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Sunny boiled vanilla custard

I have said it before: I love recipe- sharing. I think we who love to cook and bake, whether for family, friends, customers, or ourselves, owe a great debt to the cooks and bakers who came before us.  And we owe it to the younger generations to “pay it forward.” I like to think about… Continue reading Sunny boiled vanilla custard

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I just wanted to share this with you, friends…

This poem is so lovely to me that I had to share it with you guys!  Do you see the miracles in your life? MIRACLES by Walt Whitman Why! who makes much of a miracle? As to me, I know of nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, Or dart my… Continue reading I just wanted to share this with you, friends…

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When Life Gives You Lemons….

There are so many silly “when life gives you lemons…” sayings, all spin-offs of the original saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” which is attributed to Dale Carnegie, among others.  I like the sentiment; when difficult things happen in life, try to turn them into something good.  But I differ with Mr. Carnegie… Continue reading When Life Gives You Lemons….

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Making Skillet Peach Cobbler and Vanilla Extract

There is something about using my granddaddy’s old cast iron skillet that makes me happy.  It’s an old 10″ black skillet, shiny with its seasoning. I know he used it well; Granddaddy was an avid cook and was good at it. At the time, as a little girl, I thought some of the things he… Continue reading Making Skillet Peach Cobbler and Vanilla Extract

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Behind the Scenes: My Visit to “In The Kitchen” on KLTV 7

I shared with you last week about my being asked by KLTV Web Producer Ellen Krafve (@tvnewsgoddess on Twitter) if I’d be interested in being the guest on last Friday’s “In The Kitchen” feature on the 5 p.m. news.  After initially gasping for breath (I hyperventilate when frightened… 😉  ) I agreed to do it,… Continue reading Behind the Scenes: My Visit to “In The Kitchen” on KLTV 7

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“In The Kitchen” with Mama Steph on KLTV: Cookies!

(My friend Ellen Krafve, web producer at KLTV 7 in Tyler, Texas, suggested that I be the featured cook this Friday (today!) on KLTV’s weekly 5:00p.m. news feature, ” In The Kitchen.”  You guys know that it has become a goal of mine to say yes when something challenging presents itself to me, as opposed… Continue reading “In The Kitchen” with Mama Steph on KLTV: Cookies!

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What Are You Doing Friday Night? (an announcement!)

“Food can look beautiful, taste exquisite, smell wonderful, make people feel good, bring them together, inspire romantic feelings…At its most basic, it is fuel for a hungry machine.”~ Rosamond Richardson My friends and family and blog visitors (whom I now count as friends) know that cooking and baking are two of my favorite things to… Continue reading What Are You Doing Friday Night? (an announcement!)

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Nanny’s Chocolate Icing

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” ~ Laurie Colwin I love this quote by American author Laurie Colwin; I think most cooks feel this connection with… Continue reading Nanny’s Chocolate Icing