Red beans, rice and clean clothes on Mondays

Andouille Festival

In Louisiana where my husband grew up, Monday dinner is always red beans and rice. Monday is laundry day, so you put your beans, onions, garlic, bayleaf and seasonings in the pot in the morning, and let them cook all day while you do the laundry. I put mine in the crock pot and go…

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Dougnuts for Valentines

a sweet romance

Doughnuts for Valentines After you’ve been married for almost 29 years, you would think that Valentine’s Day isn’t really special. We’re supposed to say “every day is special” and platitudes like that, but the truth is some are more special than others. This particular Valentine’s Day is more special than some in the past because…

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Beer Cheese Sauce

sauce beer cheese

An impromptu recipe for a cold night.  1/2 stick butter 1/2 onion chopped  1/4 cup flour  1 cup chicken stock- give or take  6 oz beer – we used Brewery 85 – local pale ale  Salt/ pepper to taste  8 oz. very sharp cheddar grated  Directions:  Sautée the onion in the butter until translucent. Whisk…

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Poutine Y’all- Sunday Supper in the South

Sunday Supper Poutine Y’all– South of the Border style  Today is National Sunday Supper day, sponsored by Idaho® Potatoes, they’ve tossed out the hot topic of poutine typically a Canadian dish of French fries covered in cheese curds and gravy. Well, we don’t have cheese curds in the South, and I wanted to add some…

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Sunday Supper, January 3rd, Use Leftover Rice from January 1st

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The top answer to What’s the best Sunday Supper menu? “One that uses or produces leftovers.” Since tonight’s meal followed a traditional meal on January 1st consisting of black-eyed peas, rice or Hoppin’ John and collards or greens, I thought of making dessert with the leftover rice. We usually make a large pot of rice…

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Pimento Cheese & Mickey Mouse

Amy & Mickey Mouse

We traveled to visit family in Ohio this Thanksgiving and started a new friendship that I hope will last. My cousins used to vacation with us at the beach when they were the age that their children are now. We miss that. With the distance between families and activities and lives, we just have not…

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Pumpkin Roll with Caramel Frosting for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Roll It started with birthday treats for my son’s senior high class meeting a couple of weeks back. I was making pumpkin bread for the church bazaar and had some left over batter so I made pumpkin mini cupcakes.                   The very next evening my son was…

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Fluffy Cheesecake

Way back when in Culinary School I worked at the French hotel chain Le Meridien in New Orleans. It was owned and operated by the French.  As I’m sure you’ve heard, everything in France is better. In the case of cheesecakes, I would have to agree.  As party of our duties in the pastry shop,…

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Boston Cream Pie ala Jim Dodge

I have 2 pet peeves when it comes to recipes: ones that don’t use enough vanilla beans and ones that don’t deliver – I don’t mean pizza. I think most every recipe that includes vanilla extract can be enhanced by a vanilla bean and some that don’t even call for vanilla. For example, I’ve been…

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Strawberry Banana Mini Cake for Nene

My friend is called “Nene” by her beloved grandchildren. She is the wonderfully talented woman who centers us and leads us on our spiritual journey through icon writing. This term of endearment fits her so well. In order to show her appreciation, I created this birthday cake in a mini paper tube pan from Simply…

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Olive Oil Lemon Cake with a Twist

If you haven’t figured out by now, the surprise is that this cake is Gluten Free.  Now don’t get all excited, because remember, Glory is all about the gluten, however, this time, it just is not there naturally. This is an adapted recipe from one of our favorites we served at the restaurant. Rich olive…

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Win-Win Waffles

Win-Win Waffles Why? YOU don’t have to take 5 football playing teens and their dates to the Waffle House and pay for their meal: Win. THEY don’t have to be seen in public with you: Win. Last night was our son’s High School Prom. All of the kids at his table went out after the…

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Good Friday = Hot Cross Buns

A Good Friday offering and brief history of the Hot Cross Bun.

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Comfort Food

  My husband commented that only I would find Dacquoise a comfort food. Comfort Food While reading a blog recently a logo caught my eye, it promoted “Cook the Book.” Upon further investigation of Cook the Books Club  I found that the premise was for bloggers to read a prescribed book about food, food memories,…

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Sweet as Pi(e) Day

Sweet as Pi(e) Day Pi or Pie Day, either way you look at it, it’s sweet, right? Well it doesn’t have to be, and who says it has to be round; unless you’re calculating area or volume of a column, cone, or sphere or just a plain circle. What other pies are there out there?…

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Bacon, maple syrup and biscuits and an announcement

Bacon, maple syrup and biscuits and an announcement Sometimes you just want to put together something simply for the benefit of your family’s taste buds, forget the presentation, the baseness, and the calories. This morning I thought I would slap out a batch of biscuits, and then I thought muffins would be more special, when…

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Carrot Cake – another recipe from the black box

What are your deciding factors when making a recipe?  Did it look good on someone else’s Facebook page?  Did you have it at bookclub/supper club/THE club and couldn’t stop thinking about it? Are you trying to impress the neighbors, the boss, your husband or no one?  Sometimes you just pull one out of the old…

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Gluten Glory in the news

Are you wondering what to do for your at-home Valentine’s Dinner with your sweetheart? My hubby and I were recently interviewed by Lifestyle columnist Stephanie Burnett on just this subject. Here’s the feature.  (I’m blushing like the bubbly.)  

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Pate Choux Recipe – traditional

Many people have asked me about the croquembouche, but it begins with this french classic.  This is a very versatile culinary base. Just add a little grated Gruyere cheese to the batter and pipe dime-sized dots and you have wine biscuits. Pipe flavored pastry cream into the baked puffs and you have cream puffs. Slice…

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New Year, new challenges 

Here in the South we don’t get the beautiful fluffy white stuff very often. So, this the first week of the New Year brought our first winter storm. The major challenge that we faced was that this is  our first winter in our new house, on our new property and it’s like breaking in a…

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Something to cry about 

Today as I walked through the churchyard, two things caught my attention: a beaten up metal ironing board twisted and discarded near a freshly covered burial site and a white beaten up, rusted pickup truck slowly driving down the church road towards me. I moved over to let it pass, the driver kept motioning for…

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One month ago… 

We have officially been in the new house for one month. Farm life if you can call it that because we have yet to purchase any live stock, is very different from what we’re used to. For one thing, you have to get to work right away when you wake up. There’s no sipping coffee…

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New Saturday routine 

Saturday’s are going to look a lot different for us now that we have a little property to tend to. Today started out with almost 2 hours of watering and trying up the yard, which my son declared was ” not ready for a party.” At any rate, I trudged on and decorated the porch….

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Table for two…

As I was preparing dinner, I looked out my kitchen window to see a bright, lemon yellow male Anerican Goldfinch dining on  my newly setup kitchen feeder. It has the hummingbird feeder on the top, but to my delight the goldfinches love the sunflower seed. Who would have thought? When I went out the back…

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