Texas Pesto

Knock knock knock. Gentleman Caller. As summer wanes and fall begins my basil bushes are saying farewell. Which means I have to seize the opportunity to make and put away some pesto or be sad about the lack of basil later in the winter. Now you know I am not going to just sling together … Read moreTexas Pesto

Tomato Basil Soup Lightened Up Southern Style

Knock knock knock. Gentleman Caller. I planted some basil plants (7 or 8 of different varieties to be exact) and weather conditions have been so sunny and so rainy that the things basically took over everything. I LOVE fresh basil but lord knows I have been straining my little brain to come up with ideas … Read moreTomato Basil Soup Lightened Up Southern Style

SPICY! The Gentleman Caller’s Texas Style Giardeniera

Knock knock knock. Gentleman Caller. For years I have wondered about giardeniera. Seen it in grocery stores in jars, purveyed in specialty stores in big buckets and such. And here’s the thing: when I finally decided to taste it after years of passing curiosity I LOVED IT. Its bright, briny bouquet and the textures of … Read moreSPICY! The Gentleman Caller’s Texas Style Giardeniera

The Gentleman’s All-purpose Pork BBQ Rub

Knock knock knock. Gentleman Caller. Ahhh, barbecue, that most polarizing and satisfying culinary endeavor.  I have gone to great lengths and waited in great lines for delicious barbecue, and have rarely regretted it. However, sometimes you aren’t in the mood to fight the blue hairs, screaming children of others, and if you’re in Texas – … Read moreThe Gentleman’s All-purpose Pork BBQ Rub

Texas Meets Egypt – The Gentleman’s Black-eyed-pea Hummus

Knock knock knock. Gentleman Caller. I really love a good dip. The bad news is most dips are nasty for you. Mayonnaise-laden, cheesy, greasy, bacon-y. Now that I have you salivating, I’m going to offer this healthy alternative with a twist. I was experimenting and wondered how black eyed peas would work as a chick … Read moreTexas Meets Egypt – The Gentleman’s Black-eyed-pea Hummus