Making the Perfect Chili

The perfect chili will depend on your own person preferences…beans, not beans…beef of chicken…plain or served as chili dogs… burgers topped with chili… (usually without beans)….chili fries…chili mac…or Frito pie and flavored to perfection…(more on this later)… As we all probably know by now, especially if you live in Texas, chili is a type of spicyContinue reading “Making the Perfect Chili”

Making the Perfect Cobbler

The perfect cobber is perfectly juicy, and sweet and has a perfectly crisp and tender top crust….served with a huge scoop of the perfect…(Blue Bell, perhaps)…vanilla ice cream…served straight out of the oven. But perhaps the best thing about cobbler is that it’s just so darn easy to make. Not only that, you can use whatever fruitContinue reading “Making the Perfect Cobbler”

Soup’s On

Now that the Christmas ornaments are all being taken off the tree and the lights are…or not…being taken off the house…it’s time to get back to the real world. And the real-world responsibility of having to plan and prepare decent meals for our families almost every night of the week. Having these nightly meals requiresContinue reading “Soup’s On”

Books, Books, Books Galore

As far as your friends and family that absolutely can’t put a book down and would much rather be holding a leather bound book than a brand new cell phone or Ipad, here are some great sources for book suggestions as to which book to buy for what person… Blogs can be excellent sources ofContinue reading “Books, Books, Books Galore”

Creative Gifts for Creative Minds

We all have creative people in our lives—those “avid do-it-yourselfers who love the challenge of changing “cheap:” dollar store and thrift shop finds into brilliant pieces of art—the wanna be Joanna Gaines… So what are non-creative people like me supposed to get a creative idea as to what to get these people when we can’tContinue reading “Creative Gifts for Creative Minds”

Holiday Baking-Gingerbread

Hard to believe that National Gingerbread Day is celebrated in June instead of December, but since today is National Gingerbread Day, I thought that this would be a great day to re-publish this previous post about Torunskie pierniki. Torun, Poland…a medieval city on the banks of the Vistula River, and one of the few citiesContinue reading “Holiday Baking-Gingerbread”

Holiday Baking—Candy

Before the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s making candy was only done at home during the holidays or by professional candy makers in small specialized shops. Candy was very expensive and considered quite a luxury. During and after the Industrial Revolution, candy became affordable and more readily available. Competition became fierce, and large advertisingContinue reading “Holiday Baking—Candy”

Holiday Desserts—Cakes

When I was growing up, my Mom made wedding cakes for almost every wedding in Notth Mississippi…our house constantly smelled like powdered sugar…the whirr of a KitchenAid mixer could be heard constantly…and there were always cake….My Dad and I used to race for the layer of cake that she levelled off the top of theContinue reading “Holiday Desserts—Cakes”

16 Cooking Tips Just in Time for the Ucoming Holiday Baking Season

This time of year brings out the baker in me. The illsbury doughboy and I have an annual affair that ends at the same time that the Christmas tree is taken down. Over our rhitty year relatinoshi, here are a few things that he has taught about baking a cake. Get an oven thermometer…It isContinue reading “16 Cooking Tips Just in Time for the Ucoming Holiday Baking Season”

“Me Time”—The How

If you’re lucky, your weekends are designated “me time.” Those are the days you get to unwind from work and delve into hobbies, passions, or side projects that take us out of the daily grind and let us flex our interests and creativity. But, you know, sometimes life gets in the way. You were supposedContinue reading ““Me Time”—The How”