One Minute Mesquite Muffin – Gluten Free

No, this post is not about snarfing down a mesquite muffin in a minute or less. It is about making a muffin that cooks in one minute! Providing you have a microwave. One Minute Muffin (OMM) Journey Uncle Smokey worked for many years with a wonderful man who, along with his sweet wife, fostered a number of children. Feeding large hungry hordes of small children – a number of them with food allergies – and getting them off to school in the morning was a challenge until they discovered the […]

No-Bake Cookies – A Summertime Low-Heat Treat

Make cookies when it’s an oven outside? Who want’s to turn the oven on inside?!  Here’s how to make some yummy chocolaty cookies when it’s too hot to bake.  This is fun for kids to make, and if the kids want cookies, why not teach them to make their own. (These are low-sugar so a healthy snack – but don’t let on!) I am posting this now, so you can make sure you have ingredients on hand for those picnic potlucks over the Fourth. I made these several years ago […]

Roasted Artichokes – for Fuller Flavor

Artichokes are about ready to harvest right now in Southwest gardens.  Rather than boil them and lose a lot of flavor – roasting them seals in an added layer of flavor! Roasted Artichokes serves 2 or 4 – depending 3 fresh artichokes 2 large fresh lemons 2 tablespoons olive oil fresh herbs chopped fine – fresh if possible, use half as much it they are dried. rosemary, thyme, oregano, and a bit of sage coarse or Himalayan sea salt ¼ teaspoon dried peppergrass seed or freshly-cracked black pepper Preheat oven […]

Greens and More – Amaranth

Summer eating tends to be lighter than winter fare. In North America we tend to eat more greens and salads and less soups and stews. And what a collection of greens we can select from in the Southwest, including amaranth! Amaranth One of my (Jacqueline Soule) favorites – and easily found in many areas, is amaranth. It’s considered a weed, and abounds in vacant lots in Southwestern cities, as well as at the edges of agricultural fields. Where I live, alongside ample rabbits and javelina, about two seconds after an […]

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 […]