I Scream, You Scream

The exact origins of ice cream and its inventor(s) remain some of life’s great mysteries. Historically, it is known to have existed as far back as the second century B.C. Historians conjecture that sherbet evolved into ice cream during the 16th century, and it is documented that  Charles I regularly enjoyed “Cream Ice,”  during the…

Buttermilk Pecan Breakfast Cake

This recipe is adapted from the Tanyard Farm Buttermilk Cake recipe published by King Arthur Flour. Tanyard Farm, in West Hartford, Vermont, is an old-fashioned, family farm that includes Jersey cows, chickens, and pigs, and vegetables and flowers.  Although it no longer exists, it used to also have a bakery, where the original recipe was developed. Thanks…

Pecan Cobbler

Cobblers originated in the British American colonies. English settlers were unable to make traditional suet puddings due to lack of suitable ingredients and cooking equipment, so instead covered a stewed filling with a layer of uncooked plain biscuits or dumplings, fitted together. This recipe sounds weird when you read it, but it is extremely easy…

The Cimarron 2016

Where the deer and the antelope play . . .  Cimarron is spectacular.

Hacienda del Sol, Taos 2016

We were in Taos from September 30th until October 3rd, where we stayed at the Hacienda del Sol, a charismatic bed and breakfast nestled at the foot of Taos Mountain.  It is owned by award winning chef, Gerd Hertel, and his wife, Luellen Hertel and is managed also by their daughter, Erika Hertel and her…

Santa Fe 2016

We spent our first night in New Mexico in Santa Fe at the beautiful and historic La Fonda Hotel.  It sits on the oldest hotel site in the United States, dating back to 1607.  Our charming suite had French doors opening out onto an enormous balcony with views onto the plaza and to the mountains…

Dogs of the Taos Pueblo

On October 1, 2016, we visited the Taos Pueblo reservation.  These dogs were different than house dogs, somewhat dull they seem, tired and bedraggled.  They were not fluent in human language or communication and seemed to just exist on the fringes, eking out whatever comforts they could find for themselves. At night, we could hear them…

Peppery Roasted Almonds

  Internet is alive with a blog post and website extolling the virtues of eating almonds. If you could believe everything that you read, almonds can do everything from curing cancer to reversing heart disease.  The almond is a nutritionally dense food and a good source of riboflavin and niacin, vitamin E, and the essential minerals…

White Tiger: The Color of Controversy

Originally posted on Doc Antle's Tiger Tales:
Royal White Bengal Tiger ©Rare Species Fund White Tigers are NOT Genetically Defective There is no evidence of a genetic defect inherent in the white color variant of the Royal White Bengal Tiger, notwithstanding the erroneous claims to the contrary by the Humane Society of the United States…

Palm Oil: Heart of Darkness

Originally posted on Doc Antle's Tiger Tales:
©Rare Species Fund The Horror of Palm Oil Production Fires raging across much of Borneo and Sumatra devour vast amounts of Indonesian rainforest. These fires which are now out of control, are believed to have been set intentionally by companies seeking to clear land for the lucrative…