Pot Roast Plethora and a Parboiled Goose

Modified rapture! The pot roast fell apart. Four hours at 250°, and a three-pound chuck roast falls apart when nudged with a fork. It has taken me twelve years to relearn that. Until 1988, I cooked lovely pot roasts, tender and tasty. I followed my mother's example: no flouring, no searing, just season the meat, put it … Continue reading Pot Roast Plethora and a Parboiled Goose

Saints, Angels, Bananas, and Bricks

David made banana pudding. I'd planned to make it myself. We had spotty bananas. David made a special trip to HEB for sugar, flour, cream of tartar, vanilla wafers, and other ingredients Miss Myra required. Then I ran out of steam. That was Friday. Saturday the bananas were even spottier. Definitely on their way out. I was the same, … Continue reading Saints, Angels, Bananas, and Bricks


Friday Fictioneers 100 words Friday Fictioneers Prompt. Copyright Erin Leary.John ambled into the kitchen. "What's cooking?" "Mushroom gravy." Mary kept stirring. John frowned. "Toadstools. Fungi. Dorothy Sayers killed someone with Amanita." "These are morels." She added salt. "Everybody eats mushrooms." "I don't." "Suit yourself." He sat down. "Where'd you buy them?" "I picked them." "You?" "Aunt Helen helped. She knows 'shrooms." Mary held … Continue reading ‘Shrooms

Texas #1! If Football Doesn’t Get You, the Turkey Will

By No machine-readable author provided. Johntex~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims). [GFDL,  CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons   Remember when Murphy Brown and her colleagues cooked and served Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter, and Miles brought in a bunch of live turkeys in his BMW (nobody had specified they were to be ready for … Continue reading Texas #1! If Football Doesn’t Get You, the Turkey Will

#ROW80 & Decency

This week I did not meet my writing goals, and I joined four groups. The groups are activity-optional, so I can't get too bent out of shape about signing up. One of them sends me recipes I have no intention of trying. Although I didn't achieve my target would count, I worked on plotting Molly. … Continue reading #ROW80 & Decency

Patricia Deuson’s Superior Longing Published Today

I'm proud to have author Patricia Deuson as my guest to introduce her new mystery novel, Superior Longing. Please join me in welcoming her. * Thanks for the invitation, Kathy! It's a pretty exciting day for me, and I'm glad to be here. The first book of the Neva Moore series, SUPERIOR LONGING, sees the … Continue reading Patricia Deuson’s Superior Longing Published Today