The real deal apple-cinnamon oatmeal

Remember those chilly mornings when your mom would tear open a packet of instant oatmeal with apples and cinnamon flavoring, pour it into a bowl and add hot water? Or maybe she would stick it in the microwave? Okay, I will admit, I really did like that when I was little. It was sweet, and … Continue reading

Preserving and canning: Jalapeno jelly

Preserving and canning: Jalapeno jelly

Jalapeno jelly is a Texas staple, found on store shelves across the state. It’s fantastic served over cream cheese or brie, with crackers on the side. It’s also a lovely glaze for fish or chicken, or as a sandwich spread with turkey. If you’ve never reached for a jar, do yourself a favor and try … Continue reading

Five sweet ideas for Mother’s Day treats

Five sweet ideas for Mother’s Day treats

So, you don’t know exactly what to get your mom for Mother’s Day? I can tell you. Unless she’s told you something specific that she would like to have (you’ve been paying attention, haven’t you?) I can tell you right now what she wants. First, she wants to be told that she is loved. Not … Continue reading

In a slump? Try these berry desserts!

In a slump? Try these berry desserts!

It’s the time of year that I begin looking forward to the reawakening of farmers markets in every town, with baskets full of greens, peas, berries, tomatoes and squash. What a pleasure to see the colorful sights, smell the scents of the fresh produce and the baked goods, and listen to the people chat with … Continue reading

Dinner in 10: One pan spicy tomato pasta

Dinner in 10: One pan spicy tomato pasta

How about an easy-to-make and easy-to-eat pasta for dinner? This is one that I’ve made three times over the past month. It’s simple: put some fresh tomatoes across the bottom of your skillet, top with dry pasta and some veggies and spices, pour water over the whole thing, and stir as it cooks for nine … Continue reading