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...]

Smoked Tri-Tip Roast, Reverse Seared

This is my favorite recipe for the smoker and I cook at least one Tri-Tip every other week. It is a fabulous tasting steak and pretty easy to prep and cook. The roasts are a good size for serving a family or a small dining group.  Personally, I often make it for myself and will enjoy it for a few days. Being a native Californian, I was raised … [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 jalapenos are seeded and deveined, so dont fear the heat; they are usually not that spicy. But they do have a little kick, and combined with the cheese and sausage filling, the savory bacon wrap, the … [Read more...]

Hasselback Chicken

The Hasselback Potato or Potato à la Hasselbacken was created in 1953 by chef Leif Elisson of the restaurant Hasselbacken in Stockholm. The original recipe was a type of baked potato, where the potatoes are about halfway cut through into thin slices; butter, breadcrumbs, and almonds are added on top of the potatoes and between slices. Now we are … [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...]

Lots of Snow at Pine Mountain Lake!

Pine Mountain Lake and Groveland received a much needed dose of snow last night.  There was 9 inches at my location and it looks like it will stick around for a few days with the cold temeratures that will continue.  I braved my way down the driveway this morning to get a few pics, and that turned into many pics. The major streets are plowed but … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake

I am not sure where she found it, but my sister Susie brought this dessert to a Knoth Family Thanksgiving several years ago.  I like pumpkin pie, but I LOVE Susie's Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake.  Here's the recipe: Pumpkin Cheese Filling 2          3 oz                 Cream Cheese, room temp 3/4       Cup                 Golden Brown Sugar, … [Read more...]

Chinese Chicken Salad

Paula and I have had our differences on how to make the best Chinese Chicken Salad.  In fact, when we were doing our monthly cooking classes at Pine Mountain Lake, we essentially had a Chinese Chicken Salad "throw down" during our Chinese Cooking Class.  The class participants were the judges and each of us seem to remember that more people liked … [Read more...]