“A Late Supper”

Last weekend I enjoyed watching some of the state’s top small-school athletes participate in the all-star football and basketball games at the Six-Man Coaches Association Annual Meeting held here in Wichita Falls. The best line I heard during the two days of all-star games occurred during the boy’s basketball game held at D.L. Ligon Coliseum…

coconut cream

Classy, creamy, coconutty

Great cream pies require two things: Pastry and patience. Pastry meaning a preference for homemade but at least a roll-and-bake prepared crust. It takes more than a little practice to bake a “blind” crust – an empty one ready for filling – but it’s well worth it. Patience comes in when cooking pastry cream. When the…

Like Parting the Red Sea!

  Expect the unexpected always applies to high school football officiating. I can recall many such instances, like the time a kick was blocked, but not by a player. It happened one Thursday night in Bowie when we were working a junior varsity game. Facing a fourth-and-goal from its opponent’s 6-yard line, the offense lined…

Training starting for football officials

Preparations are already under way for the upcoming high school football season. Besides coaches and athletes preparing for the start of preseason camps, now is the time for training new football officials. You might think you know the rules, but you can really learn the game by becoming an official. The North Texas Chapter of…

My soccer journey to Brazil

Writer’s Note: I love watching and covering most all sports, but the main sport I played growing up was soccer. I took an amazing trip to Brazil 14 years ago that I’ve never written about until now. Here’s my story about playing soccer with Cruzeiro in the city of Belo Horizonte.     There I…

blackberry cobbler

Did somebody say “cobbler”?

All my Mamaw had to say to launch us out of a drowsy summer afternoon was one word – cobbler. Soon we’d brave chiggers and mosquitos to bring back big buckets of blackberries (minus what we ate) for her wonderful cobbler. This recipe varies from hers only in that it allows for artificial sweetener and…

2014 Diamond Dozen toughest to pick

I fully expected several calls — some possibly angry — waiting on my voice mail when I returned to work on Tuesday. The reason? The announcement of the 2014 Red River Diamond Dozen baseball team on Sunday morning. It’s not that I don’t think a good team was selected. I do. It’s just that there…

So easy the recipe can be memorized.

Heaven with five easy ingredients

For many of us, chocolate can cure a rainy day. The only problem right now is we just don’t get enough rainy days. Chocolate Velvet Pie is another one of those super-simple desserts that can, in a matter of a few hours, satisfy the darkest desires of any chocoholic. Properly presented it can also look very elegant.…

Watching the World Cup with my son

As I write this, my son and daughter are playing with Legos in the other room. I’m sitting on the couch keeping an eye on them while I watch another terrific World Cup game – Netherlands and Australia. Each World Cup is different. Different hosts, different players and teams. With a four-year cycle, every tournament…

Strawberry Tart

It’s the berries!

Thanks to the people at Pepperidge Farm, puff pastry can be one of the easiest ways to make many desserts look elegant. There’s something about those flaky, delicate leaves of pastry that say “classy.” The key part of working with puff pastry is to do so quickly, keeping it as cool as possible. Although the dough…

millionaire pie

One in a Millionaire

Easy is just what everyone needs right now. High school and college graduations, reunions, picnics, just the kind of thing that begs for something rich, delicious and right this very minute. Millionaire Pie is one of those little miracles in a pan. Once again sweetened condensed milk comes to the rescue, providing an elegant base…

Spoelstra not into comparisons

It was Don Nelson’s best team in Dallas, 60 wins and 22 losses, at least until young star Dirk Nowitzki went down. But the Mavericks moved on like the little engine that could and I was ready to hit the road and cover a game in San Antonio for the first time. I’ve been there…

Wrapping up the spring

I’ve been meaning to write a blog for the last few weeks, but luckily several area athletes and teams have been keeping me busy traversing across Texas. In the past month, I’ve made trips to Lubbock, Austin, Minneapolis, Mineral Wells and Austin. I was threatened to be removed at state track for standing in the…

We Boomers discovered Cherry Cream Pie in the high school cafeteria.

The cherry on top

  We Baby Boomers never knew just how spoiled we were in high school. In the day, Wichita Falls cafeteria lunch ladies arrived early in the morning to prepare dishes some of us still crave like Creole spaghetti, meatloaf, hamburgers on buns they made on the premises. Then there was dessert. We suffered no Otis Punkhammer…