Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread I love fresh cranberries and stock up during this time of year so I have plenty in my freezer. One of my favorite recipes pairs them with  zesty orange juice to make a quick bread that is a marvelous eye opener on cold mornings. I have seen many versions of this recope…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Roasted Bananas

I don’t know when it occurred to me that bananas should be roasted. I roast everything else … from apples to zucchini and love the results. So why not bananas? The skins provide the perfect covering for the insides to stay warm but not burn. And the natural sugars simply caramelize to seal the flavor…

One Pan Brownies

One Pan Brownies There are some days when only chocolate will do. I had one of those days the other day, so it meant a pan of brownies. I am a huge fan of the 8×8-inch pan. Unlike the larger cousins, it gives you just enough of whatever dessert you are craving. I have used…