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
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
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
It was a pretty awesome Texas day on Thursday. Highs were in the 80’s with some fast-moving clouds overhead. So, Little NH and I headed to Wal-Mart to pick up her very first fishing pole. She passed on the Disney Princess pole and went for the Dora the Explorer model instead. Not a move I would have predicted but such is life as a father … Continue reading Gone Fishin’
“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
On the road between Houston and Austin and have an hour or two to spare? Set the cruise to 74 on some back roads and hit the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. Any old GPS (or map) will get you there and it will be worth your visit. I’ve visited a few breweries in my time and almost no one gets it as right as … Continue reading Shiner Brewery Tour – Shiner, TX
We made it, we made it, we made it! Flying through Amsterdam was a breeze and the flight to Houston was complete with generous wine service, movies in the headrest of the seat in front and all in our party had a really great flight. We arrived to see Gigi, aunts, uncles and cousins and got a decent night’s sleep. I got up this morning … Continue reading Merry Christmas from Texas!