Low Carb “Meatza Pizza”

In this very tasty and much healthier version of pizza, the crust is made from ground meat.  Original “Meatza” low carb pizza recipes use ground beef and/or sausage.  We tried it with ground turkey, using our Italian turkey sausage recipe, and the results were outstanding!  The crust stays together and the pizza is delicious. LOW CARB PIZZA … [Read more...]


Every year, I make an annual October pilgrimage to the Eastern Sierra communities of Bridgeport and Mammoth Lakes.  The rewards are beautiful fall colors scenery and great fishing, and this year was no exception. In Mammoth Lakes, we usually lodge at “Alpenhof Lodge", and they have a fun downstairs pub by the name of "Clocktower … [Read more...]

Turkey Tips for Roasting, Smoking, or Deep Frying Turkey

GENERAL TURKEY TIPS Frozen turkeys are just as good (if brined), and less expensive.  If you have a frozen turkey, defrosting in most refrigerators will take 5 hours per lb, so a 15 lb turkey will take 75 hours (about 3 days).  You will also need to brine the turkey the night before the cook (at latest).  It does not hurt for the turkey to sit … [Read more...]

“Cold Smoking” Cheese on a Weber Kettle

Smoked food has become a passion for me, and I usually have one of my smokers in action at least two times a week.  We smoke (BBQ) spareribs, tri-tip roasts, turkey, chicken, homemade pastrami, pulled pork, brisket, and even pizza.  But one of our more common cooks is "cold smoked cheese".  The flavor is much better than the "smoked" cheeses that … [Read more...]

Home Grown Sprouts

Sprouts! Sprouts are the most nutrition rich life stage of any vegetable or legume, and are a great addition to your diet.  We have sprouted alfalfa, clover, fenugreek, mung beans, lentils, sunflower, broccoli, quinoa, and arugula. And there are so many that we have not yet tried such as wheatgrass, barley, rye, cabbage, kale, adzuki, garbanzo, … [Read more...]

Atomic Buffalo Turds

Yes, that's the name.  I am not sure who originated the recipe or coined the catchy name, but these are by far our most popular appetizer.  The original recipe goes something like this and it works great, but I will also share some modifications that I recommend: Atomic Buffalo Turds 24 Jalapenos, fresh 8 oz. Cream Cheese (regular, not low … [Read more...]

Pine Mountain Lake Fishing

Pine Mountain Lake fishing offers great opportunities for several varieties of fish throughout the year.  Bluegill are abundant and easy to catch in the summer, and trout are stocked and particularly catchable late fall through early spring.  But the spring offers the best opportunities for my favorites - largemouth bass and crappie! Today water … [Read more...]

Mulligatawny Soup

Indian food is one of our favorites and we love our Mulligatawny soup!  The first time I heard of it was in an episode of Seinfeld called "The Soup Nazi" in which the Soup Nazi's most cherished recipe was his Mulligatawny.  Some time after Paula and I met, I found that it was one of her favorite soups.  We found this recipe in one of our cookbooks … [Read more...]

Pine Mountain Lake Tennis Tips

I started playing tennis with the PML Racquet Club a few years ago, and my game was pretty bad at that point.  Helpful members offered free lessons and advice, which was a great way to get started.  My game continues to get better and I attribute it mostly to observations that I have made while playing with some of the better players in the weekly … [Read more...]

Salsa de Chile Colorado

I love Mexican food and here in Groveland, CA we are blessed with a great restaurant, Cocina Michoacana.  Like most authentic Mexican restaurants they feature a green sauce (or "salsa verde") and a red sauce ("salsa de chile colorado"), which are choices for many dishes such as enchiladas and chile rellenos.  Colorado, by the way, translates to … [Read more...]