easy recipes · Quick recipes

Dad’s linguine with Italian sausage

Cooking together and eating around our little oval maple dining table were some of the best times in our house when I was growing up; I’ve told you before about the luscious crab cakes my family made the day we netted blue crabs on St. Joe Beach, about my mom’s fabulous fried chicken, and about… Continue reading Dad’s linguine with Italian sausage

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Mama Steph’s Southern grits and greens casserole

If there’s one thing my mama taught me, it was to love good Southern food. There are so many foods that we in the American South claim as our own…some of them, many northern folks haven’t even tried. That’s ok, of course, as they have their specialties, too; regional cooking is wonderful. But I digress.… Continue reading Mama Steph’s Southern grits and greens casserole

drinks · Healthy recipes · seasonal recipes

Pumpkin-lover’s smoothie for warm fall days

We foodies are a tight-knit community; we learn from each other, encourage each other, and score tons of great recipes from each other, too! This is why I get excited about fun events like Smoothie Week 2014 on the Williams-Sonoma website! I want more smoothies in my breakfast arsenal, and I can hardly wait to… Continue reading Pumpkin-lover’s smoothie for warm fall days

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Fruit and nut-stuffed baked apples, and a visit to Sesame Street

One of my favorite childhood memory-related scents is that of plump apples baking in the oven on a cold day. My mother would core the apples, drop some butter, cinnamon and a bit of brown sugar in the centers, and bake them until the house filled with that perfect, delicious scent. I remember sitting on… Continue reading Fruit and nut-stuffed baked apples, and a visit to Sesame Street

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MamaSteph’s Lightened-Up Creamy, Incredible Mac & Cheese

I’m so excited that I was asked back to cook on KLTV7 in Tyler during tonight’s 5pm news. I always look forward to doing the cooking segments with my friends at channel 7, as they are so welcoming and helpful to me, and then when the news is over, they devour the food I bring… Continue reading MamaSteph’s Lightened-Up Creamy, Incredible Mac & Cheese

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You Like Rhubarb, You Just Don’t Know It Yet

On St. Patrick’s Day I was the guest chef in the demo kitchen at FRESH by Brookshires in Tyler.  I was able to spend the day cooking in that shiny new kitchen,  meeting all the food lovers who came by to see what smelled so great!  I made a fresh Irish stew which everyone loved,… Continue reading You Like Rhubarb, You Just Don’t Know It Yet

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MamaSteph’s Cookies for Santa: Cranberry-white chocolate chip with walnuts

Cookies for Santa are a tradition in my home; yours, too, I bet.  I remember making sure that mom set out cookies for Santa so that he’d have a snack after he left Sherrin and me our gifts.  On Christmas morning, there were only crumbs left on the plate, and the milk glass was empty! … Continue reading MamaSteph’s Cookies for Santa: Cranberry-white chocolate chip with walnuts

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Cooking Up a Storm w/MamaSteph on KLTV!

My friends at KLTV in Tyler invited me to fill in for Grant Dade today during his Friday morning cooking segment, “Cooking Up a Storm, ” as he was unable to be there this morning.  I gladly took them up on it! When I was with them for In The Kitchen back in August, it… Continue reading Cooking Up a Storm w/MamaSteph on KLTV!