Texas Best Pecan Apple Pie Cake

Texas Best Cake

Texas Pecan Apple Pie Cake

8 cups pecans

6 apples

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ tsp salt

4 eggs

½ cup sugar

½ cup honey



Apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 16ths
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/4 t. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place apples, butter, sugar and cinnamon into a mixing bowl and toss well to coat. Place coated apples in a shallow oven-proof baking dish and cover tightly with foil. Place dish on middle rack in oven and bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven, carefully remove foil and stir gently to recoat apples with sauce.


Sift flower, baking powder and salt over fruit. Coat fruit well.

Set aside

  1. Beat eggs until foamy, slowly add sugar.  Add honey.
  2. Mix everything together until well coated with batter.
  3. Pack into pan
  4. Decorate top with pecans.
  5. Bake at 275F for 1 ¼ hours
  6. Let cool 5 minutes, brush top with honey.




Todays harvest were a few jalapeno peppers.

Grasshoppers are our bumper crop this year.

You can walk out through the pasture and a wave of grasshoppers flows in front of you.  I have a sweet potato in the flower bed and the grasshoppers ate the peel off of it.  If you try to shoo them off, they show their teeth and growl.

Other produce harvested so far this year includes red potatoes, yellow squash and tomatoes.

Texas-Best BBQ Restaurant

Kreuz Market
619 N. Colorado St.
Lockhart, Texas 78644
Beef or pork on butcher paper, no plates, no trays no forks and no sauce, in the purist Texas tradition.

Kruz Market, Texas Best BBQ

Texas Best BBQ, beef and pork

1/2 pound of beef brisket and 1/2 pound of pork ribs. If you need sauce, its not Texas BBQ.

Royers Round Top Cafe

Royers Round Top Cafe

Royers Round Top Cafe

January 21, 2011 .. TexasGrand

I stopped at Royers Round Top Café for lunch.  My recall of the last time I was there is not good, maybe 1996.  Royers has been listed on Texas-Best since 96 and reported to have opened their doors for the first time about 60 years ago.

Check out the video.

I ordered the Friday special: Pork chop seasoned just right smothered in onions, black eyed peas as well as I’ve had anywhere and country mashed potatoes. 

Soda and beer is in the cooler on the porch and it is reported a good selection of wine is available.

The slogan is “eat mo pie” and they don’t have to convince anyone.  I bought a whole apple pie and took it with me.

If the Friday special Pork Chop and apple pie is representative of the rest of the menu, then Royers Round Top Café gets a Texas-Best rating.  Get there early, seating is about 35.

Ladies State Chili Championship of Texas, 2010

40th Annual Ladies State Chili Championship of Texas gets underway this weekend October 1st and 2nd. The event is at Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US Hwy 281 S, Blanco, Texas. They advertise that skill level is immaterial, so this is really just an excuse to party. The margarita mix competition and Texas Hold-Em competition allude to my party theory. Chili Cook-off follows Tolbert’s Rules.

Texas-Best State Fair Starts Friday 24th

State Fair is held annually in Dallas. The event starts the last Friday during September and concludes 24 days later. The fair is presented in Dallas Fair Park where it has long been held since 1886. Your 2010 event is going to be presented from September 24 to October 17.


The Texas Event is the biggest within the United States. State Fair attendance has previously been estimated at more than 3 million individuals.

Visitors first see the 212-foot Texas Star Ferris wheel when approaching the fair. The Texas Star has been the biggest Ferris wheel in North America ever since it first showed in October 1985.

One of the centerpieces for your fair includes the yearly college football competition involving Texas and Oklahoma. The Red River Shootout is played inside the Cotton Bowl at the heart of Fair Park. This year, 2010, Baylor and Texas Tech are going to hold a game during the State Fair for the first time.

Big Tex is one of the fair symbols since 1952. Your State Fair also incorporates an auto exhibit, dating back to 1904, utilizing more than 300,000 sq feet of floorspace and displaying most of latest model automobiles.

It can’t be the State Fair of Texas without showcasing distinctive, high-fat goodies such as fried butter and this year’s champion fried Frito Chili Pie.

Everyone is required to eat at least one Fletcher’s brand corny dog.

The past decades have experienced the introduction of innovative uncommon deep-fried offerings, such as deep-fried Oreo cookies; deep-fried Twinkies; deep-fried pork ribs; fried cheesecake; deep-fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwiches; and most recently a batter-based fried Coke. Innovative food items in 2008 included chicken fried bacon and fried banana splits.

2010 Hopkins County Stew Contest

Sulphur Springs Texas – The 41st Annual World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest will be held Saturday, September 18 at Buford City Park.  Over 100 cooking teams.  Stew is served at 11:00 AM.  Our Hopkins County Stew recipe has a permanent spot at http://www.texas-best.com/things/texas-food/

Texas-Best Chili Cook-Off

Note from Larry Glover: “Recently, while visiting Winnsboro, Texas (I’m from Peckerwood Flat, Texas )

I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off. The original judge called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge’s table, asking for directions to the Coors Light beer booth, when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Natives from Winnsboro) that even though I was inexperienced as a Chili taster, the chili wouldn’t be all that spicy. Besides, they told me, I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted and became Judge 3.”

Here are the scorecard notes from the event:


Judge # 1 — A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.
Judge # 2 — Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.
Judge # 3 (Larry) — Holy crap, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out. I hope that’s the worst one. These people are crazy.


Judge # 1 — Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang.
Judge # 2 — Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.
Judge # 3 — Keep this out of the reach of children. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.


Judge # 1 — Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick.
Judge # 2 — A bit salty, good use of peppers.
Judge # 3 — Call the EPA. I’ve located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I’m getting sh*t-faced from all of the beer.


Judge # 1 — Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.
Judge # 2 — Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili.
Judge # 3 — I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Sally, the beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. This 300 lb. woman is starting to look HOT … just like this nuclear waste I’m eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?


Judge # 1 — Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick.. Very impressive.
Judge # 2 — Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.
Judge # 3 — My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted, and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I’m burning my lips off. It really ticks me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw them.


Judge # 1 — Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spices and peppers.
Judge # 2 — The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers and garlic. Superb.
Judge # 3 — My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulfuric flames. I crapped on myself when I farted, and I’m worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that Sally. Can’t feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my butt with a snow cone.


Judge # 1 — A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers.
Judge # 2 — Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment. **I should take note that I am worried about judge number 3. He appears to be a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably.
Judge # 3 — You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn’t feel a thing. I’ve lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they’ll know what killed me. I’ve decided to stop breathing. It’s too painful. Screw it; I’m not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I’ll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.


Judge # 1 — The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili. Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence.
Judge # 2 — This final entry is a good, balanced chili. Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he’s going to make it. Poor feller, wonder how he’d have reacted to really hot chili?
Judge # 3 – No Report

Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly

Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly.  Screwed Up Texan.  http://screweduptexanrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/09/how-to-juice-prickly-pears.html