One of the most incredible things about Lake Tenkiller, is that simply by going to the lake – you’re in a unique piece of paradise. The emerald waters, cool breeze and beautiful tree lines – just being in that atmosphere … Continue reading →
We are often disappointed about the amount of rain that comes in April, especially since it can put a damper on spring fever and outdoor activities. This year in Northeast Oklahoma we have been fortunate to have rainfall about 1/3 … Continue reading →
The look of spring is everywhere around Lake Tenkiller and in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Buds are blooming, the dogwood trees are blossoming, the weather is getting warmer and it’s Red Fern Festival time in Tahlequah. Scheduled for the weekend of April … Continue reading →
Basil is one of my most favorite herbs to grow. No matter which type you like (e.g. Sweet, Purple or Lemon Basil), basil is an extremely rewarding and fun herb to grow. Plan to plant your basil in the spring … Continue reading →
At 2:45 AM above Terrapin Peak The Blood moon appeared while most were asleep. Chef “What’s His Name” was stirring for those in their bed, Breakfast and beyond then he looked above his head, The moon wasn’t white, but … Continue reading →
In the beginning: One of the things we love most about being Innkeepers at an Oklahoma Bed & Breakfast near Lake Tenkiller is helping guests make special lodging memories in Oklahoma that goes “beyond” their expectations.That was the opportunity we … Continue reading →
Q:I must be the worst cook in the world. Really! Once I worked at McDonald’s and took home a raw burger, cooked it and it was not the same. The omelet you prepared for me was so fresh and colorful I ate the whole thing just for pleasure. It was huge and tasted so fresh. I’ve made myself omelets before but the veggies always seem to look like tinted jelly. When I try to brown meat in a skillet one side starts good and when I’m done the color cooks off the meat. What am I missing? What is your secret?
A:Seeing that you are choosing the best fresh ingredients, try to improve on how to saute. Saute comes from the French meaning “to sizzle”. Keep air space between vegetables. Too close and they start to steam and loose color, a process called “sweating”. In principle the same thing can happen with meats. If meats are too close to each other or too big for the size of skillet the sweat and steam are preventing browning. Also, if the skillet is too deep like when cooking burgers, moist air is slowed for escape resulting in initially good browning at the start and upon flipping the spot on the skillet is cooler, hence starting a sweating (steaming) process. One more flip and the brown coloring is starting to steam off. For this reason burger places cook on a large flat griddle top (maximizing moisture escape) and flipping to fresh hot spots. To help keep vegetables color in omelets, place cooked veggies on a paper towel to absorb extra oil and stop the cooking process. If piled up they will steam and loose color.
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The anticipation of summer is in the air! Planning time at the lake can be one of the most relaxing experiences ever. Temperatures start moving toward the 80’s for the highs and in the 60’s for the lows. It is … Continue reading →
Whether you are looking for peace and quiet or adventure, spring at Lake Tenkiller or Tahlequah offers a broad range of activities to fit everyone’s needs. Average temperatures range from highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. Trees … Continue reading →