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Word Formnoun
DefinitionA long-stemmed sacred or ceremonial tobacco pipe used by certain Native American peoples.
Synonymspeace pipe
UsageAmong the Blackfeet warriors who advanced with the calumet of peace she recognized a brother.

Aunt Ina’s Kitchen


She was actually my great aunt, but I always called her Aunt. To  me, she was tall, dignified and wise.  Nothing took her by surprise; she was always prepared.  Between her and her sister (my grandmother) I was taught common sense,  to always plan ahead, and to never stop learning.

To honor and acknowledge her life as a world traveler who was determined to learn as much as possible about other cultures and their way of cooking, we offer you a selection of her recipe collection,  and also other recipes that we feel she would have approved of.    We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.



A Yummy (and easy) Breakfast Sandwich

My breakfast sandwich

I know this sandwich is nothing rare, or unheard of... but I had never tried it.  And when I did try it, I fell in love.  The first thing I noticed was the creaminess, then the slightly sweet taste … Read more...

Healthy Flour Tortilla’s

Finished product

A few posts ago I gave you my standard flour tortilla recipe.  And recently, I gave you a Mexican pizza recipe that's really popular at my house.  Today I am giving you a recipe I've been working on … Read more...

EASY and FAST Mexican Pizza Recipe

Mexican Pizza Slice

Who doesn't love a gooey, spicy pizza?  And who doesn't love Mexican food?  Well, I'm sure there are some that don't like either, but I'm not one of them. I had been working outside all day and … Read more...

There’s life (and value) in the old Grey Mare Yet…(TV)

There’s life (and value) in the old Grey Mare Yet…(TV)

Let's start this off with the small fact that I DO NOT WATCH MUCH TV AT ALL... okay, I do watch the occasional foodie show, and I watch  new movies that I can rent through Red Box every so often … Read more...

Moist, delectable, and soul satisfying …

Bonnie;s Pineapple Upside Down Cake

The day is a bit dreary, there are several really boring chores that have to be done and I feel as if I'm being abused.  Then Dave's aunt came up and made her Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  I wasn't … Read more...

Texas Watermelon

It's all cut up and ready to cook

I was able to buy a fairly decent watermelon last week.  It wasn't the best I've ever had, but it definitely wasn't the worst either.  Good old southern Texas was growing them and shipping them … Read more...

Mascarpone Cheese – what do you do with it?

Mascarpone Cheese – what do you do with it?

How many people watch cooking shows on TV?  Like CHOPPED?  I love that show - it gives one such wild ideas.  Like Mascarpone.  They all seem to use Mascarpone in everything, from savories to … Read more...

Making Things Perfectly Clear

Making Things Perfectly Clear

I love to cook - I really do.  I enjoy making things from scratch and spending time in my kitchen chopping and mincing and mixing various herbs to create a unique taste.  But I've never been able to … Read more...

The Scot and the Devil – a heartwarming combination

The Scot and the Devil – a heartwarming combination

No, I not talking about a romance novel set in Scotland. That's not really my style, even though I've heard some of those novels are as sizzling as my topic will be today. I'm talking about Scotch … Read more...

Comfort Food on a Chilly Morning

Hazy mist

It's true, winter is not really here yet, but the mornings are chilly - usually around 38 to 42 degrees F.   So I decided to make something warm and yummy to have with our morning coffee.  Banana … Read more...