Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Italian Meatballs Bolognese

Sometimes a big fat spicy meatball just hits the spot. Classic bolognese sauce with anchovy & lotsa fresh garlic simmered for a couple hours ... then I added the meatballs spiced up with red pepper flakes & green onions/herbs, eggs, breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese & simmered some more. Sided up with a big green salad & garlic toast ~ Mama Mia, dat's Italian!

Kansas Backroads In The Fall

Went for a cruise out into the boonies yesterday ~ took the backroads to my favorite fishing hole ... had my poles with me but never wet a line ~ just enjoyed the beautiful weather and scenery.

Far from the maddening crowd......

Burning Leaves

There's orange and gold and scarlet on the fields
Beside the somber black of earth new-plowed
A woman burning red and yellow leaves
The pale blue spiral twisting to a cloud

One afternoon like this we walked alone
Through orchards and beneath a bent old oak
The spice of ripened apples mingling with
The faint and stirring pungency of smoke

No need of words to mar that perfect hour
Which hangs star-bright against the midnight blue
Of other days. A whole eternity
Is etched in poignant silences anew

These many years! Again the flowing flame
Of scarlet oak. Again the autumn sheaves
Love, laughter, pain and parting, life and death
Are blended in the smell of burning leaves

Zula Bennington Greene
aka "Peggy of the Flint Hills"
October 17, 1942

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Indian Summer

John Prine ~ Killing The Blues

Leaves were falling .. just like embers
In colors red and gold they set us on fire
Burning just like a moonbeam .. in our eyes

Somebody said they saw me
Swinging the world by the tail
Bouncing over a white cloud
Killing the blues...

I am guilty of something
I hope you never do because there is nothing
Sadder than losing .. yourself in love


Now you ask me .. just to leave you
To go out on my own and get what I need to
You want me to find .. what I've already had

Flat Iron Steak Quesadillas

Tasty steak quesadillas topped with homemade black bean/corn salsa made with homegrown tomatoes, garden fresh onions, sweet corn, jalapenos and serranos ~ all from the Perrydize garden.

Tillamook cheddar & thin sliced flatiron steak tossed in hot sauce.

Sliced mixed homemade pickled peppers and more cheddar.

Toasted in hot skillet & cut into wedges.

These gameday snackins got scarfed down lickety split.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

ABT Omelette W/Smoked Sausage

Smoked homemade brisket/serrano sausage, home fried yukon gold 'taters & onions and a fluffy 4-egg omelette stuffed with chopped ABTs & cheddar ~ topped with a few more chopped ABTs.

Smoked Sausage And ABTs

Smoked sausage and ABTs ~ great snackins for football watchin' on a Saturday afternoon. Gonna use a few them ABTs to make an omelette this morning, too. Serranos from the Perrydize garden.

View off my back patio while I was smoking the the sausage & ABTs ~ do ya think I need to mow my yard? HUHHHH????

Homemade brisket/serrano sausage & ABTs stuffed with homemade pimento cheese & pulled pork. Japs from the Perrydize garden.
Carol Elizabeth Jones ~ Comin' Down From God

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Charlie Musselwhite

Eat Your Veggies

Roasted potatoes, onions, carrots & fresh brussel sprouts.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Roasted Root Vegetables

Baby yukon golds, carrots, onions & fresh brussel sprouts

Tossed wit a lil' EVOO, salt & cracked black

Mais, gonna treat mahself to a steak t'night ~ got a nice big ol' flatiron marinatin' for to throw on the coals this evening ... just prepped these vegs fer hot roastin' to side up dat steak. What ... I LIKE veggies, so sue me! Thinkin' I might make some garlic toast wit dat fresh baked bread, too. God Bless America!

Sourdough Parmesan Beer Bread

Free form loaf ~ hot out the oven

Kaiser rolls

I'm not even gonna begin to gestalt this bread recipe, because it's just weird in a Frankensteinian kinda way ~ but it was some of the best bread I ever baked.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Chicken Pot Pie

Mais, I went all foo foo and lattice like on the biscuit topping for this chicken pot pie ~ even put some parmesan cheese in the biscuit dough (Lord, I apologize for that ... and be wit them starving pygmies down there in New Guinea)

Here's what underneath dat foo foo biscuit topping ~ nice thick savory homemade chicken stew wit lotsa fresh veggies & chunks of slow-stewed chicken.

Well, I had the oven cranked up so I hauled off and baked a few soft, chewy peanut butter/oatmeal cookies too.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Soup And Sourdough

Temps turned cold yesterday ~ right on cue wit the autumnal equinox ... so I whooped up a big pot of homemade chicken veggie soup & baked some fresh sourdough fer soppin'.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The End Of Summer

That's it for summer ~ fall begins today at precisely 4:18 CDT

"The milkweed pods are breaking,
And the bits of silken down
Float off upon the autumn breeze
Across the meadows brown."

Cecil Cavendish

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Nickel's Worth Of Grits

Ol' settler's beans ... atop a pilaf of cheesy caramelized onion grits. Ain't no fancy city vittles, but it sure did taste good.
Jimmie Dale Gilmore ~ I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Breakfast On Da Bayou

Fluffy green chile queso omelette, fried caramelized onion grits, crisp bacon ~ washed down wit a virgin bloody.

Caramelized onion/cheddar grits, chilled overnight ~ sliced & dredged in flour/yellow cornmeal & fried in bacon drippins.

Oh Yeah ~ dat's what I'm tawkin' about.

We don't need no steenkin' Egg McGriddle, no!

If I Had A Hammer

R.I.P. ~ Mary Travers

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Honeyed Peach Cobbler

Amazing what can be done wit a lil' fresh fruit & some flour, eh?

Hot out the oven ~ chunky, rustic and homemade. Best friend a scoop of vanilla ice cream ever had, ah garrontee!

Fresh locally grown peaches, ripe and sweet & juicy.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Live Video Feed from Winfield

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Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival

Winfield Weekend

Freddy Johnson
Rob & Robin Bell
Johnny Clark
Alonzo Beardshear
Bill Wiseman
Simon Danborg
Rick Bradstreet
Kenny Craig & daughter Lindsey
The whole Bunkhouse Gang
I've been very blessed over the years to have many good friends, and most of them are talented musicians. I have no idea why these talented people let me hang around with them, because I cain't carry a tune in a bucket ~ but in any case, this is the weekend of the great Walnut Valley Festival (know simply as Winfield to us) and it got me to thinking about some of the good times I've had with these folks above. Laissez le bons temps roulez!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tex-Mex Pizza

Scratch cornmeal crust slathered with homemade green chile sauce & topped with smoked pork chunks, fresh corn chow chow, smoked provolone cheese & caramelized onions.

After about 12 minutes in a 425* oven ~ badda boom ~ good eats.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Crunky Breakfast Biscuits

Mais, I got lost at the groceria this morning ~ hadn't had mah cawfee yet & was looking fer something quick for breakfast ... found mahself in the canned meat isle & spied a can of bacon SPAM ... dat's right, bacon-studded SPAM. Now, how's a bubba like me gonna pass that up, huhhh?? Came home and fried it up and slapped it on a scratch buttermilk cathead wit a splash of Tabasco and a drizzle of homemade blackberry jam. It was so gawdawful I ate 3 of them. Now ... it's time to crack a beer and settle in for an afternoon of NFL action.