Bay Leaves

Bay Leaves My friend Cindy clipped back her bay laurel plant and I was the lucky recipient of the leaves. Since I use bay leaves in any type of soup or stock, I was thrilled to have them fresh. I was also so glad to have a dehydrator. In 30 minutes, the leaves were dried…

Culinary Dinner

As we inch closer to the holidays and the end of the year, it seems natural to reflect on the past. I think of my favorite holiday meals and who was the best in our family at making certain dishes. I also think about my own first adventures in the kitchen that ended up being…

Sweet Potato Pie

Everyone’s Favorite Sweet Potato Pie Yield: 8 servings 1 recipe Single Pie Pastry 2 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 teaspoon pure vanilla or walnut extract Dash of ground nutmeg Dash of ground cinnamon 1 1/3 cups cooked, mash sweet potatoes Preheat the oven to 350°F….

Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk Pie I will admit that I am not one to sit down and enjoy a cold glass of buttermilk, but when it comes to cooking, I love it! Nothing comes close to matching that tang, that zip and that complexity it adds to foods. Every container of buttermilk that comes into my house will…

Dish Drying Rack

Dish Drying Rack Like many of you, I purchased one of those thick drying pads that seem to be everywhere. I liked the fact that it could be thrown in the washing machine and that it folded nicely in the drawer for storage. But using it disappointed me. My upside down dishes never completely dried,…

Pizza Crust

PIZZA CRUST I have always been a fan of thin pizza crust. There are a couple of reasons.  I don’t have to wait around for the dough to rise. I don’t fill up on the extra “bread” with a thick crust. In less than 15 minutes, it’s topped and ready to go.  It cooks on…

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice I have a friend who is constantly telling me she has found a bottled product that tastes just like fresh squeezed orange juice. I have tasted these imitators and every time I am disappointed. They all seem to overcompensate and it has a bite that lingers in the mouth. So this…

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie I grew up in Mississippi surrounded by pecan trees. It seemed as if there were always bowls of these whole nuts sitting around with crackers and picks for anyone who had a craving. And sometimes it just won’t do to have any other dessert other than a freshly baked pecan pie. While there…

Jingles – 9 months

Jingles – 9 months It’s hard to believe that our puppy from Southeastern Guide Dogs, Jingles is now 9 months old. She continues to progress as a future superhero for a hero. We are now working on the close command, which is when she puts herself between our legs while we are seated in a…

Butter Beans

Butter Beans Few things taste better than great vegetables that have been lovingly preserved when their fresh season is long gone. So as I toil over the hot stove on a hot day to prepare the freshly harvested Butter Beans I have been shelling, I remind myself of that. I usually completely cook the beans,…