Dec 03, 13
By Jessica Domel
I don’t know about you, but this time of year, I spend a lot of time trying to re-create family recipes that may have been lost with the passing of relatives.
Foods like Texas Trash, which is a Chex party mix variation, German noodles, Velveeta queso and purple Jell-o bring back strong memories of family, holidays past and lively conversations among cousins.
Over the years, I’ve been able to re-create versions of our family’s favorite recipes, but it’s never quite right. There was something about my maternal grandmother’s kitchen that made her Texas Trash taste so much better. She often gave a giant container of it to all of us for Christmas.
Nov 26, 13
By Julie Vrazel
Every year on Thanksgiving—rain or shine, cold or warm—we feed our cattle before we can dig into our feast. It doesn’t matter that it’s a holiday, our bovine family comes first.
Growing up as part of a farming family meant I didn’t have the same routine as my friends from town.
And I’m thankful I didn’t.
As we embark upon the holidays—a time for family and reflection—I find myself reminiscing on the top 10 reasons I’m thankful to be part of a farming family.
Nov 22, 13
By Kelly Bogard
There are certain things that are sacred about Thanksgiving at our home. I do not know if this happens in every family in the U.S., or the South or Texas or maybe we are weird, but there are certain things that have remained the same for as long as I can remember and I love it. Thanksgiving is a very special holiday to me. It isn’t overly commercialized. In fact, it is almost completely forgotten in the retail setting. It is a time for food, family and football.
Nov 15, 13
By Kelly Bogard
Have you ever looked at a recipe and thought, “Oh my, that is just too fancy”? Or have you seen the actual dish at a dinner party and thought, “There is no way I could ever be a good enough cook to make that”? Well, I have a confession to make…sometimes I think the same thing.
There are some dishes that I could never in a million years think that I had enough skill to make. What’s silly about it is that they are actually quite simple. Take this week’s recipe for example. The first time I saw these at a catered dinner I remember assembling them in my head and thinking there must be some trick to making them because they look so fancy. I can tell you now, it’s all about presentation.
Nov 01, 13
By Kelly Bogard
There’s a nip in the air. Yes, I know it’s not much and many of us have yet to put away our summer sandals around here, but, according to the calendar, there should be one. So for today, let’s just pretend.
One of my favorite things about fall is the chance to eat a warm breakfast. I am a huge fan of anything hot for my morning meal. I can remember helping my mom make warm loaves of yummy breads to feed the three growing kids in the house. And though for some families this isn’t breakfast, it is certainly something everyone should know how to make. So, it seemed fitting to make it this month’s Back to Basics recipe.
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