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?

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Heart-healthier Italian sausage-rigatoni bake

Happy February, everybody!  It’s American Heart Health month, and yesterday was “Wear Red for Women” day, to remind us that heart disease kills more American women than any form of cancer, and that we need to improve our eating, get a little more exercise, and take care of ourselves! This month is especially important to… Continue reading Heart-healthier Italian sausage-rigatoni bake

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A nice, warm breakfast: Bacon pull-apart bread

There are just some things you can’t go wrong with, in my book. For instance, bacon. Bread. Cheese. These are a few of my favorite things! (cue Julie Andrews!)   This pull-apart bread features those favorite things together in one delicious savory treat. The bread is soft and fluffy, the bacon is crisp and delicious,… Continue reading A nice, warm breakfast: Bacon pull-apart bread

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Share your zucchini! Blueberry-zucchini cake with lemon-cream cheese frosting

Zucchini. Every year, everyone plants it in their gardens, and they water and feed and weed around the plants. Then the plants produce and produce and then produce some more, and what do we all do?     We complain about having too much zucchini. Then we try our best to find folks to share… Continue reading Share your zucchini! Blueberry-zucchini cake with lemon-cream cheese frosting

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Mama Steph’s banana-peach breakfast bread

I’ve been craving peaches lately. Fresh, warm from the sun, sweet peaches. Soft with ripeness and velvet-y fuzz. The scent when you hold this kind of peach to your nose is sweet and fragrant, and when you bite into one, the juice drips down your chin if it’s a really good one. But it’s May,… Continue reading Mama Steph’s banana-peach breakfast bread

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Margarita Ice Cream Sandwiches For Warm Fall Days

Recently I was asked to appear on In the Kitchen on KLTV again, and I gladly accepted. I love planning something fun to try on-air that I think the viewers will enjoy, and the state of the weather usually contributes to my choices.  It’s been a hot summer in the U.S., so we have all… Continue reading Margarita Ice Cream Sandwiches For Warm Fall Days

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Raspberry-Plum Flaugnarde (Let’s Just Call it a French Flan Tart)

This morning on KLTV‘s Good Morning East Texas I made a simple, lovely French dessert called a flaugnarde. It is simply a custard-like batter poured over some lovely fruit in a tart pan, baked, and served warm topped with a dusting of powdered sugar.  It is basically the very same thing as a clafoutis, which I… Continue reading Raspberry-Plum Flaugnarde (Let’s Just Call it a French Flan Tart)