The countdown has started.  For a lot of us, Thursday looms far too near.  Time to clean the house, dust off the special family recipes, and get the shopping done.

We have a fairly set menu in our house.  We use mostly old family recipes, things we’ve made for years.

When we first moved to North Carolina from Texas, a friend gave us this book, More Tastes and Tales From Texas.


I see it as a collection of food favorites from the old country.  For our first Thanksgiving here I grabbed this book and was looking for something new to add to the repertoire … something easy and something good and something Texas.  What I found was Texas Corn Casserole.  It is a holiday mainstay now.  We’ve served this every year since then, for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This year marks 26 years.  That’s a tradition, right?

It is also a great thing to bring along for a pot-luck.  It’s cheap, easy, and crowd-pleasing.

Texas Corn Casserole

1 can corn
1 can cream style corn
8oz sour cream
1/2 cup melted butter/margarine
1 pkg Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

Combine all ingredients just until well-blended and place into greased 2 qt casserole.  Bake at 300 for 1 hour 40 minutes.

I should note that the original recipe calls for 17oz cans and most modern cans are almost 3 oz less than that, so I usually add a small can of Mexicorn.  I think it adds a little color and  “Texas” flavor.  I also sometimes add a tablespoon or so of grated onion.  The only problem I have with this dish is the fact that it cooks for longer and at a lower temperature than most of the other “oven” dishes I make, so I sometimes make it ahead of time.



I Hain’t Forgotted Ya!

imagePlease have a little patience with me.  I am currently participating in NaNoWriMo … that’s National Novel Writing Month.  I’ll try my best to post a couple of cookbook articles soon, but right now I am trying to meet my daily word count.  What I should do is get one of my characters to talk about some odd cookbook they found.  Then I could just copy and paste.  🙂

What is NaNoWriMo?  If you don’t know, here’s the scoop.  Every November, about 200-300 thousand people commit to trying to write a fifty-thousand-word rough draft novel in thirty days.  Not a lot worse than writing a blog, really.  My average blog runs just under a thousand words.  If you start NaNoWriMo on November 1, it takes 1667 words a day.  Anyway, I managed a couple of cop-out articles this week.  Actually, they were planned.  Now, I have completed my NaNo for the day, but I am done pooped (sorry, been writing a lot of dialog).

Anyway, don’t give up on me … I’ll post something COOKBOOK as soon as I can.

Oh, what am I writing?  The sequel to my published novel  The Fever.  If you need something to read, go buy it from Amazon or Barnes&Noble or Smashwords.com.

What’s it about?  A guy obsessed with finding a lost gold mine, but it seems to be like this:

If you search really hard for something, often you find it, but the IT you find may not be the SOMETHING you were after.

See you soon!

A Bit of Ancient Internet History

One Reason I Collect Old Cookbooks

IMG_3844[1]This article by Megan McArdle from last Friday’s Bloomberg View is essentially a primer on why I like old cookbooks.  I don’t have permission to reprint it, so I’m just sharing the link for you to enjoy.

The short of it:  we may have more sophisticated ingredients and better equipment these days, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t wisdom or learning from the past.