Olive Oil Visiting Cake

Today when Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show and I chatted about olives I mentioned that, during Bible times, olive trees were so prolific that they turned up in various places in the Bible. (Think of Jesus in the Agony in the Garden on the Mount of Olives).  In fact, olives were not only used as food but the oil was used in bread … Continue reading Olive Oil Visiting Cake

The Tale of 2 Brittles (Nut, that is!)

After my presentation at a recent women’s’ conference, a participant asked if I could help with a nut brittle recipe.  “I had a slightly spicy pine nut brittle in New Mexico and would like to make it but with regular nuts,” she said.  Now I’ve made brittles on top of the stove and in the microwave, and since the lady didn’t specify, I’m sharing both. … Continue reading The Tale of 2 Brittles (Nut, that is!)

Honey Roasted Almonds, Country Fair Kettle Pecans

I had a somewhat desperate message on my phone machine from a reader who needed my recipe for honey roasted almonds. “I can’t remember if you shared them in a class or in the paper. I’m having a party this coming Saturday and can’t find my recipe!” “No worries” I told her. That recipe has made the rounds both in print, my cable show and … Continue reading Honey Roasted Almonds, Country Fair Kettle Pecans

Fall Color May Mean More Than Just Autumn

From friend and colleague and garden expert, Ron Wilson. Take a look! Gardening Tips From Ron Wilson RON WILSON Oct 10, 2019   I received a call recently from Miguel Preza, the Integrated Pest Manager for a local nursery about the onset of early fall color. He said something very helpful, “If the tree or shrub looks different than the others, take a closer look. … Continue reading Fall Color May Mean More Than Just Autumn

Photo Tutorial How To Prepare Pumpkins, Squash

Check out our red truck in the field with Farmer Bruner gathering pumpkins and squash. I like to poke them with a fork, microwave for a couple of minutes, pull them out with mitts, let cool and then peel or cut. My friend, Matt Swaim, cuts off the bottom of butternut squash and then stands them up to peel. No microwaving needed. Like spaghetti squash? … Continue reading Photo Tutorial How To Prepare Pumpkins, Squash

Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sage

Gourds are mentioned in the Bible in several places.  Lots of different types of wild gourds abounded in the Mediterranean region. Some were edible, some were not.  In 2 Kings 4:39, when Elisha had his people around him, one of his servants put a gourd into a pot of stew. In Jonah 4:6-10, the gourd is identified as the plant under which Jonah found shade. … Continue reading Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sage

Spicy Sausage Chili

Sometimes having to use meat by the “use by” date inspires me to try something new. That’s how this farmhouse sausage chili recipe came about. I had a pound of pork sausage that had to be used and the outdoor temperature dipped to the low 40’s. Perfect timing.  Maybe you’d like to try this sausage chili for that Halloween party. Rewarm in the slow cooker.  … Continue reading Spicy Sausage Chili

Southwestern Cornbread Salad For Halloween!

 This year my jumbo jalapeno peppers grew so well. I’m still harvesting them along with Serranos and sweet bells. My grape and cherry tomatoes are still producing, too. So my goal is to make candied jalapeno peppers,  and freeze the tomatoes.  But before I do any of that, I have to make a layered salad to tote to a family gathering. The hot peppers and … Continue reading Southwestern Cornbread Salad For Halloween!