Pork seasoning

I grew up eating a lot of items seasoned with Lawry’s season salt. If you are familiar with it, you’ll know that it’s pretty salty. This recipe is very similar. I particularly like this type of blend on pork, but it’s important to use it sparingly. This is one of the few places where I’ll…

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. ┬áThis 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….

Chicken and Dumplings

I don’t think it would be possible for me to talk about chicken and dumplings without also talking about the Vineyard House. Also, considering that we’re in the Halloween season, I think this will be the appropriate discussion. Growing up in the Sierra foothills I remember family trips to Coloma. Coloma is where gold was…

Apple Pie

Northern California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada is apple country. During these days of fall weather and terrible traffic as out of towners descend on us hill folks to participate in apple related activities, I thought it would be appropriate to whip up an easy apple pie at home. This way, I can…

Coleslaw

This easy and versatile coleslaw dressing recipe can be used with either whole head cabbage or an equivalent amount of that tasty broccoli slaw mixture which is available at the store.