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: 40 minutes Yield: 4-6 A Mac & Cheese veggie thatRead More →