Happy New Year!

Source It is a tradition in my home to make and eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.  I serve them with rice, greens and cornbread. Also, here’s a little music from the band Black-Eyed Peas because I feel a little tongue-in-cheek today.  Let’s get this year started!  Woo hoo! Related articles Collards and Cornbread […]

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My Grandmother’s Hands

Source Sometimes we remember the darndest things like my Grandmother’s nails When I file my nails I see her hands She was always filing her nails They were always perfect She liked them with oval tips Her nails had deep ridges in them from age Her hands were strong, brown Wrinkled like raisins Those hands […]

Cream Cheese Poundcake – My Signature Dish

This cake is getting to be “my” dish.  I got the recipe from my Mom’s friend Carolyne.  Thank you Carolyne!  Carolyne’s (and now Karyl’s) Best Cream Cheese Pound Cake Ever* Ingredients 3 c flour 1 T baking powder ¼ t salt 1-8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened 1 ½ c butter 2 ¼ c sugar […]

I love me some cornbread

My favorite recipe is from my friend The Pioneer Woman.  It is simple and yummy.  And made in a cast iron skillet.  You can get her recipe here.  Enjoy! Related articles Sweet corn and cheese bread (addsomebutter.com) Glutino Premium Harvest Corn Bread (64deangelis.wordpress.com) Corn Bread (joanna-rogers.com) Jalapeño-Cheddar Corn Bread (merettoday.com)

making shrimp etouffee

(Photo Credit: Nola Cuisine) Shrimp Etouffee (pronounced ay-too-fay) is both easy to make and quickly becoming one of my signature dishes.  I’ve made it twice now using two different recipes.  Both times it came out great.  Last time I used Emeril’s recipe.  The hardest part is peeling and deveining the shrimp.  The solution: use peeled, […]

chocolate chip cookies

dots of chocolate joy warm brown sugar and butter how I do love thee Related articles Levain Bakery’s Copycat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (urbanbakes.wordpress.com) Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (makebakesnapeat.wordpress.com) Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies (bakingandjoy.com) 4 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies (Dairy Free option) (boomdava.wordpress.com) Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Mug (blogthebackyard.wordpress.com)

pork chops and applesauce

Having grown up in the Brady Bunch era, I will never forget porkchops and applesauce.  My Mom made a killer baked applesauce.  It was just applesauce from the jar with sugar, cinnamon and butter!  You bake it until it’s bubbly.  So good!  Real comfort food. Here’s a recipe for porkchops and applesauce at SkinnyTaste.com. And […]