Basil pesto

When basil is plentiful in the summer, I like to make gobs of this stuff. It freezes well too. There’s nothing better than whipping out some fresh basil pesto in January!

Creole seasoning

I love Louisiana. When we get the chance to visit, we enjoy the food, culture, and spice! The above image is Jack waiting patiently for something tasty to take the bait on Bayou Sauvage just outside of New Orleans. This is an all purpose creole seasoning used to flavor soups, sandwiches, fried critters, etc.. Give…

BBQ rub

Often, I like to simply use Kosher salt and coarse black pepper to rub down briskets and the like, but sometimes I get crazy and use this all purpose rub.

Roasted butternut squash soup

Unfortunately, there were no butternuts emerging from the garden during this growing season. With all the garden items, I just didn’t make room this year. However, this squash is plentiful and easy to grow. Thankfully, I have access to the farmers markets and a decent selection at the local grocery as well.  This recipe is…

Chocolate chip persimmon cookies

I should refer to these as “Jill’s Chocolate chip persimmon cookies”. Our family looks forward to the holiday season when the persimmons finally freeze and become soft and ripe. Jill loves to pluck the fruit from the otherwise bare tree and make batch after batch of these delicious cookies (the rest of the family just…

Blueberry Coffee Cake

My family loves this simple coffee cake and it is also great for company. Since the ingredients are straightforward, it’s likely that you’ll have the stuff necessary without making a special trip to the store. It’s easy enough to throw this recipe together while everyone is enjoying their first cup of coffee in the morning….

Bad Santa

It’s back into the brewery my friends… A few weeks before Thanksgiving every year, my friend Rich and I like to try our hand at a holiday beer. Holiday beers have become very popular. Some holiday beers clearly have the flavor of the season with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, pine needles (yes, seriously), and other…

Boeuf à la Bourguignonne

Boeuf à la Bourguignonne, Beef Bourguignon, beef burgundy, or just beef in wine sauce. For me, few dishes invoke thoughts of cool weather, friends and hearty meals like beef Bourguignon. Many credit Julia Child with bringing this dish to the forefront. As a result, Americans often envision this dish when they think of French cuisine. Several…