Off The Wagon

Off The Wagon… in short, a mature Sugar Derby.

January 5, 2016


A few months ago… upon celebrating 2 years of Photo Wagon fun… I talked about plans of “bringing Sugar Derby back”. The desire was there and the intent was good but I couldn’t quite figure out how to make the whole thing work…. to make it cohesive with Photo Wagon.

And then it happened!!!!!

Mr Tate and I were out vintage shopping… and I found an original 1965 copy of Mary Faulk Koock’s The Texas Cookbook. And then a few minutes later… I found an old iron pan made in Lufkin, Texas with 6 miniature Texas’ baking cubbies in it. I have done A LOT of vintage shopping and had never seen either of these items. It was as if they were sent to me from the heavens.

for real

After looking through the book and reading more about the author… I knew, without a doubt, this was to be my next food journey. It is for sure the re-emergence of Sugar Derby but more like a mature, settled, graceful (at times) Sugar Derby. Life has changed for me in the past few years and I think that will show in my cooking, my writing, my photos… all of it.

Having said that… I invite you to follow along as I fall “Off The Wagon” and cook my way through the Lone Star State. The only state I will ever truly love. The only state I will ever call home. The Texas Cookbook is broken down into cities. I plan to follow that idea but also add in other Texas recipes, Texas shaped cooking items, Texas products… pretty much anything I think you will love and want to read about. I am hoping to post weekly on “Texas Tuesday” and maybe throw in a few others throughout the month. You can find “Off The Wagon” here… on the Photo Wagon site. (get it? OFF THE WAGON… me. not doing photo wagon stuff. but doing other stuff. off. the. wagon.) And as always, you can find my weekly article with DMagazine, “The Localist”, every Monday as I share local food and drink products.

Your friend,





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  • Reply Emily Holt January 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    YES. Get it, girl. Can’t wait to follow this series!

  • Reply ashley January 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I’m soooooo excited! Tuesday is my new favorite day!

  • Reply Tricia January 14, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Oh my goodness, you have no idea how excited I am that I found your new site! I loved Sugar Derby, and was so sad when the website stopped working. I still have one or two of your recipes that I thankfully thought to write down, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with now. :)

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