Winterizing your Pine Mountain Lake Home

Our winter temperatures in Groveland can occasionally dip into the teens, and if your home is not properly winterized, that could result in a burst water pipe.  When the air temp rises above freezing the water begins to flow from the burst pipe, and you could have a huge water bill to pay in a short time.  If the pipe is inside your home, … [Read more...]

Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course – Practice and Playing Strategies

Overview of Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course PMLGC is a beautiful 18 hole, 6,832 yard, Par 70 course located in scenic Groveland, CA, just 25 miles from Yosemite National Park.  It is a fair but challenging layout with many elevation changes and a vast amount of pine, cedar, and oak trees.  The greens keeping crew does an excellent job of keeping … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Foreclosures in Pine Mountain Lake

Hoping to score a bargain on a foreclosed property?  There are good deals to be found, including foreclosures in Pine Mountain Lake area, but the process is not as easy as you might think, and there can be risks and obstructions, depending on which phase of foreclosure that you seek to buy in.  Think you're ready to jump in?  Here's what you need … [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...]

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, … [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...]

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 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...]

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...]

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 … [Read more...]