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Sweet & spicy muscadine wine pepper jelly

“Muscadines, muscadines, their overture of sweetness in the mouth and brain testifying to the Holy Trinity of Sun, Rain, and Dirt…” ~James Tighe (Have you tried muscadine pepper jelly? It’s fantastic!)

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baking · breakfast · Breakfast and brunch · southern food · Uncategorized · what southern folks eat

Sweet Southern Mornings: Peaches and Cream French Toast Casserole

“What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?” ~ Anthony Bourdain Breakfast, as everyone’s mother says, is the most important meal of the day. This isn’t just a Southern-ism; this is practically universal among family matriarchs. While her intent was and is to fuel your body so you can work efficiently,… Continue reading Sweet Southern Mornings: Peaches and Cream French Toast Casserole

Farmers Market recipes · Healthy recipes

The grilled peach salad of my dreams

I have weird dreams. They say that’s a sign of a creative mind, right? Last night I actually dreamed that I did so much decluttering in my kitchen that I had some empty cabinets. I mean, who dreams that? Anyone who knows me well knows that dreaming about organizing is somewhat out of character for… Continue reading The grilled peach salad of my dreams

comfort food · Quick recipes

7-minute side dish: skillet-roasted potato dumplings

I’ve been missing my mom lately, and comforting myself at times with food that reminds me of her. Do you ever do that? Crave a meal or dish or dessert that reminds you of someone you love? Food is closely tied to our memories. Almost every time someone mentions, for instance, their grandmother, they’ll say… Continue reading 7-minute side dish: skillet-roasted potato dumplings

chocolate · comfort food · desserts

Mama Steph’s sour cream-chocolate chip pound cake

(Note: this is my 200th blog post! Thanks for being here to celebrate that with me!)  Some years ago my husband and I worked in  youth ministry. We worked with all kinds of lovely, love-hungry teenagers; many from broken homes, poor homes, abusive homes, as well as some from strong, loving families. We embraced them… Continue reading Mama Steph’s sour cream-chocolate chip pound cake

comfort food · Farmers Market recipes · Healthy recipes · soups

Top 7 soup recipes to comfort your body and soul

What do I want to eat when I’m cold? Soup. What do I want to eat when I’m sad? Soup. What do I want to eat when I am sick? You guessed it. Soup. I’ve shared before the connection to my childhood offers, and that’s part of the reason I love it so much. “Soup… Continue reading Top 7 soup recipes to comfort your body and soul