog to share some of our meals and techniques in order to inspire you to create your own culinary experiences. It is not for naught that Shakespeare opens Twelfth Night with Duke Orsino’s…