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Savory Chicken with Lemon Pepper Mexican Oregano Sauce

Uncle Smokey here with an indoors recipe – because it is too hot out at dinnertime to use the grill. I use fresh and dried herbs plus lemon – all harvested from my own acre – but you can use store bought. The “cover” image is “Midnight Snack” cherry tomatoes which grow very well here and taste great in this dish.  In 2017 they were an All-America Selections (.org) winner for flavor, ease of growth, and ample production.  Photo courtesy of AAS. Local Products If you have it – Mexican […]

Basil is for More than Pesto!

Basil grows well in Southwest summers, and can be used for so much more than just pesto.  What, you wonder? Read on! Sharing This post part my own, but mostly shared courtesy of Peg Riccio, who lives in the DC area.  Her website is called Pegplant – and is subheaded “Gardening News, Resources, and Plants in the VA, MD, and DC Area.”  This is the link to her full post – but fair warning – it is more about growing them in the DC area.  To learn about growing this […]

Savor Some Southwest Iced Tea

Jacqueline here today to help everyone celebrate “National Iced Tea Month” – Southwest style! Tea does not need to come from overseas, it can come far more locally – indeed from your own back yard! What is in a name? Language purists will remind us that true tea comes from Camellia sinensis, grown in the tropics. Any “herbal tea” is in fact a “tisane,” but the English language is subject to change over time, thus I am using the term “tea” to mean any herb infused into a beverage. Speaking […]

Fennel and Strawberry Salad

Thanks to Father Kino, the Southwest was part of the great Columbian Exchange. Foods like fennel and strawberries were not native to the region but once introduced became highly popular. The Columbian Exchange We all know that “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” And we know he was looking for spices. On the first trip he filled his ships with seeds and cuttings of plants he found and sailed home (he came back a few times too). The Exchange was the start of the widespread transfer of plants, animals, […]

Gluten Free Pan Bread (Pan Plano)

Last week I shared the mini-recipe for Dutch Baby/Pan Plano because this recipe is what I used to test a number of gluten-free flours from Pereg Foods.  For preparation details, Dutch Baby Delight posted 2 weeks ago – link here.  With thanks to our four taste testers – the results are in! Gluten Free Flour Options There are many gluten-free flour options to try, and what we discovered is that they generally bring some modicum of flavor with them.  Some gluten-free flours are great for savory dishes and some are […]

Pan Plano AKA Dutch Babies – Part II

I started this topic last week with the basic Dutch Baby, or Pan Plano recipe. Now we are going to look at some refinements and embellishments that can be done when not squatting around a campfire. A Short Philosophy of Food Before we cook, let us ponder for a moment the role of meals and food in our lives. Is food simply something to stuff down our gullets so we can continue to play video games or be otherwise entertained by television? Or is a meal and food something to […]

Dutch Baby Delight – Part I

You can serve Dutch Babies for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert! Depends on how you make them and serve them. Their very versatility makes this a recipe that is hard to categorize. Fair warning – this will be a two part post – with the basic recipe today. Dutch Babies in the Southwest are “Flat Bread” We start with the the reason I share this with you today – one form of “dutch babies” has a long tradition in the Southwest. Carlos, a well-seasoned ranch hand I met while camping […]

Not All Sage Is

With apologies to English teachers everywhere, I hope I caught your attention with the title. I used it to call attention to the fact that while many plants are called “sage,” only some of them should be used for food or culinary purposes. What is in a Name? The culinary sage you purchase in the store is Salvia officinalis. The name “officinalis” means that it was once considered the medicinal sage, not the “official” sage. The word officinalis is Latin for “of or belonging to an officina.” An officina was […]

Rebuilding This Site

We are in the process of rebuilding after hackers destroyed all our work.  They got in, possibly looking for money, and when they couldn’t find any, they burned the house to the ground. Rebuilding Takes Time Please bear with us as we rebuild and work in two directions at once – put the old recipes and articles, and Savor Safely information back up, PLUS write and post new material each week!  This will take some time – over 60 articles, plus pictures!  All the pictures are gone too of course. […]

Savor These Two Books

These two books are have links to the Southwest, and both will provide feast for you – one for the eyes and spirit, one for the tummies of you and any kids in your life. If you can find these locally, that would be grand. Sixty-five percent of every dollar spent locally stays in the local economy rather than going to some mega-corp in a galaxy far far away. To find a local bookstore near you use, use the “Indie Bookstore Finder (.org!)” website. Feast Your Eyes For a bit […]