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Best. Burritos. Ever…

This weekend the weather turned off cool and crisp. Not cold, I don’t think my veggie plants are in any danger, but cooler than I like this time of year. (Then again, I’m into shorts and bare feet by Texas Independence.) Cool weather is a good excuse to break out the slow cooker and make […]

Slow Cookers for Pets, and The Blob Strikes Again

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

There are times I simply have to shake my head and say, “Only in a free America.” Today’s Follies examines two items that indicate crossing trends. At the moment, these trends strongly indicate we’re taking better care of our pets’ nutrition than we are our children’s. […]

Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit; Cook’em Right!

Maybe you think you know how to cook pinto beans? Well, here’s a video that begs to differ with you (maybe)…

Here’s the recipe contents:

8 cups water
2 smoked ham hocks
1 medium onion, chopped (she used white, I’d use yellow)
1 pound dried pinto beans
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1-2 […]

Brain Food: Turkey, It's Not Just for Feasts Anymore

This entry is part of a series, Brain Food»

Many Americans have a stereotypical image of Thanksgiving that they carry around in their heads. The feast table’s centerpiece is a huge, roasted bird, so golden brown it almost glows. This turkey is surrounded by an immense harvest bounty: vegetables, cranberries, stuffing and gravy, fruit […]

Recipe du Jour: Slow Cooked Chicken Rice Soup

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

Everybody “knows” chicken noodle soup is good for you, especially when a tough ol’ winter cold has you by the sinuses. Chicken rice is about as good, in our experience. With soups and stews being classic cold-weather comfort food, why not combine the two? Boost your […]

Recipe du Jour II: New Year's Posole, a Family Tradition (If a Bit Late)

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

You remember that game where you say a word or phrase, and your friend says the first thing that pops into her head? Well, I bet if you try this with “hominy” here in Texas, the automatic response is likely “grits.” (Not a bad choice.) If […]