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This was not a previously scheduled stop on this adventure, but sometimes things work out better than planned. When we made such good time on Day 1, not killing ourselves the next day seemed like a pretty good idea, so we made the four hour trek from OKC to Amarillo. And I must say, our […]

Recipe, Review

Treat yourself and kids with Custom Confections

Available September 1st from Capstone Young Readers, this book is perfect for budding young pastry chefs or families that just want to have some fun in the kitchen. If you’re looking for some sweet treats to make up with your kids this holiday season and beyond, don’t miss Custom Confections, by Jen Besel. While it’s […]


Weeknight Chicken and Cream Sauce

The August cover of any national food magazine will usually feature some sort grilled meat with a title about throwing the perfect summer party for a crowd. That’s not exactly the way our editorial calendar works here in Tennessee. In our neck of the woods, August is not the start of grilling season, it’s the […]


National Hot Dog Day

Celebrate this important and historic day. Or the next time you want to watch a game on the couch. Or don’t want to do dishes. Pair a good hot dog with some Summer’s Not Over Baked Beans in mason jars and cold root beer in bottles and you’re good to go. (It’s kind of all […]


Patriotic Deviled Eggs

This is either a desperate cry for professional help or a fun way to celebrate Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day cookouts. Take your favorite Deviled Egg recipe and throw in a little reverse Easter egg dying, and you’ve got the weirdest yet best addition to any potluck. For my sized large platter, […]


Stuffed Leg of Lamb wrapped in Pastry

I’ve never been a ham person. In fact, I really dislike it. The only time this is ever an issue is Easter Dinner because somehow, this has become the go-to protein for spring because sodium pairs so nicely with tulips. Or something. Despite this culinary expectation, Easter Dinner has become one of my favorites to […]


Jam Session

I have this self-imposed small window on my calendar when I make homemade strawberry jam. It’s a brief period in late March/early April when Florida strawberries are at their absolute ripest, sweetest and on sale. I realize that they can be found at any point during the year and few more dollars more won’t break […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

One of the things I remember the most about my mother’s cooking was her corned beef dinner. She would make the corned beef, red-skinned potatoes and boiled cabbage. It was one of my favorite meals as a kid. Except for the cabbage. The cabbage smell would make me gag, but everything else was so good […]


Fat Tuesday

Since last week’s accidental trip through Mardi Gras, I have a new appreciation for Fat Tuesday. I tried a few different recipes for Traditional King Cake–even fashioning one myself–but this one from Southern Living was the best. I liked that it wasn’t too sweet, and it made two loaves. Part of my Lenten journey this […]


Mardi Gras Cake

This is my version of the popular Halloween Cake you’ve probably seen around before adapted for Fat Tuesday. It’s called, “Hey, Kids! Here’s all the sugar and processed food stuffs I’m denying you over the next 40 days all in one cake!” Just follow the instructions listed here, and replace the orange food coloring with […]