Heath McConnell

One Of The Burning Tribe, Musician, Photographer and Outdoors Dude


Largemouth Bass and Noodles

Largemouth Bass And Noodles

Makes: 2 servings

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins


4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

3 tablespoons fish sauce

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1-2 pinches crushed red pepper

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 shallot, sliced fine

2 fillet largemouth Bass, decent size

2 eggs, lightly beaten

8 ounces rice noodles

1 cup bean sprouts

1 cup cashews

1 Jalapeño, peeled, seeded and chopped

1/2 to 1 cup mushrooms (flavors vary, so choose wisely!)

Notes / Directions

Mix lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and crushed red pepper until sugar is dissolved. set aside.  

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a wok over high heat. Add garlic, shallots, cashews, and fish chunks. Cook until fish if opaque. Add 2 lightly scrambled (pre-cooked) eggs.

Turn heat to low and add sauce then noodles. Toss until well mixed. Add bean sprouts. Toss well.  

Garnish with jalapeño, scallions, and cilantro.  


Coconut Serrano Shrimp Sauce/Soup on Rice Noodle 

It’s a cross between a soup and a noodle dish, but definitely needs a bowl. 

It’s been FOREVER since I’ve made shrimp at home for the kids. Today I decided to make them some. 

Serves: 4

Time: 30min

  • 1 pound of shrimp (I used 71/90), deveined and tails removed 
  • 1 Tbls chopped garlic
  • 2 Lrg green onions sliced (4 if regular size)
  • 2 Lrg Serrano Chilies, chopped (seeds included)
  • 1 Tbls Cilantro, chopped 
  • Dash of lime
  • Brown sugar (I used a palm size amount)
  • 1 Tbls butter
  • Rice noodles


  • Boil enough water to cover noodles and soak them for 20 minutes. 
  • Sauté the garlic and shrimp
  • Add can of coconut milk, brown sugar, green onions, chilies and cilantro
  • Bring back to a boil and stir 1 minute
  • Place noodles in bowls and ladle shrimp and sauce over noodles 
  • Serve

This could make a wonderful soup with the shrimp and some crab added. Your choice. 


What does love look like?

It’s amazing the awakening that trials can bring. I’ve been begging God to speak in my current situation, crying out to him every second of the day and this is what I have asked and his reply, via music, as is usually the case:

What does love look like?

Let Your fire burn consuming me,

Let Your jealous flame

Come take away everything!

Let Your fire burn consuming me,

Let Your jealous flame

Come write Your name upon my heart,

Until all that remains

Is the Light of Your countenance

And I will be satisfied when I awaken

As a lover of You!
“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been pondering

“What does love look like?”

“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been asking of You

I once believed that love was romance, just a chance
I even thought that love was for the lucky and the beautiful

I once believed that love was a momentary bliss

But love is more than this

All You ever wanted was my attention

All You ever wanted was love from me

All You ever wanted was my affections, to sit here at your feet

Then I sat down, a little frustrated and confused
If all of life comes down to love

Then love has to be more than sentiment

More than selfishness and selfish gain

And then I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me

I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me

He was looking at me, looking at Him, staring through me

I could not escape those beautiful eyes

And I began to weep and weep

He had arms wide open, a heart exposed
Arms wide open; He was bleeding, bleeding
Love’s definition, love’s definition was looking at me
Looking at Him, hanging on a tree

I began to weep and weep and weep and weep

This is how I know what love is, this is how I know What love is
And as I sat there weeping, crying
Those beautiful eyes, full of desire and love

He said to me, “You shall love Me, You shall love Me
You shall love Me, You shall love Me”

With arms wide open, a heart exposed
With arms wide open, bleeding, sometimes bleeding

If anybody’s looking for love in all the wrong places
If you’ve been searching for love, come to Me, come to Me

Take up your cross, deny yourself

Forget your father’s house and run, run with Me

You were made for abandonment, wholeheartedness

You were made for someone greater, someone bigger, so Follow Me

And You’ll come alive when you learn to die

(Lyrics by Misty Edwards)


Because love loves to love and the reward of love is love

What would a man give for love If a man gave for love all the wealth of his house

He would utterly dispise the recognition

If a man gave all that he had for love

He would count it all as nothing in the end

Because love loves to love and the reward of love is love
-Misty Edwards
I love to love, it’s who I am, it consumes me to the core…

Love for the reward of loving!


