Dig out your cast iron skillet and let it impress you with its versatility! It adds a beautiful texture to these new, simple vegetable recipes. Plus, I have a new vintage find to share with you!
Williams-Sonoma, a favorite longtime culinary resource, is celebrating smoothie week this week! Smoothies are perfect for busy, hungry, or impatient people, because they’re easy to make in a hurry, they fill you up with creamy goodness, and they can be as decadent or as healthful as you like. I often enjoy being creative and making… Continue reading Mama Steph’s “quik” frozen banana coffee smoothie
There aren’t many simple foods that have the same level of cult status as grilled cheese sandwiches. And it’s with good reason; they a warm, crispy and buttery on the outside, and melty, cheesy and decadent on the inside. Add to that the fact that it takes about ten minutes to prepare them, and you… Continue reading Grilled cheese for every craving + the soup to dunk it in!
Where do you fall in the “breakfast vs. no breakfast” debate? Some of us can’t imagine a day without a good breakfast, while some can’t be bothered to stop to eat before heading out the door to their busy, nonstop days. Happily, that’s why weekends are so great! (Well, one of many reasons…) You can… Continue reading Three nearly-perfect weekend breakfast ideas
There are versions of comfort food in every culture. For some, it’s macaroni and cheese, while for others, it’s garlic soup or lentil stew. I never really thought much about the comfort food of other countries until recently. I love my own comfort food, like buttermilk biscuits or the aforementioned macaroni and cheese. But then… Continue reading Spaghetti carbonara: Italy’s 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!
There is something simple and nostalgic about Mason jars. I love their simple, shiny clean look, and how they hold the promise of something delicious held over from the garden’s harvest. John Mason invented and patented the first glass jar with a screw-on cap in 1858, and though he didn’t make much money from his… Continue reading Mason Jar love: Simple layered salads & other fun ideas
I always think of my Uncle Jessie Hill when I hear the words “peaches and cream.” Whenever we’d visit his home in Laurenburg, N.C., he’d make sure to feed my little sister Sherrin and me a bowl of peaches and cream, which was, to me, an amazing food, as I had never had cream before.… Continue reading Peaches & Cream French Toast Casserole
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?
Recently on Good Morning East Texas, I was asked to share a recipe that would be handy to pull out during the holidays to make for visiting family members and friends. Something different, but not difficult, I thought, is what I would like to share with everyone. I shared a recipe inspired by a recipe… Continue reading Savory bacon-veggie hotcakes: one pan, loads of flavor