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What Do You Have for Sunday Lunch When It’s Cold and Wet?

Stew? A hearty soup? Chili? Maybe something from the slow cooker?

I like any of those choices, and since it’s usually indoor time when the weather’s nasty out, cooking’s a joy. I take my time and check the dish regularly while I work on fiction or something equally gentle. We don’t have snow down here, thank […]

More Soups and Stews Than You Can Shake a Spoon At…

My wife enjoys the magazine “Real Simple.” The part I read involves cooking and recipes. That’s gotten me to take a look at (and finally bookmark) the Real Simple website.

To show you some of the great ideas shown over there, here’s a link to their 45 Savory Soups and Stews. Yep, that’s right; 45 soups […]

Relaxifying at the Ranch (And No, the Word Processor’s Not Open)

Okay, if I can’t type’em, I’ll join’em. Or however that saying goes…

This weekend is rocking along very low-key, hiding out at the Ranch and not even cooking a meal this time. Just more nachos. With fajita beef, for one thing. And maybe some non-candied jalapeños. (I wonder how many jalapeño peppers it takes to […]

Welfare Soup, Good for You AND Your Budget

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

Many of us have changed our lifestyles in the continuing travails of the economic downturn. I know, the government says we’re recovering. Unemployment’s still high too. Oh, we’re buying more specialty foods, which is a good sign.

Some of us can’t afford those specialty foods, though. […]

This Stew Will Make You (Feel) Pregnant

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

My wife had a tough time of it when she was pregnant. Four months of morning sickness, and often days when she couldn’t keep anything down all day long. Ever since then she’s never been a morning person. (I claim there’s a direct causal link.)

My […]

Old-Timey Eats: Texas Depression Days Stew

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

It may not be the Depression anymore (although I know some folks who would dispute that), but some of the poor-folk food that was invented to feed families on next-to-nothing has come back into vogue recently. It’s more than the economic tough times; some of […]

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 […]