My name is Annie aka Texas Pistol. First off, naming a blog is HARD! Texas Pistol in the Kitchen is the only thing I could come up with that wasn’t already taken and well, I AM quite the pistol. Anyway, It sounded better than the other things I had come up with. I won’t bother boring you with those. They weren’t very good.
I decided to start a blog to keep track of my cooking adventures and conquering the the most difficult cooking tasks I just cant seem to get a hold of. Baking cakes seems to be the hardest for me. I suck at it. Plain and simple. I can make frosting, no problem. But the actual cake? NO! I once had the bright idea at the ripe ol’ age of six that I was going to bake a cake for my Momma on Mother’s Day. Well, I baked the cake. It didn’t look too bad despite being lop side and deflated. I liked it… I followed all (or so I thought..) of the directions to a Hershey’s Black Magic Cake except I made one small substitution for the baking powder it called for. I decided to use extra baking soda because we didn’t have baking powder. I finished the cake, iced it and put it on a big Stoneware plate. I waited patiently for my Momma to wake up so I could surprise her with my glorious cake. My parents woke up and were more surprised by the mess I had made in the kitchen than by my lop sided cake. They got their coffee and mustered up some courage to try it. I could see by the first bite it was NOT so good but they forced a smile anyway. Bless them.
Yeah…. That’s about how my glorious cake looked LOL
As I got older when something I cooked didn’t come out right, they always bring up that Mother’s Day cake I made. “It tasted like a mouth full of pennies with icing on it!”. Thanks for the constructive criticism…. They said they ate it anyway and smiled as much as they could through the copper taste so I would never give up on cooking. I never have and I never will. It’s my passion. I love making people smile with the food I make and fillin’ up those bellies!
What to expect from this blog:
I try cook with garden grown veggies and fruits when I can. I also like to cook local meats, wild game and fish I harvest and catch myself. Mainly Wild Hog, some Deer, Catfish and Crappie. The game and fish I usually harvest and catch myself. I know where it comes from and I always take care of the meat in manner that I am eating only the freshest. Plus, I trust it more than the antibiotic pumped meat you buy in the store…. You can also expect grilled food, smoked food, salads, desserts, etc.. Some canning, homemade sausages and homemade CHEESE!!! Which by the way I am making two batches of Mozzarella with two different kinds of milk to determine which makes the best cheese of the two. One batch I will be using a Promised Land Whole milk and the other from Kalona SuperNatural Organic Whole milk. I will take pictures of the whole process, document what I did and post the results of my cheese making!!! I’m waaaay to excited about this LOL!!! If you are wondering, this will not be my first time making cheese. The first time it came out really good but I wanted more depth and flavor to my cheese. I used regular whole milk from Borden which is ultra pasteurized. It had a good flavor but it was seriously lacking some that creamy flavor and FAT. Yes, I said fat. Don’t judge me….. You gotta have fat and cream for awesome CHEESE!!! That’s why I chose Promised Land and Kalona. They have more proteins and FAT for mucho good cheese making. Anyway, I will post the results sometime Monday.
Here’s to happy, full bellies!!!