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Travis’s Homemade Vegetarian Chili Recipe

WARNING! EXPERIMENTAL RECIPE! Since we made Bo’s massive steak last week, I thought we would give Travis his turn this week. Ever since I wrote the chili scene in You Can Leave Your Boots On, I’ve known I wanted to do post with a chili recipe. Only problem? I don’t have a vegetarian chili recipe. (Hey, I live in Texas with a Bo-style carnivore). But… I live in Austin, Texas and I know lots of vegetarians. So… none of them gave me their recipe to plaster all over the Interwebz. The advice I got was, “Just make your favorite chili recipe and sub textured meat protein for the meat.”

Vegetarian Chili RecipeOkay, all great, except all my recipes start with browning the meat. So I consulted Mr. Google. There are tons of vegetarian chili recipes, but none looked quite like the type of chili I would normally make at home. So…. I started from scratch. I’m experimenting on y’all.   Here we go… Continue reading

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Squash Casserole Recipe

I haven’t complained  about the amount of squash coming out of my garden. That would be silly. Fresh, almost-free, organic veg is great! But we’ve had a LOT of squash. I’ve been getting all kinds of creative with the zucchini, but for the yellow squash this is one of my favorite recipes and we almost never get tired of it. Warning: This is a Southern-style recipe (and what I mean by that is that we take something superficially healthy–squash!–and do our bests to load it up with tasty stuff that isn’t so healthy).

Healthy or not, this recipe is easy and tasty. Here goes!

Squash Casserole

Here’s mine – I forgot to add the breadcrumbs on top this time. Still tasty!

Squash Casserole Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs yellow squash (more or less)
  • 6 Tb butter
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tb sugar (for the “healthy” version, use brown sugar)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

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No-Bake Pie Recipe for the 4th of July

It’s the 4th of July. There will be barbecues and picnics and family and desserts. And it’s hot. Most of the food can be grilled outside, but you really don’t want to turn the oven on to make those desserts. I’ve got a yummy no-bake refrigerator pie that is perfect for this situation. This is a pie from my childhood and I can’t remember a family Independence Day gathering without it. My mother was wrangling four kids, making all that food, and ready for some short-cuts when it came to dessert. This pie is EASY. If you can operate a hand mixer, you can make it. I’m not even sure you need the hand mixer!

Red White and Blue Pie

Cream Cheese and Lemon Pie with Berries Recipe

Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients 

(Easy-Peasy Cheat! Buy a ready-made graham cracker crust!)

  • 10 sheets of graham crackers (1 1/2 cups)
  • 6 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar Continue reading

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