chocolate · holidays

Chocolate cupcakes: What’s not to love?

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 up in drugstores and grocery stores, magazine covers… Continue reading Chocolate cupcakes: What’s not to love?

Breakfast and brunch

The perfect banana bread

I know you’ve been searching, just as I have, for the perfect banana bread recipe. There are breads out there that use chocolate chips, various nuts, pumpkin, bacon, and all kinds of other wonderful things to add to banana bread. I have enjoyed many of them! Read: This week’s column on Tom Petty and the… Continue reading The perfect banana bread


Chewy peanut butter-cereal treats

  There are so many things to enjoy about fall: cooler weather, football games, colorful soft scarves, warm comfort foods, and the anticipation of all the holidays that occur from October through December.  I love it all! I love pumpkins, scarecrows, mums, and apple cider. What a comfortable, cozy time of year. Here’s a snack… Continue reading Chewy peanut butter-cereal treats


Berry Week Recipes: Day Two~ Lemon-Raspberry “Brownies”

I’m having so much fun with “Berry Week” this week on the blog and on In the Kitchen with Mama Steph on KLTV7.  I love fruit, and berries are so good for you and are easy to use in baking and cooking.  Yesterday’s Blueberry Crumb bars were well-received  and delicious, and today the folks at the station gave… Continue reading Berry Week Recipes: Day Two~ Lemon-Raspberry “Brownies”


Strawberry Pie That Tastes Like 1970 (to me, anyway)

In the early 1970’s in North Carolina about this time of year, my parents and I would jump into the station wagon (I always went to the back of the station wagon; the “way back.” It was my domain in those days, along with a doll and a couple of Barbies) and head over to… Continue reading Strawberry Pie That Tastes Like 1970 (to me, anyway)


Sweet Little Jumbleberry Crumble

I have happy childhood memories of strawberries. My dad has told me stories about our little family, when I was about four years old, going to strawberry patches in North Carolina and picking berries in the warm sun.  Mom liked to freeze quarts of berries for later use, and she’d make batches of strawberry ice… Continue reading Sweet Little Jumbleberry Crumble

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Simple and Beautiful Clafoutis: A Taste of Summer in France on Your Table

As I was perusing more of my grandfather’s cookbook, which I talked about earlier in the week,  (Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, for those of you who haven’t read my most recent posts)  I came across a recipe that looked delicious and easy to make: clafoutis.   Clafoutis is a sort of like… Continue reading Simple and Beautiful Clafoutis: A Taste of Summer in France on Your Table


Simple Crème Brûlée Pie

I had extra eggs in my fridge this week, as I had bought some of my friend Melanie’s Aracauna chicken eggs to play with with my camera.  They are so beautiful! I love the pale blue color of them.   Here they are mixed with some brown eggs: I really want to keep chickens, but others… Continue reading Simple Crème Brûlée Pie