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Cooking basics: Making fresh butter

      I think the reason I love butter is that I was denied it for so many years. Not maliciously, of course. You see, I grew up in the 1970s, and in those days, every housewife used margarine. They were told it was better for their families, and it was less expensive than… Continue reading Cooking basics: Making fresh butter



My New Romance with Risotto

As I’ve mentioned before, I was raised on white rice and potatoes. My dad was born and raised in South Carolina, where rice is a staple crop. He loved it! So I was raised to love it, too, in its sticky, gummy whiteness, usually bathed in a pool of chicken gravy. There was even a… Continue reading My New Romance with Risotto


Herb & Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breast with Lemony White Wine Sauce

I love to cook; as my children would say to me, “thank you for the information, Mrs. Obvious.” But it’s true; cooking is so creative and is one way for me to express my artistic side.  Even better, I get to feed people after I make the food,  which makes them happy, and I feel… Continue reading Herb & Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breast with Lemony White Wine Sauce


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