Making the Perfect Stuffed Bell Peppers

The perfect stuffed bell peppers are filled with the perfect mixture of the perfect ingredients—such as ground beef, tomato sauce and rice— and then topped with just the right amount of cheese and baked to perfection. A classic dish. Bell peppers are a comfort food at its finest…even though if you’re like me, you absolutelyContinue reading “Making the Perfect Stuffed Bell Peppers”

Don’t Be a Dumbo About Making Gumbo

If I were to talk about both choosing the perfect ingredients for your gumbo and using the perfect method, this would be an extremely long post. Instead we’re gonna talk about the perfect ingredientsw…and talk about method in the next. Making the perfect gumbo is about like decorating a Christmas tree. There are an umpteenContinue reading “Don’t Be a Dumbo About Making Gumbo”

The Cajun Holy Trinity

Usually when I think about  bell \peppers, the first thing that  comes to mind is stuffed bell peppers. However, the most common use of bell peppers is the almost daily use of “The holy trinity,”…used just about in every recipe…such as Cajun foods and Creole foods like etouffee, gumbo, dirty rice, red beans and ricer,Continue reading “The Cajun Holy Trinity”

Making the Perfect Raspberry Baked Oatmeal

The perfect raspberry baked oatmeal is warm, cozy and comforting…has a refreshingly sweet tart flavor…and is super easy to make…the perfect combination of almonds, lemon flavoring, vanilla, and berries with an absolutely heavenly smell. Eating baked raspberry oatmeal is almost like eating dessert for breakfast…but this dish is actually a great source of vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, zinc,Continue reading “Making the Perfect Raspberry Baked Oatmeal”

Making the Perfect Raspberry Muffins

 You would have think that a blog with the name “Muffins and Magnolias” would be sharing muffin recipe, after muffin recipe, after muffin recipe…but I personally think that that would be boring both for me, the writer, and you, the reader…right?! But every now and then I do plan on sharing a muffin recipe…and todayContinue reading “Making the Perfect Raspberry Muffins”

Skin and Tonic

Essential oils have been used in beauty rituals way back in “ancient times” and are still found in many skincare products…for everything from dry skin to the signs of aging…especially as  alternatives to skincare products that contain processed ingredients, harsh chemicals, and lots of other ingredients that any normal person has trouble pronouncing, much lessContinue reading “Skin and Tonic”

Making the Perfect Pancakes

A towering stack of freshly made pancakes have been a classic breakfast treat for generations…not only for breakfast, one of our family’s favorite meals for dinner is breakfast. Pancakes are also relatively cheap to make…consisting of ingredients that most of us keep stocked anyway—such as flour, eggs, milk, and butter. The perfect pancakes are light andContinue reading “Making the Perfect Pancakes”

Making the Perfect Baked Cod

Ever since my husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I have tried not only to add antioxidants to our diet, but also choose foods that supposedly are diabetic-friendly. The perfect baked cod is has a mild taste and is smothered with with the perfect amounts of butter and lemon juice,     *********** Ingredients ¼C meltedContinue reading “Making the Perfect Baked Cod”

Making the Perfect Fried Catfish

I grew up two hours from the town of Belzoni, Mississippi…the “Catfish Capital of the World” and spent so much time both fishing for and eating catfish.   So trust me, fried catfish was a frequent meal at our house…(as well as all sorts of “critters” that you can’t find in your local grocery store) IfContinue reading “Making the Perfect Fried Catfish”

Making the Perfect Eggplant Parmesan

The perfect Eggplant Parmesan boasts of perfectly cooked eggplant slices perfectly layered with the perfect amounts of mozzarella, Parmesan, basil, and tomato sauce….the ultimate comfort food of Italian cuisine…wonderfully cheesy and tomato-y without weighing you down with too much water or oil.     *********** Ingredients 2 large eggplants 1tsp salt 1/4C olive oil 1tsp minced garlicContinue reading “Making the Perfect Eggplant Parmesan”