Browsing Category


Blogging Ranch Life Slices of Life

I Got Nothin

February 10, 2018

Well, there is no recipe today. I got nothin. It’s not for lack of trying. This week I have been experimenting with the slow cooker again. I have seen where some folks swear that vegetables “roasted” in a slow cooker are as good as when you roast them in the oven. I did not find this to be the case.

Now it could be the combination of vegetables that I used. I tried zucchini, tomatoes, and radishes seasoned with basil. Nope, didn’t care for the combination. I think the vegetables need to be a similar texture. That way they all cook to the same degree.

Next I tried sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips and brussel sprouts seasoned with some cinnamon. Nope, brussel sprouts do not belong with root vegetables. Lastly, I tried chicken leg quarters. Supposedly when you cook chicken without any liquid, skin on, in the slow cooker the skin comes out crispy but the meat stays nice and moist. No crispy skin for me. The chicken was nice and moist. But, it was a bit overdone. I cooked it as directed on low for what was supposed to be seven hours. It was fall apart tender at six hours. I did however, get some really good broth out of that little experiment. My next endeavor will involve the temperature sensor that goes with my slow cooker. I am going to see how long it takes to get it to 160° with chicken, and I am going to try some different vegetable mixes. I love a good medley. So stay tuned.

Meanwhile back here at the ranch, (I really can say that) the weather continues to be unseasonably warm (and unfortunately dry). This is really nice especially when one heats the house with wood. On really cold nights we have to get up a couple of times to feed the wood stove. With this warmer weather we are able to sleep through the night.

The best thing for me about February is that calving season starts for us. The first momma with her calf in tow showed up a couple of days ago. The first day or so they are so spindly on their new legs. By the second day they are already testing out their running skills. It’s really fun to watch two calves meet each other for the first time. Just like a couple of toddlers meeting at the playground. A bit shy and tentative and then they are off to play. Seeing those new babies tells me that Spring is not too far off.

So tomorrow, it’s back to kitchen. These experiments will prove to be fruitful eventually.

Blogging Photo Contest

October 8, 2017

It’s been a long time since I entered a photo contest – High School I think, but this one sponsored by Cutting and John Boos & Co is a perfect fit. I have learned a great deal about food photography since starting about 5 months ago. I love every aspect of it. The cooking, photography, writing and the technical challenge. It is my hope among other things, this blog will lead to some food photography work. This contest is a good start because one of the prizes is a photography contract. I would be ever so grateful for your support. Click here to cast your vote.

Continue Reading


Blogging – This One is Growing Up a Bit

September 18, 2017

Well, if you have been wondering what the heck is going on for the last few days, Flo’s Kitchen blog has been undergoing some changes. I can’t help myself, just as with a pretty good recipe, I have to keep tweaking it until it’s really awesome. Same thing with this blog. It’s the geek in me.

This last week I moved to self hosting which will allow me more flexibility with how this website works. I can’t thank Jamii and Kenneth from my WordPress Work Along group enough for all their help. Hopefully things will be running smoothly in the next couple of days, so bear with me. I’ll be cooking and posting about FOOD again very soon.



%d bloggers like this: