Souhaitez-vous une tarte de la soie Française? (Fabulous French Silk Pie)

Some years ago my family went to have dinner with my dear friend Charlotte’s family.  Char is an amazing cook; her mom is of Scottish descent, and her dad was Italian, and Char learned to cook really well while growing up in their home.  At least everything I’ve ever eaten at her house has been… Continue reading Souhaitez-vous une tarte de la soie Française? (Fabulous French Silk Pie)


The Rustic Weekend: Barns & Pasta e Fagiole

Sometimes I find myself in a rambling mood.  Do you? I just have to get out from in-between the four walls and wander around a little bit; see something new.  That’s how I felt on Saturday. In search of a cure,  I grabbed my camera, got in my big  Ford and started driving. I headed… Continue reading The Rustic Weekend: Barns & Pasta e Fagiole


MamaSteph’s Super Cinnamon-y Snickerdoodles

“Cinnamon bites and kisses simultaneously.” ~ Vanna Bonta I adore cinnamon. Cinnamon candles are my favorite to burn.  I love the scent of red hots, and I get happy when  walking by Cinnabon in a mall and getting a whiff of the amazing scent of yeast and cinnamon!  Something about the scent of cinnamon is… Continue reading MamaSteph’s Super Cinnamon-y Snickerdoodles


Awesome Chocolate Frosting!

I have been watching a lot of Ina Garten’s show, Barefoot Contessa, on the Food Network lately.  She makes really good, simple food, and I love her kitchen! It’s lovely.  I was salivating when she made a birthday cake on her show the other day, and knew I had to try it.  Well, the icing,… Continue reading Awesome Chocolate Frosting!


Crock Pot Apple Cobbler Experiment

Do you ever hear the sound of fresh produce calling you from the refrigerator? “Use me, use me, do something with me before I go bad…..”   I have been hearing this from some fresh apples I had in the produce drawer of my fridge for days.  I made the decision; today was the day. (It… Continue reading Crock Pot Apple Cobbler Experiment


Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Today was a snow day.  This is a big deal because here in East Texas, we don’t get much snow like some of our friends do all winter. It’s extra special to us! It also made me want to cook all day long.  I had the family home all day, so I made sure to… Continue reading Chicken Pot Pie Soup


Bread Making for Beginners: You Can Do This!

I love making bread.  I have many breads that I still want to attempt, but the ones that I have so far learned to make, my family, friends and I have thoroughly enjoyed!  I know that many people are intimidated by bread making.  I was!  My mom never made anything that I can remember with… Continue reading Bread Making for Beginners: You Can Do This!

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Mrs. Classen’s Cinnamon Rolls

I was raised by a great Southern cook, in my opinion.  Not gourmet Southern, just plain buttermilk biscuit-fried chicken-mashed potatoes-and-gravy Southern.  And it was good.  However, mama never made anything with yeast, to my knowledge.  I thought making one’s own rolls and breads was exotic, and only for real chefs to do. That changed when… Continue reading Mrs. Classen’s Cinnamon Rolls