Stemming the Green Tide: Zucchini Baked Oatmeal Bars

Stemming the Green Tide: Zucchini Baked Oatmeal Bars

Stemming the Green Tide: Zucchini Baked Oatmeal Bars

We normally bake two batches of Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal Bars each week.  These are tasty, easy, filling, and nutritious.  They’re also cheap, since I make them with pumpkins that were given to us in the days following Halloween. (Local churches donate their remaining pumpkins to local farmers when their fundraisers are over.) However, last week, I forgot to rehydrate the pumpkin.  I usually pour boiling water over the dried pumpkin and allow it to sit overnight.  So, I stood in the kitchen needing to make the week’s bars, but not really wanting to break into my store of canned pumpkin. 

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What’s for supper? Mussgo Pot Pie (version I)

What’s for supper?  Mussgo Pot Pie (version I)

Mussgo Meal: /muhz-gō‘ mēl/ noun –meal made from items in a pantry insufficient in quantity to form an entire meal, but too valuable to be wasted. Etymology: Vernacular.  Believed to be derived from ‘must go’.  Probably a corruption due to colloquial accents in Texas. 😉 I told you all recently about the huge pork loin I bought.  The first night we roasted part of it.  This is our favorite way to prepare pork loin!  One of the best things about roasting it that way is the leftovers!  Sometimes, leftover meat becomes dry and tough.  However, this roast remains (Cover your

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What’s for Supper? Mussgo Casserole

What’s for Supper? Mussgo Casserole

“Mama, what’s for supper?” Food. “What kind of food?” Supper food. “What kind of supper food?” The kind you eat. “Ugh.  What kind of food are we eating for supper?” The edible kind. This exact conversation took place in my house for years!  One child after another was tortured with my circumlocutious answer to the age old question, “What’s for dinner?”  However, it wasn’t just because I enjoy tormenting my kids.   It was, because, sometimes dinner doesn’t have a name.  (Irritating the kids was just a perk.) There are nights when I study the contents of the fridge, freezer, and

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Our (Almost) Favorite Pork Loin

Our (Almost) Favorite Pork Loin

Once upon a time, there were two little piggies who grew to be middle sized piggies very quickly.  They had a date to travel to the far off land of Freezer Camp.  However, their travel agent busted a wing and couldn’t help them on their way. Time passed, and slowly the travel agent grew strong and healthy again.  However, the piggies grew too. In fact, they grew to be very big piggies indeed!  They grew so big that the travel agent couldn’t book their passage to Freezer Camp, even with both wings working. While the agent was growing strong and

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Climbing the Beanstalk: Texas Red Beans and Cornbread

Climbing the Beanstalk: Texas Red Beans and Cornbread

There are certain foods that inspire debate.  New York is certain it makes the only ‘real’ pizza.  New England thinks its Clam Chowder is the only legit version.  I’m not going to enter into the whole BBQ debate! Heck, Americans can’t even agree on how to spell that one.  (Although, we all know Texas BBQ is the grand-patriarch of smoked brisket!)

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Climbing the Beanstalk: Cooking Dried Beans 101

Climbing the Beanstalk: Cooking Dried Beans 101

I mentioned before that Red Beans and Cornbread is more than just a staple meal in Texas.  It’s comfort food, but it’s also a clear indicator of a family’s finances.  If there’s ham in the beans, the family is sitting pretty.  If the ham is replaced with bacon, things are tight but manageable.  If there isn’t any bacon and we’re really broke, we add a little saved bacon grease for flavor.  If there’s no meat and no saved fat, those are ‘naked beans’.  Naked beans mean we’re worried about keeping the lights on and the bellies full.  We have eaten

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Homemade Corn Tortillas

Homemade Corn Tortillas

The answer is: YES! The question, of course, is “Are homemade tortillas worth the time and effort?” I live in Texas, and we eat a lot of Mexican and Tex-Mex food.  Years ago, I decided to try making tortillas from scratch, because, they’re cheaper and it sounded fun.  I continue making them, because, you can’t beat the flavor or texture. Making tortillas does require a couple of things that might not be at your local grocery store.  The first is masa harina, also known as corn masa flour.  The brand I see most often is Maseca.  Maseca is available in

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Not-Very-Honduran Baleadas (Bean Tacos)

Not-Very-Honduran Baleadas (Bean Tacos)

It’s all about seizing opportunities! My thought process seventeen years ago: I’m going to homeschool.  I love to cook, and I really love to eat.  I  definitely need to seize this opportunity to work some food into homeschooling.  Hmmm…Food comes from different cultures.  History and Social Studies focus on cultures.  So, I should eat (I mean cook.) food from different cultures for those classes!  Then, if the historic or culturally significant food is tasty, I should seize the opportunity to coopt it into my repertoire.  While I’m at it, I should seize the opportunity to add bacon…and maybe more cheese…

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Does an Irishman like potatoes?

Does an Irishman like potatoes?

Ah, now, is the Pope Catholic? Every culture has stereotypes.  I find Irish stereotypes seriously flawed and strangely amusing.  For example, I’ve never seen an Irishman dressed as a leprechaun drinking green beer.  However, I’ve been wished “Top ‘o the mornin’” by a Texan dressed as a kilt-wearing leprechaun.  He was actually drinking Guinness, and I think he was trying to find the bottom of the keg.  (My family wishes me to specify that the kilt-wearing man was not related to me.  He was simply a fellow concert goer at the North Texas Irish Festival.  I feel compelled to mention,

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Shepherd’s or Cottage Pies

Shepherd’s or Cottage Pies

Are you a Shepherd or a Cottager? Shepherds eat lamb and cottagers eat beef.  Well, at least those are the kinds of pies named after them.  We make this recipe with either lamb or beef, depending on what’s on hand.  The votes are split 50/50 as to which is best.  I am a beef kind of girl  (which is funny for a ‘sheep farmer’).  Liam loves anything made with lamb.  (Thus, the sheep on the farm.)   We had shepherd’s pie at a fantastic little pub in Ardmore, County Waterford.  Ardmore is a small town, but it has some breathtaking

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