Miscellaneous Cooking Goodies

Every cook has a catch-all drawer or container where we keep the tools that don’t deserve counter space since we only use them occasionally. The same is true of those treasured occasional recipes and “how-to” notes that get stuck away until “next time.” We keep ours here in the Vaughn household on our Misc (Miscellaneous)…

Most Requested Recipes of 2016

MOST REQUESTED RECIPES OF 2016

Potato Side Dishes

Fall is the season I recall fond memories of being in his huge garden with my great-grandfather harvesting the vegetables that needed to be picked before the first hard frost, and my great-grandmother canning (preserving) them in that big, scary, pressure cooker. Some of the even better memories are the dishes she would cook for…

Touch Testing Your Steak

Do you struggle with guessing how well done your steak is? Do you make a calculated guess based on thickness of the steak, heat of the fire, and a length of time to the desired doneness? Sometimes that works, but often it fails dismally. So, is there a better way? How do steak houses seemly…

Christmas Morning Meal

Christmas morning is a time that you shouldn’t have to spend any more time in the kitchen than you want too. Here is a small collection of some of the dishes we would have at our house when our children, and then the grandchildren, would come to spend Christmas eve with us. After the children…

Appetizers for Holiday Gatherings

It seems like we keep really busy late in the year attending events and activities that involve food. Whether it’s a company party or a family get together, a welcome addition to any gathering is an appetizer. The term “appetizer” usually refers to a small plate or single bite of food served before the meal…

Fun Dishes for the Pitch-In

Pitch-in (or, Carry-in) dinners are fun! We always enjoy getting together with friends and family, and when we can do it over food, that’s an even better good time! One of the reasons we enjoy those dinners so much is because of the variety of dishes that we find on the table(s). We might get…

Getting Saucey

All those wonderfully eye-pleasing entrees we prepare, whether roasted, braised, or sauteed, are made better by the sauces that bring that extra measure of flavor and moistness to the plate. From savory to sweet, the sauce often is the jewel in the crown of your starring dish. French “Mother” Sauces There are five basic sauces…

The Great Spicy Cracker Debate

In the sweltering summer of 2016, Lea and I drove from our home in Central Texas to our childhood hometown to attend her family’s annual reunion at the “Homeplace” in rural northeast Missouri. The Homeplace is a 3-acre plot of land deep in the woods, miles from town, purchased by her great-grandfather, George Austin Tate,…