Home chefs learn to improvise when cooking in small spaces and when food, utensils or cookware is limited. You know how it is when you move and the cupboards are bare? I had one of those kitchen days recently. Family members were in the process of moving. I made dinner while they made trips back and forth to get more things. New recipes are often created in such times. It turned out to be a chicken and rice dinner. First, however, I looked in the pantry to see what the options were. There was a large can of charro beans, a few cans of diced tomatoesRead More →

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. When I was a young girl, my family and I went to my maternal grandmother’s house in a Texas country community on Christmas Eve. Her home filled up quickly with her ten children and many grandchildren. Early Christmas morning my parents, brothers, and I got up early to open gifts and eat breakfast. Then we traveled about 30 miles to my paternal grandmother’s house for lunch and opened gifts with her, my aunt, and cousin. We stayed all day. Early Christmas morning my parents, brothers, and I got up early to open gifts and eat breakfast. Then we traveledRead More →

Weekends are kind of like mini-holidays for people who work Monday through Friday. Mornings are typically rushed during the week with little time to spend extra time in the kitchen. One of the fanciest breakfasts I remember my mother making was French toast. I only got to have that when on vacation. The occasion was when my two young stepdaughters were on a summer visit. The eldest, Ivy, who stayed right by Mother’s side to watch, said, “I know how to make French toast.” A bond between those two began that day. They were so much alike in some ways. Possible perfectionists, they had aRead More →

Try out this “Mac & Cheese” for your kiddos. It’s baked and even includes a veggie. I made it for my daughter and son-in-law twice. They said it looked like Mac & Cheese, but it didn’t have cheese on it. The second time I made it I added cheese. Yum! My little toddler granddaughter was in on the cheese version – and she loved the bacon. If a toddler approves of a recipe, there’s no doubt about it – it’s good! Mac & Cheese Cauliflower Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 18 hours, 11 minutes Yield: 4-6 A Mac & CheeseRead More →

What foods and decor items do you like to include in your fall tablescapes? I love these: Lazy Susans – Handy for hospitality and decorating the tablescape. Burlap & Candles – Brings out the rustic cabin look that I admire with scented candles. The more candles the better. Ahhh! Apples & Pumpkins – Gotta have these for fall decor…fresh apples, MacIntosh Apple Candles (the best!). Candy Corn & Spanish Peanuts Medley with Mini Pumpkins – This one’s a sentimental holiday must do for me. It brings back fond memories of my paternal grandmother. A Dish of Nuts and a Nutcracker – Do you collect nutcrackers? ThereRead More →

Autumn brings joy to the homemaker with a kitchen garden who loves creating recipes of fruits and vegetables. Seasonal root vegetables such as carrots, onions, sweet potatoes, turnips, garlic, and ginger make savory stews. They are flavored with natural juices and seasoned with herbs and spices, so little or no salt is needed. My daughter recently made a vegetable soup with root vegetables and added the small potatoes sometimes called fingerlings. They are purple, red, and white. They make great leftovers. Second-hand, the roots turned into a new Parmesan-Cheddar veggie medley served over brown rice. Yummmyyyy! There are people who don’t eat vegetables, much less the root kind.Read More →

A Fall Tablescape with Candy Corn

One of the best Halloween candies is candy corn. In my opinion, that is. My paternal grandmother always kept them in a little kitchen drawer. Every time I went to visit her, I would head for that drawer. If there was no candy corn there, I would find butterscotch candy instead. But I preferred the candy corn. Still today, I have to buy at least one bag of candy corn each year for Halloween. A friend told me about a different way to serve candy corn. Add Spanish peanuts. I had never tried that before, so I thought why not. I love it because theRead More →

Pumpkin Smoothie

October is a pleasant time of the year with summer behind us and days finally feeling like fall. It’s a season of enjoying fall foliage, having family fun at pumpkin patches, and baking favorite recipes. Full Plate Thursday is one of my favorite recipe parties to join online. If you want to try out a new dish or share one of your own, check out Miz Helen’s Country Cottage. This past Thursday I visited To Simply Inspire’s blog by Sherri and discovered a wonderful recipe for Pumpkin Pie Smoothie that I added to the smoothie board at Kitchen Southern Hospitality Pinterest so I can find it quickly.Read More →

Strawberry Souffle for National Dessert Day

Hey, y’all! It’s National Dessert Day! One of the kitchen joys I like the most is preparing a dessert because I love sweets and enjoy making them for family and friends. Lately, I’ve strived to be more mindful of my daily nutritional intake – including desserts. Call it food for comfort, reward, or whatever you think best fits, sweets just simply taste good. That doesn’t mean I don’t like eating meat or vegetables. The bottom line is that I prefer the main meal – and the dessert. Who says I can’t have the cake and eat it, too? Since using MyFitnessPal, an easy-to-use IOS calorieRead More →

Pumpkin Patches for Children

Fall has arrived, but it goes better with cooler temperatures. Ninety-plus-degree weather days aren’t getting me in the baking mood. It’s a season for apple pie, apples dipped in caramel, carved pumpkins, and pumpkin bars. The only pumpkin that’s made it into the house got as far as the dining table. No pumpkin desserts have made it in my kitchen yet (unless you count a pumpkin spice coffee creamer as dessert) – strawberries are dominating the territory. I thought that strawberry season ended in August. Not this year. The summer season may have started in June and ended in September, but summer heat has lastedRead More →