One of the Labor Day weekend breakfasts I made for the hubby and me was especially delightful. The food was really good as it was my favorite – veggie cheese omelets with ground turkey and cilantro and gluten-free waffles topped with a tad of butter and local honey. Yum!                   The delightful part was watching the our two little kittens, brother and sister, play inside the basket on top of the kitchen scale in the herb garden. We just knew they were going to tip theRead More →

Quinoa is a new healthy foods staple for this southern girl’s kitchen. It looks like “Ke-no-a”, right? See, you thought so, too! But it’s “Keen-wah” I found out. Now I feel better about using the staple because in my neck-of-the-woods stomping grounds in Southeast Texas, “keen” means you’ve got good sense. A person who eats quinoa does have good sense I think. First of all, it doesn’t take long to cook it. Second, one cup uncooked quinoa turns into about four cups cooked. Mixed with a medley of vegetables and lite soy sauce, it makes a filling dinner, and there’s plenty left over for lunches.Read More →

                      Green bean casserole with a can of French Fried Onions baked on top is a favorite holiday vegetable of mine. This is the last week of August, and Labor Day is just around the corner. Autumn and holidays make me think of nostalgic memories of comfort cooking in the kitchen. I do love those French Fried Onions and recently had a can of them on hand. Since eggs and omelets are top priorities on my weekly menu list, I decided to try something new – French Fried Onion Omelet! It’s very easy. First, youRead More →

Since I started my AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, I’ve been having nutritious chocolate shakes for breakfast. I love chocolate! It’s kind of like having chocolate milk for breakfast. My breakfast shake packets ran out (I shared them with my hubby and forgot to order more in time). This morning I needed to come up with a healthy meal. It didn’t take long to figure out what. Broccoli omelet! I like steamed broccoli. The best way to cook broccoli is boil it in water for five minutes, turn off the burner, cover the pot, and let it set for 20 minutes. You get tender broccoli that isn’tRead More →

Cooking meals for my AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge calls for creativity in my kitchen. Eating nutritious food in moderation and adding daily supplements is a good thing. However, I like to eat, and I like food cooked southern style. If it doesn’t look and taste good, I’m not interested in eating it. Plus, it’s got to be filling and satisfying. Perhaps you aren’t familiar with southern-style cooking. Let me introduce you to it.                       My mother and grandmothers grew vegetable gardens. I was raised on fresh vegetables that were blanched and preserved by freezing them. My favoriteRead More →

When I started out as a newlywed cook 35 years ago, I wondered at my maternal grandmother’s advice to add a little of this and a little of that. Craving her chocolate meringue pie one day, I called and asked her how to make it. She estimated the measurements for me the best she could. Her expertise in how much of each ingredient went into each recipe gave her an ability that I had not yet accomplished. Things have changed – at least with vegetables. When deciding on which vegetables to stir fry, I open the refrigerator and grab whatever I have on hand. IfRead More →

Kitchens have intrigued me since my early memory of eating sugar in a cup and making mud pies. To this day I like sweets and digging in the dirt (though not together). It’s no wonder that I have an herb garden handy just outside my cabin kitchen. Come to think of it, however, I do have dirt and sweet combined. I planted a Sweet Maya Stevia in a basket that sets on top of a scale! If a Stevia plant could talk, this one must be telling me that it felt offended at being placed on top of the scale (one of my favorite vintageRead More →

Today is a special day – June 7th! My parents married on June 7, 1943. Dad left for the war less than a month later. He and my mother didn’t see each other for two years. Mother passed in 2008. Dad is now 89, and he looks good and is in pretty good health. He becomes frustrated at times because he can’t remember like he used to. But today when I talked to him on the phone I asked him did he know what today is and did he know what yesterday was. Of course, when I mentioned that it’s his and Mother’s anniversary, he rememberedRead More →

Friday was National Doughnut Day in case you didn’t know. Some donut shops gave away a free donut with a purchased beverage. I got my favorite donut with chocolate icing and cream inside. Mmmm, it’s the best! But wait a minute. Is it donut or doughnut? Either. It’s doughnut in the UK. It was doughnut at first in the US, but we changed it to donut. When I was a little girl, my mother would get me up at dawn on Saturdays to go down to our church kitchen. Several ladies gathered there to make Spudnuts. The kitchen was in a wing with a bedroomRead More →

Mother’s Day makes me think of memories of my mother baking in her kitchen. She would either be baking a cake (our favorites were German Chocolate and Pineapple Upside Down Cake), her specialty teacakes, cornbread or dinner rolls. Dinner rolls that divided in the middle or the ones that had three sections were my favorite kinds. Bread was my weakness, especially bread with butter. Butter melted in a hot roll was as good as dessert – almost. I think my parents must have liked the cornbread the best, though. We had cornbread in chicken and dressing, casseroles, baked in iron skillets, crumbled up in milkRead More →