BBQ Brisket, Creamed Corn and SaSo Sweet Potatoes

Here’s how my morning started: Me: Hey, how’d you sleep? Mrs. NH: Oh, crud.  You forgot to season the brisket. Me: Crap. You handle the girls’ breakfast and I’ll do it now. You see, we take our brisket pretty seriously in the NH household.  It’s a rare, expensive delicacy in the Czech Republic.  It’s even more special when it’s accompanied by homemade creamed sweet corn … Continue reading BBQ Brisket, Creamed Corn and SaSo Sweet Potatoes

Lard-Fried Chicken

Hey, Larda**! Chow down, wide load! Anybody who has seen “Stand By Me” will remember the above line.  Interestingly, as three white blocks of rendered pork lard were liquefying in my frying pan, the chant “Larda**, Larda**, Larda**!” did enter my mind.  However, instead of it being a taunt, it was all about self-satisfaction.  I had never cooked with lard and I was about to cook one … Continue reading Lard-Fried Chicken

Chicken and Dumplings or Chicken ‘n Dumplins

Growing up in Nebraska I always loved chicken and dumplings.  My dumpling world was limited to the ones Mom made, however.  If I recall correctly, these were dumplings made with Bisquick.  They were delicious and a personal favorite but they are considerably different than the ones you’ll find on order in Texas.  Mom’s were pillowy spoonfulls as opposed to the traditional wide Texas strips. My … Continue reading Chicken and Dumplings or Chicken ‘n Dumplins

Texas Time

“Are you bored yet?” That’s the question I get from, well, pretty much everyone who isn’t around me here in Houston.  The answer is, “No, not yet.” Not at all. Between the doctor’s appointments, sojourns to the grocery store, post office and whatnot, I’ve actually been keeping up with what’s going on in the office.  I’ve been fortunate enough to see friends from all over.  … Continue reading Texas Time