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A Visit to Some Painted Churches

Labor Day is not a great weekend to travel in Texas. The weather is hot, the traffic is heavy, and many restaurants are closed. However, all the stars were aligned for travel. The destination was some of the Painted Churches in south central Texas. Having heard of them for several years, three friends and I set out on THAT Monday to see them.  We took a scenic tour of Bell County, and on a country road saw twenty or more…

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Did You Get the Number of the Truck?

“What truck?” “The one that ran over me”This was the exchange in our family when someone had a particularly difficult day, task, etc.It is appropriate for the past week for Gourmet Gallery and me personally. Now, this is not a BAD thing. There are many good things! Fifth anniversary celebration with 109 friends–GOOD Number One grandson graduating with a Master of Information Systems Degree–GOOD A three-day holiday to West Texas to be with family to celebrate a ninetieth birthday–GOOD (We…

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Why Am I in Texas When There Are Cooler Places?

This is the time of the year– EVERY YEAR–that I ask myself that question. I suppose the answer is that I haven’t gone some other place. The secret to being as comfortable as possible for me is to stay as cool as possible and drink as much liquid as possible. Water , of course, is the logical choice, and it is a good choice. However, our gourmet world offers many options. Below find a couple of drinks that can be…

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My Fig Tree, the Birds and the Squirrels

My fig tree is as tall as the storage house at the back of the lot. It is as big as the storage house. I can only reach about 7 feet to pick the large, luscious figs that are beginning to ripen to their sweetest. I COULD get a tall ladder and move it a few feet at a time around the tree to pick the figs. (.Don’t tell.) I devised a plan for harvesting those figs. I was willing…

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A Source–“Cook’s Illustrated”

Entering the retail world of food has been a education for me. Even though I was a Homemaking teacher  when there were such animals and a wife and mother for even longer, so many new ideas, food and nutrition facts and new methods have appeared since then that I have had to really be alert to all things new. Among  the many magazines that pass through our doors, a stand-out is COOK’S ILLUSTRATED. In fact, it is our go-to for…

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A Summertime Favorite, or Who Doesn’t Love Peach Cobbler?

Peach cobbler always meant making a double pie crust, lining the pan with half and rolling a top crust. I still like it that way, but my niece sent me a recipe that is a hurry-up recipe that is so delicious that I usually make it that way.I have found several similar recipes, but they all require more steps than Lora’s recipe. Here it is: ( Luscious peaches. Watch at Farmers’ Market. Probably will be the best) LORA’S PEACH COBBLER…

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Berries, Berries, Berries

In “the olden days” my school would dismiss mid-April so that the children could help with the crops–hoeing cotton, gathering tomatoes for the market. Not only was school out, but the berries were beginning to ripen. First, we had dewberries. There were bigger, sweeter than the mixed berries and blackberries that followed later in the spring. We picked and ate and took them home and washed them and ate them with milk, made cobblers, and jelly. (The blackberries made the…

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Back to an Old Favorite

On Memorial Day I made Cream Puffs. Remember those? Home Ec Class in high school? The lesson about leavening agents–that eggs and air and steam could make desserts rise, i.e. angel food cakes, sponge cakes, cream puffs, eclairs. According to FOOD LOVERS’ COMPANION,  a cream  puff is also called choux pastry (shoo) pastry. Just in case you missed the lesson in Home Ec, during the baking, the eggs make the pastry puff into irregular domes. They are easy and fun.…

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20 Bottles of Wine on the Wall, 20 Bottles of Wine. Take One Down and Pass it Around….

By Pure Luck I won twenty bottles of wine at the Kentucky Derby Party held at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and sponsored by the Lions’ Club Foundation. This was a fund raiser for the Lions’ Park that has been a place for kids to have fun for many years. Those Lions know how to give a party!!!!! Now the question is, What to do with 20 bottles of wine? Drink some it. Yes. Share some of it. Definitely.…

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Rachel’s BBQ Sliders and Jo Ann’s Cole Slaw

In case you did not taste these sliders when Rachel made them, duplicate them in your kitchen. Any questions? Call about recipes, ingredients or equipment at 254-399-.. Ask for Jo Ann. Smoked Chicken BBQ Sliders Makes 24 Sliders 2 lbs smoked chicken, shredded (Smoked on the Cameron Indoor Smoker) 1 cup Chef Bradley’s Lean Mean BBQ Sauce Combine the Chicken and BBQ Sauce in a medium saucepan. Heat to a slow simmer. 24 rolls or slider buns. (We used Rhodes…

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