Last weekend our extended family had a spur-of-the-moment cookout. My husband’s Aunt Pat had driven up from deep East Texas to spend the weekend, the weather was unusually mild for Texas in August, and my father-in-law was in the mood to grill. We had to take advantage of that combination of events for a fun… Continue reading Tongue-thrilling peach cobbler filling
Berries, berries everywhere! That’s one of the very best things about this time of year. Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and more are available in abundance. They’re all so wonderful. Here’s a cake that I made on In the Kitchen with Mama Steph on KLTV last week, using strawberries and blueberries, but which could obviously be made… Continue reading Mama Steph’s Summerberry Sheetcake
Bread pudding is such a lovely traditional Southern dessert. Food historians say that it was originally made by home cooks who, due to necessity, didn’t waste a scrap of food, ever. When there was stale bread, some genius, practical cook decided to break it up into chunks and pour a custardy liquid over the bread, adding in other things that… Continue reading Mama Steph’s bread puddings: simply decadent comfort food
My sweet friend Jennifer Hines found a recipe she just knew I’d like, and she was right! Oh, my goodness, this cake is easy to make, yes, but even if if were difficult, I’d make it again. It’s that decadently good. And no dealing with yeast, as when you make real cinnamon rolls. Fabulously simple.… Continue reading Sweet roll cake: all the flavor of cinnamon rolls without the work!
We’ve all been there: you’re in the middle of assembling a recipe, your mouth watering just thinking about the cookies or cake you’re about to make, when it hits you…you are out of brown sugar. Ok, maybe we haven’t ALL been there, but those of us who love baking most likely have. It happened to… Continue reading Make your own brown sugar (plus, a chocolate chip cookie recipe!)
A simple recipe for a drink I call a Purple Cow has always made my boys very happy. It makes me happy, too, because the PC packs a healthy dose of fruit, and is loaded with potassium, vitamin C, calcium, and fiber for their growing bodies. I’ve made these for years…it’s a healthy drink (unlike… Continue reading Have you ever drunk a Purple Cow?
Happy spring and Happy Easter, friends! It’s officially springtime here in the U.S., and though I love winter and it’s frosty scenery, heartfelt holidays, and warm clothes, I love the happy birds and sunny skies and blooming flowers of spring. Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, as I do, I know you must love the… Continue reading Springtime coconut birds’ nest cookies
There’s no dessert that seems more like springtime to me than lemon squares. They’re so bright, fresh, and old-fashioned. They’re the kind of dessert I picture Aunt Bee in Mayberry taking to church dinner on Easter. They’re cool and bright, which is just what I want in a warm-weather dessert. The lemon curd filling is… Continue reading Tangy Springtime Lemon Squares
Lemons are simple. They’re bright, tart, happy, sunny. They make me think of a Sicilian housewife in white apron and her hair piled up on her head, stepping out of her kitchen door on a sunny day, out to the lemon tree to pluck a juicy citrus orb from the tree. They bring a sunny… Continue reading Moist lemon bundt cake
(Note: this is my 200th blog post! Thanks for being here to celebrate that with me!) Some years ago my husband and I worked in youth ministry. We worked with all kinds of lovely, love-hungry teenagers; many from broken homes, poor homes, abusive homes, as well as some from strong, loving families. We embraced them… Continue reading Mama Steph’s sour cream-chocolate chip pound cake