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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]