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Tortilla Soup with Chicken, Tomatoes & Avocado Recipe

November 3rd, 2010 by Pamela Murski


Tortilla Soup with Chicken, Avocado & White Mexican Cheese

Nothing says “Fall” better than a really good bowl of delicious soup!  Earthy, slightly spicy, sublime, down home good is how I describe really good homemade tortilla soup.  The soup is simple to make and is even better the day after it is made.  Serve it with chunks of hearth style bread for soaking up all the delicious juices while savoring every bite.  Fresh avocado and Mexican white cheese is a must!  Pair it with a spicy red wine, such as the  “Saucy Red” from our local “Windy Winery” located just a few miles down  from the B&B.

Chicken Tortilla Soup:

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Fall Garden Herbs, Vegies, and More…

October 12th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

With dill as the herb of the year, it is a good idea to start planting it in the garden soon.  Be sure to plant lots of its wonderful familial relatives such as parsley, fennel, lovage, cilantro, and chervil. Now is also a good time to start planting other cool season plants such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, chard,  spinach, lettuce, collards, mustard, turnips, beets, and such. Stick some of these into your flower beds for interest. ‘Redbor’ and ‘Winterbor’ kales with their dark purple or soft green leaves look great with pansies, snapdragons, calendulas, dianthus, chartreuse lettuces,  parsley and cilantro – the bonus is 

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Street Food….Chinese Noodles & Vegetables Recipe

October 7th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

Street foods have a rich and colorful history where all strata of society, from fishwives to royalty, have played a role in its evolution. Foods of the World—Street Food was chosen as the theme  for the September Culinary meeting. My friends hall and back porch were converted into the “street” from which delicious foods such as Italian and Caribbean kebabs and Bolivian  cheese empanadas were served. As we continued our “world tour” we sampled falafel from Arabia, spicy potato roti from India, and other delicious treats. Cranberry kvass is a popular thirst quencher in Russia. We were dubious about the mildly fermented creation, but were pleased to discover it was  actually quite good. A favorite recipe

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Early Summer Gardens Texas Ranch Bed and Breakfast

August 26th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

The summer brought on the grasshoppers and leaf cutters but the gardens  transitioned beautifully from Spring to Summer producing zinnias, gladiolus, sweet peas, roses, flowering basils, incredible cardoon blossoms, and so much  more.  Our  vegetable gardens at the B&B were chock  full of cucumbers, squash, thyme, fennel, colorful swiss chard, bell peppers, basil, yellow and red tomatoes.  We spied this fun cucumber that we had missed that was now firmly entrenched in the landscaping timbers!  What were your gardens like this summer?

Best of Summer Salads at Texas Bed and Breakfast

July 27th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

Greek Salad

Summer time screams tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and basil….all fresh from the gardens at the B&B.  This Greek Salad is a favorite and equally delicious as a side or the main course.   Paired with  crusty bread, herb butter, glass of vino and you have a feast!

Put together equal parts of chunked tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, whole black olives, fresh mozzarella balls or cubes, bite sized strips of fresh basil.  Mix 1/3 balsamic vinegar with 2/3 good quality olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and drizzle over vegies.  Toss to mix.  Garnish with basil flowers and serve.  Be sure not to overdress the salad….you can always serve extra dressing on the side.  This salad is great to adjust to your own taste buds by adding whatever you have on hand that is fresh and creating your own version of summer salad.  Fresh edible flower buds are a great addition as well as herb fronds such as fennel, thyme flowers, and Fiddle Head buds.