Jen’s Hot Mess

We have a killer BBQ place in Dallas called Pecan Lodge. It’s the number two place in the state after Franklin’s down in Austin, but man is it close! Pecan Lodge is famous for a dish called The Hot Mess. Jumbo sea salt-crusted sweet potato, South Texas barbacoa (shredded brisket with southwestern seasoning), chipotle cream, cheese, butter & green onions. I like to do an at home version. Hope you love it!

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Roadtrip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and a little Nashville Hot Chicken on the way

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Hope you all had the best Thanksgiving! My kids had a whole week off for Thanksgiving, so we decided to have Thanksgiving dinner early and go be thankful up in the Smoky Mountains for a week! We’d stopped in Gatlinburg on the way to Washington D.C. once, and had the full Jack Skellington reaction of “What is this place??” We went back the following summer and gave it a proper exploration. It is the perfect blend of cheesy tourist stuff and amazing natural resources. Great family spot. We decided to head back and rented an Airbnb up in the mountains. Continue reading “Roadtrip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and a little Nashville Hot Chicken on the way”

Camping weekend! Dutch Oven Old-School Lasagna recipe and Cookbook review: The New Camp Cookbook

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“Ooooh, I wanna go camping for my birthday!” “I’d like to go hiking!” My daughter and husband have birthdays a week apart and their requests sounded like one fantastic weekend! The Texas State Park campgrounds fill up pretty fast, so I polled my Facebook buddies right away to get a potential list of parks with the best trees. Got the site!

A1ykYiZo5jLWe’re all foodies. Adding birthdays on top of that, I really wanted to make lovely campfire fare, so I ordered a copy of The New Camp Cookbook. I gave it a flip through and flagged a lot of potential weekend deliciousness, and then I saw it, Dutch Oven Old-School Lasagna. Haha! Lasagna and Potstickers are her two favorite food groups. Perfect! (We already did his birthday dinner and cake at home!)

It’s very cool. You will not be bored with the same old campsite (or backyard!) meals. The author’s intent is that you do all the prep right at the campsite. Measuring and dicing out in the woods, where I have no desire to have a full pantry or fridge to work out of, sounded pretty bad. I prefer to keep things as simple as possible out in the woods, so that we can concentrate on hiking, canoeing, and chillaxing, so I did all the prep work at home, and even froze what parts would freeze well to double as ice packs in our cooler <I spell out those details below>. It worked out so well, and I couldn’t be happier with the book. <If you normally read my stuff, you’ll laugh at the pictures. When we got to the site, our lantern wasn’t working, so I had to shine a pocket flashlight on the salmon to get a shot. The pics look like something out of Blair Witch Project. LOL!> Continue reading “Camping weekend! Dutch Oven Old-School Lasagna recipe and Cookbook review: The New Camp Cookbook”