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Boys Can Cook Too!

Maybe it’s because I grew up with a brother who could, and still can, cook anything he wants or needs.  Maybe it’s because I cook, and I only have sons. Either way, I have a firm belief that both of my boys should learn to cook and be comfortable in a kitchen.  Sadly, too many …

Desserts Uncategorized

Mini Apple Pies with Hard Cider Glaze

For some reason, I love small, individualized desserts.  Maybe it’s because they’re so personal; maybe it’s because they’re perfect platings.  Either way, I love the fact that each person gets their own little masterpiece…not just a slice of a beautiful work of art.  

Breads Kid-Tested Uncategorized

Looking for kid-friendly kitchen project? Try Bread-in-a-Bag

The first time I ever made bread, I was 8 years old.  My granny and I made a pineapple quick bread.  By the time I was 9 years old, I’d graduated from quick breads and learned to make yeast bread.  My aunt was the 4-H adviser in our community, and my granny had been a …

Desserts Uncategorized

Cuban Espresso Dark Chocolate Cake with Salted Dulce De Leche Frosting

A couple of years ago, my (then) 10 year old decided that he wanted to bake a cake for our local 4-H/FFA Youth Fair.  I agreed to teach him, but he had to decide what kind/flavor he wanted to bake.  He decided on a chocolate & peanut butter cake, which shouldn’t surprise me since I’m …

Mains Uncategorized

The Ultimate Pantry & Freezer Meal…Zuppa di Ravioli

There are times when a good pantry, refrigerator, and freezer clean out are needed.  Digging all the way to the back of the pantry or freezer will at times turn up items that you can’t even remember buying, but as long as they aren’t freezer burned or out of date/stale, you owe it to your …

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The New Beans & Rice

In the South, there are also certain food combinations that are “expected.”  If you have bbq, then you have baked beans.  If you have fried chicken, you have mashed potatoes.  If you have ice tea, it’s gonna be sweet!  You get the idea… Anyway, beans are no different.  If a Southerner has beans, they’re going …

Desserts Uncategorized

Andes Candies meet Chocolate Cake

This one is totally for my husband and son.  They LOVE mint chocolate chip ice cream, Andes candies, after dinner mints, Thin Mint cookies, and anything else that’s chocolatey and minty.  As my husband said, “I’m gonna love it and hug it and make it my very own!”

Mains Sides & Salads Uncategorized

Tilapia with Warm Crab Salsa & Manchego Grits

The real challenge for many home cooks is using what is readily available in the neighborhood grocery store and turn it into something fantastic, something creative, something inventive. In many rural areas, such as mine, access to gourmet or specialized goods and grocery stores is quite limited. Granted, I can order just about anything I …

Breads Breakfast Mains Uncategorized

Bacon & Citrus Pizzas

Let me begin by saying, yeast bread dough is probably the most versatile “ingredient” you can learn to make.  Basic yeast dough can be turned into so many different meals.  From cinnamon roll breakfasts to pizzas, yeast dough can become sweet or savory with the addition/deletion of flavorings and fillings.  

Desserts Uncategorized

Bourbon Sugar Snickerdoodles

I may have unplugged and cooked minimally while on our trip to Savannah, but I was constantly processing ideas, writing recipes, and trying new products. One of the coolest things about Savannah is the friendliness of the shop keepers and their willingness to let you sample EVERYTHING they make.  I’ve ventured into The Spice & …

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