Wow. Time to update this page. The last time I did was in 2011.
Well, a lot has happened since then. I became a widow. And then retired. And now I am in my sixth decade of life. 60 is the new forty. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I have time now to piddle around on the property and try to fix whatever needs fixing. I still have the two horses. And they were joined by a donkey, Gomez. He was the herd guardian for a neighbor’s cows that were on my pastures. When my neighbor gathered the cows back to his own property. Gomez just stayed. He’s been here for 10 years now. At one point in time I was feeding 12 dogs. Most were strays that wandered up to the house. I am enjoying my gardens more than ever.
From 2011 – What can I say about me? I’m starting my 5th decade of life. I guess 50 is the new 29 because it didn’t bother me a bit when I turned the big 5-O. I love cooking and I love to feed people. My college roommate can’t believe I am the same cook who had a bad experience baking Christmas cookies in college! We couldn’t even feed them to the birds because it would have been cruel and unusual punishment.
I am a recent transplant to Oklahoma. It’s confession time. My fiancée (who became my husband) was moving me from that un-specified North East state in the summer of 2005. We had just crossed the Mason Dixon Line and needed to stop for lunch. He suggested “Chicken Fried Steak” at the Flying J truck stop. I replied, “I’m not in the mood for chicken right now”. After he stopped laughing, he explained what it was. Yup, that was my first introduction to Southern cooking. If I have to put a name to my style of cooking it would be eclectic. I like filling and economical home cooking with traces of different global regions. I must have spent too much time in a hot Middle East country because I still have cravings for a good Chicken Tikka or Beef Biryani. My recipes for them will soon make an appearance.
My cowboy husband and I share our place with 5 dogs, 2 horses and a number of cows. More livestock will follow, I’m sure. We live a mile down a dirt road with the closest neighbors a mile away. It is a 40 mile round trip to get to closest town with a Wal-Mart. And it’s not even a Super Wal-Mart! A Super Wal-Mart trip is 100 miles round trip. Because of this, I keep a well-stocked pantry with store bought items, home canned and dehydrated. During the winter storms and bad weather I feel more at ease because I know I have all we need to have very nice dinners.
Oh and that’s another difference, I learned out here that the meals are breakfast, dinner and supper. LOL!! And all my life I thought they were breakfast, lunch and dinner. My husband and I have had several lively discussions on this topic.
I have had a couple of questions about “Red Dirt”. Some of my readers from other parts of the country may not know that Oklahoma is famous for the rich red iron dirt. There is a Red Dirt Music Festival and even Official Red Dirt t-shirt company that uses red dirt to dye their shirts.
Oklahoma has become home to many different nationalities and that is reflected in the various recipes that I enjoy to cook.