Jumping Spider

 I saw something the size of a rhino, out of the corner of my eye, on my Jade plant…it turned out to be this dude.  

For reference, the leaf the spider is standing on is the size of my thumb.  Every time I went to press the shutter, he would act like he was going to jump on me.  


Portland Union Station



Bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

  I came home hungry the other night and needed to make something fairly quick before heading out to a movie. I looked in the fridge and found seven jalapeños. I decided I was going to try my hand at making jalapeño poppers! 

I pulled the jalapeños out and looked for some cream cheese and other usual ingredients. I found none. So, with the clock ticking, I grabbed some jalapeño Feta (I bought a 5 pound bag last week), some pre-grated Cotija cheese, and the remains of a block of cheddar cheese.  

  • First, I preheat the oven to 400.
  • I then cut the jalapeños in half, lengthwise, and spooned out the ribs and seeds. 
  • I put equal parts of the three cheeses in a glass bowl and slowly heated to just before melting. 
  • Take a spoon and mix the cheeses together. It turned into a ball that resembled really soft dough. 
  • Fill each jalapeño halve with the cheese mixture. 

At this point, when I went to put the cheeses back in the fridge, I noticed some thick-sliced bacon. Yum!!! I decided to wrap them. 

  • I took pieces of bacon, cut them in thirds, and used each piece to wrap a jalapeño. 
  • Next, place a wire rack over the top of a 9×13 backing pan (to catch the bacon drippings) and put in the oven until the bacon is crispy. 
  • Let cool and serve. 

I love chilies! There are so many types of chilies, all with different flavors and different levels of heat. Experiment with other types and see what you come up with. 



    New Worldwide Single Release of You Are Beautiful (Live)

    I have just released a new single worldwide! You Are Beautiful (Live), is a spontaneous song that came under an incredible atmosphere of God’s presence in the room. There was a long stretch of silence after this where all were in a state of awe of Him, face down.
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    Available in:
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    Heath McConnell’s Pulled Pork

    This is a savory Dutch oven recipe with bite! Itypically refrain from having a pulled pork sandwiches herder in Oregon because I like the pork to have some bite. So, I finally decided to make it myself. 


    • 3-4 pound pork loin
    • SPG (salt, pepper, and garlic)
    • 6 Jalapeños, diced
    • 2 Radishes, diced
    • BBQ sauce
    • Tapitio 


    Take the pork loin and sear it over an open fire (or in a large, hot skillet). Do not let it start cooking. It is 20 degrees out and we have freezing rain, so I used the hot skillet method, however, I recommend using the grill.  

     Next, throw the meat in a 12 quart Dutch oven, cover with SPG, 40 ounces of your beloved BBQ sauce, Tapitio, and the diced Jalapeños and radishes. Cook at 350 degrees for about 6 hours. 

    When the pork is tender enough to shred easily, Remove it and place on a kitchen tray, baking pan or leave in Dutch oven and shred. Mix it all together and cook another hour.  

     When done, place on rolls and serve with a pickle and a side of veggies and fries or mashed potatoes. 


    Navajo Pasole Recipe


    • 16 ounces pasole 
    • 4 ounces Green Chillies, chopped
    • 1 – 3 (1tbls) jalepenos Jalopenoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
    • 1/2 white onion onion, chopped
    • 14.5 ounces tomatoes, fresh or canned and flavored, chopped
    • 2-3 lb boneless pork roast
    • 2 teaspoons mexican dried oregano
    • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped garlic
    • 10 grams Tajin Clasico, tiny tiny bottle

    Notes / Directions

    Throw it all in a pot except sage and oregano. Cook 4 hours. Shred pork, add sage and oregano and simmer another hour. 

    Serve in bowls with tortillas.

    Can be thick like burrito Filling or can be made like a stew.

    *10 hr crock pot setting is best!