Knock-Your-Socks-Off Granola

The buzz words in eating nowadays are words like “clean eating”, “organic” and  plethora of other words that are suppose to convince us a particular way of eating is the best. I’ve always been of the school of thought that common sense, moderation, knowledge, education and avoiding junk science and fad eating will do right


Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie

For years Tall & Handsome has been extolling the wonders of Shepherd’s Pie. I on the other hand – not so much. I had never delved into the cuisine that conjured up visions of chopped up whatever, eaten while setting amidst a herd of sheep while dressed like a renegade shepherd from the town nativity.


Burch Hacienda Fantastico Rice

Rice feeds half of the world’s population and makes up about 20% of the world’s total calorie intake. It was originally cultivated in China and from there it spread through Asia and the Indian subcontinent to other parts of the globe. I will be eternally grateful for the migration of the wonderful grain to our


The Cowboy Takes the South by Southwest Casserole – Everytime

Let’s set the stage for this. In your mind play a good Texas two step. Better yet, put on the Gatlin Brothers, The Lady Takes the Cowboy Every time. Now, you have the perfect setting for today’s recipe – and if a recipe could taste like a song, that’s the song I’d pick for today’s


Grab One Pot Garlic and Parmesan Pasta

Who doesn’t love whipping up a meal for the family in one pot or dish? It makes cleaning a breeze. I’m on the look out for meals like that myself. I’m also intrigued by the pasta dishes I’ve seen cooked in milk or some other liquid, eliminating cooking the pasta in water, draining it and


Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus with Sun Dried Tomatoes

If you’ve seen the classic musical Oliver there’s a scene where the poor starving, orphaned Oliver has made his way to a boy’s home. They have been fed a sorry looking meal, but there’s CHEESE on the menu. Oliver feebly asks one of the evil, bloated workers, “Please, sir, may I have more cheese?” Like


Lip Smacking Good Tamale Pie

As you’ve probably figured out we love ethnic food in the Burch house – especially Mexican and Tex – Mex food. That has a lot to do with the fact I’m married to a native New Mexican. And, if it has green chilies more the better as far as Tall & Handsome is concerned. The


Easy Endless Ratatouille

There’s nothing I enjoy better than fresh, wholesome vegetables. And, summertime is just the time to find some of the best as gardens start producing their bounty. For years I grew a vegetable and herb garden, and even now and then I try to grow a few herbs  and will sneak in some peppers and


Unforgettable Vegetable Lo Mein

You may have guessed we love Asian food in our house. It’s a very good thing I took Chinese cooking lessons many years ago down at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Those lesson were taught by a classically trained chef and cook. They have served me well over the years. It just so happens