I should *WARN* you, these recipes are fluid.  I have been fussed at by friends and family to “write down” my recipes.  When asked “How did you make it?”  my answer is invariably “It’s really easy you just….start with this and add some of that and OH YEAH I also did such and such”.  You get the idea.  Writing them down is a difficult task for me.  I am a tactile home cook.  I work by taste and texture.  Rarely measuring , using on hand ingredients and changing spices on a whim.  I cook until done, working by the “if it smells done its done” rule.  When using someone else’s recipes they are more of a suggestion than stringent  instruction.

Now that you know all of that I am sure you will understand why I will occasionally go back and change a component or two in the following recipes.


Meats & Entrees:

Chicken Enchiladas

5 Bean Chili

Chile Rellenos

Coq au Vin

Seafood Gumbo

Ground Beef & Twice-Baked Potato Pie

Lamb Chops with Rosemary and Red Wine

Roasted (Boneless) Leg of Lamb  

Leftover Leg Of Lamb Stew Recipe


Tuna Steaks

Tuscan Potato Soup (Zuppa Toscana)

Venison Loin Medallions

Side Dishes:

Black Eyed Pea, Avocado Salad

Sautéed Japanese Eggplant and Summer Squash

Grape Salad

Savory Pasta and Chickpea Salad

Sweet Potato Salad 


Blue Cheese Dressing

Cowboy Candy (Candied Jalapenos)

Cranberry Sauce

FussBudget “Garden” Dressing

Drunken Fig Preserves

Best #1 Steak Dry Rub Seasoning

“Some More” Hummus

Spinach and Artichoke Hummus with Fried Pasta Chips


Peach And Jalapeno Jam (Glaze) 

Vanilla Peach Jam

Spicy Brittled “Deviled” Pecans

Pickled Eggs

Paw Paw’s “Good as Chocolate Candy” Pickled Peppers

Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles

Pickled Onions

Ranch Dressing

Strawberry Jalapeno Jam

Tomatoes and Green Chilies (Homemade Rotel)

Tomato Paste – Ice Cubes

Tomato Sauce


Banana Nut Bread

The World’s BEST Cheesecake

Chocolate Cobbler

Chocolate Syrup

Homemade Ice-cream

MeMaw’s Cold Oven Cake

Aunt Patsy’s Divinty

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip


Sourdough Bread

DIY Make More / Spend Less:

DIY Antiperspirant / Deodorant

 Dry Laundry Detergent

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