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Make your own cold-brew coffee in 3 easy steps

Cold-brew coffee is a popular drink in coffeehouses, and I checked it out for myself to find out why it’s become a favorite of so many coffee lovers. I discovered that cold-brew coffee has a smooth flavor that is completely lacking bitterness, which, for me, was a great quality. I set out to learn how… Continue reading Make your own cold-brew coffee in 3 easy steps

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Simply delicious: Mama Steph’s Parmesan vegetable skillet bake

Vegetables that are abundant and delicious in season are culinary treasures, provided by the sweat and care of farmers, whether large scale farmers or backyard farmers. The issue sometimes becomes finding enough ways to eat the bounty without letting any of it go to waste! Not wanting to be wasteful is a good thing; share… Continue reading Simply delicious: Mama Steph’s Parmesan vegetable skillet bake

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Simple pasta alla checca

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In the summertime, when we are all blessedly swimming in fresh tomatoes, whether homegrown or from the farmers market, we eat our fair share of tomato sandwiches, salads, and the like. But what else can you do with fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes? This year, we have something new to…

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Mama Steph’s Southern grits and greens casserole

If there’s one thing my mama taught me, it was to love good Southern food. There are so many foods that we in the American South claim as our own…some of them, many northern folks haven’t even tried. That’s ok, of course, as they have their specialties, too; regional cooking is wonderful. But I digress.… Continue reading Mama Steph’s Southern grits and greens casserole

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Cooking Basics: Roasted sweet potatoes

Ok, so maybe the idea of roasted sweet potatoes doesn’t get you all stirred up like, say, a pan of red velvet brownies cut into heart shapes or something equally charming. But let me defend the merits of the roasted sweet potato: sweet potatoes are available year ’round, they’re easily made delicious when prepared correctly,… Continue reading Cooking Basics: Roasted sweet potatoes

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Chocolate cupcakes: What’s not to love?

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I happen to love chocolate. I don’t eat a lot of it,  because I don’t eat a lot of sugar, but when I do eat it, I usually go for chocolate! During the Valentine’s Day season, chocolate becomes a nationwide obsession, practically. Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate show…

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Mama Steph’s Cinnamon-chocolate chip cookie bars

My cinnamon-chocolate chip cookie bars are so simple to make, and they feature ingredients which you likely already have in your kitchen, which everyone appreciates, of course. The lovely result of the easy, no-mixer-needed preparation is a pan of nicely dense, chewy bars with a lovely cinnamon flavor, accented by nuggets of velvety smooth, chocolate… Continue reading Mama Steph’s Cinnamon-chocolate chip cookie bars

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Back to Basics: Simple Chocolate-Chippy Brownies

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I was minding my own business this evening, working on editing pictures from Christmas, when my curly-headed 15 year old son plopped down beside me on the couch and said, “Mama, couldn’t you make me some warm brownies tonight?”  They can really be influentially sweet when they…

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Mama Steph’s simple, spicy (and good for you!) black-eyed pea soup

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There is a tradition down here in the south of eating black-eyed peas on January 1st for “good luck.”  Practically everyone I know does it, and I do it, too, though I don’t really believe in luck.  🙂 It’s a good thing I like black-eyed peas. I…

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Sweet Potato Ideas So Good They’ll Make You Forget Marshmallows

The sweet potato is a nearly-perfect food, don’t you think? It’s inexpensive, packed with nutrients, beautiful in color, easy to make, and has a marvelous flavor and texture. It grows well in the South, so we have plenty of them readily available nearly year-round. I wanted to share a tip and a few recipes with… Continue reading Sweet Potato Ideas So Good They’ll Make You Forget Marshmallows