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
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 Food historians say that it was originally made by home cooks who, due to necessity, didn’t waste a scrap of food, ever.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!
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 do with those gorgeous, juicy orbs. It’s my… Continue reading Simple pasta alla checca