What’s for Dinner? Texas Hash!

Posted about having this on Twitter and a friend wanted the recipe. Ask and you shall receive! We’ve been making this dish in our family many years. You can swap out or change the main ingredients to make it vegetarian if you so wish. Easy to make, and yummy. Have fun!

1 pound ground beef

3 large onions (cut in rings or chopped)

1 large green pepper (chopped)

1 can tomatoes

1/2 cup uncooked regular rice

1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef in large skillet until light brown, drain. Add onions and green pepper, cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes, rice, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Heat through.

Pour mixture into ungreased 2-quart casserole. Cover, bake 1 hour.

Eat ’em up, cowboy!*


Texas Hash, a family favorite.


*Sorry about the blurry picture. Steam got on my camera lens, haha.


WHC and New Orleans Report Winding Down

I’ve had a good weekend. Did a lot of walking and thinking which for writers are two activities that go well together.

Came to a decision about the hobo novel. I am going to start work on this soon. I had an idea of going back to the Cigar Factory on Decatur and writing, but TBH I didn’t want to lug my computer that far.

I’m lazy.

Anyway, headed home tomorrow and I’m ready. I’ve eaten a lot of good food here, but I’m ready to head back to Texas and eat pork fajitas and drink an ice-cold Lone Star.

Picked up some books and anthologies from the World Horror Convention. Very much looking forward to reading them. In the interim I became aware of a writer called Lucy Taylor and you can pencil me in as a big fan. Her work is very, very good. How was she flying below my radar? Who knows. But I will be following her career from now on.

Met and made some new friends at the convention. All in all I had a fun time, but I do confess the walking wore me out.

See you next time when I am home!

Pictures from Presidio

A few pictures from my trip to the Border. These are from Presidio, TX



PatioRestaurantThis was a very good restaurant. Authentic Mexican cuisine. If you are even in Presidio, TX make sure you eat here.

MexicoHeaded into Mexico.




Life is Full of Obstacles

Oscar’s Restaurant & Lounge: You don’t know good Mexican food until you have eaten here

When we were staying in Abilene we ate at Oscar’s Restaurant and Lounge. I would link you to their website but they don’t have one! They are small and special and they serve some of the best Mexican cuisine I have ever eaten in my life. In. My. Life.

Forget about your Tex-Mex or bland food that pretends to be genuine. This food is authentic and spicy.  Look, I love spicy food. I am from Louisiana, bayou country, and I grew up in South Texas. So I know spicy. All too often I go to restaurants and they say their food is spicy…but it’s not. It’s bland because they have to cater to the masses.

If you are ever in Abilene I urge you to seek out this restaurant and give it a try. It is excellent. I have eaten here several times over the years and the consistency and quality of the food is always the highest standard. It doesn’t look like much on the outside or inside, I’ll give you that. It’s darn near a clapboard shack. But hoo boy is the food fantastic!

Just thinking about them again has made me hungry, haha. Here is their address if you want to look them up:

Oscars Restaurant & Lounge

1665 Texas 351, Abilene, TX 79601-4745

Tell them Mark sent you! 🙂


“We will live on the leavings of the devil.”

I am headed to Fort Griffin and Abilene today for research purposes. I don’t have to do this. As far as that goes I don’t have to leave the house to write anything anymore. Not with resources like YouTube and Google Earth and Wikipedia and what not. But as I mentioned before the actual experience of being in a place brings something to the table when you sit down later to write about it.

I also want to get this little side trip out of the way because that will be one less place I have to visit on my big trip along the border next spring. Almost all of the book takes place along the Mexico-US border so I want to concentrate there. One thing bothers me, though. I am having trouble wrestling with whether I should go ahead and write these chapters and then go on the trips, or the other way around. But I don’t want to put this novel on hold. I think that’s a mistake. So I will go ahead and write it. Then after I take the trip I can go back and add any detail or fix anything that needs fixing.

I can do that.

Anyway, I’m leaving today and will be back tomorrow. You can follow me on Twitter and I’ll post when I can during the trip and about any impressions I have. Don’t really know what cell service is like at Fort Griffin but it has to be better than Caprock Canyon and Palo Duro. I won’t be taking my computer,  just a notebook.

I’ll take pictures and post them when I get back. There’s also a great Mexican food restaurant in Abilene I’ve eaten at before. I will have dinner there tonight.


Let’s Do Lunch!

Pecan crusted trout, snow peas, water with lemon and Almond Joy coffee. Yum!

Balsamic Chicken is Total Yum!

Balsamic chicken with rosemary- garlic rub.

Balsamic chicken for dinner!


Nom nom nom. Gumbo! With file powder and Tony Chachere’s!


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