The RV Chronicles — He’s just like his mama… (Recipe: Chicken & Black Bean Enchilada-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash)

It doesn’t take long to get to know — really know — someone when you live together in an RV. I recently learned from my daughter, for example, that Kendra Scott earrings are her life and that I shouldn’t just allow the kitten to play with them. I’ve also realized that my wife’s eyes might […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Golden Pumpkin Tassies

I grew up eating the bite-sized Pecan Tassies made famous by Southern Living magazine. Still do, in fact. But the tangy rich tart shells are also delicious with other fillings. If you can get your hands on a Cushaw Pumpkin, do it.  (I used Cushaw pulp for the recipe in the picture; hence the ‘golden’ […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Cushaw: The best pumpkin you’ve never heard of

If we can have Christmas in July, why can’t we have Thanksgiving in August? Yep, we’re talking pumpkin today. And this pumpkin — the Cushaw — is usually harvested during the hot months, like its summer squash brethren. What is a Cushaw Pumpkin? This striped beauty goes by many common names, including Tennessee Sweet Potato […]

Confession No. 14 — Autumn gets me every year

I was beginning to think that September 23 would never arrive this year. During the past few weeks in northeast Texas, we breathed the smoke of several out-of-control wildfires. The outside air was no better than than it had been in July — at least 100 degrees, with nary a drop of rain. But September […]