King Cake (on the lighter side)

Here’s a lighter (and easier) King Cake. The dough is made with coconut oil and almond milk. The filling is the highlight of this delicious cake to celebrate Mardi Gras. . . . → Read More: King Cake (on the lighter side)

Boeuf Bourginon for Cook the Books

Boeuf Bourginon has become a traditional holiday meal for us. I served it on Thanksgiving this year and am also using the recipe for my Cook the Books post for Oct/Nov. . . . → Read More: Boeuf Bourginon for Cook the Books

Breakfast Bread Pudding

I love me some bread pudding, yet I never make it.    You can be assured that if it is on the menu when we dine out, I will order it.    Chocolate bread pudding, pumpkin bread pudding, traditional Southern bread pudding with whiskey sauce.   It matters not.

When I saw this recipe in our local paper . . . → Read More: Breakfast Bread Pudding

Bread Machine Raisin Bread

There was a time  when the adults in the family still gave and received purchased gifts.   This was before we decided we had too much STUFF and as gifts began to collect dust or take up storage and attic spaces.  The presents typically were a bit pricey and extravagant as well and you can . . . → Read More: Bread Machine Raisin Bread

“Bread for the Dead” on Día de Muertos

I made Pan de Muerto for my Cooks the Books post this month. We all read Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral.” . . . → Read More: “Bread for the Dead” on Día de Muertos

Cranberry-Orange Relish with Jalapeño

It’s been a while since I have cooked a full-blown, traditional, old-fashioned Thanksgiving meal. I’m excited and am cookin’ away today! . . . → Read More: Cranberry-Orange Relish with Jalapeño

Dia de los Muertos Revisited

We actually attended a Dia de los Muertos Festival on Thursday night.    Key word here is festival—it was festive, not morbid, sad, mournful, or frightening.

We went to see some student art work on display and stayed for the music, characters, and joyfulness of the celebration.

I also found . . . → Read More: Dia de los Muertos Revisited

El Dia de los Muertos

Last year I was so moved by a fellow blogger’s post about El Dia de los Muertos that I vowed to do my own tribute to beloved family members and food memories. . . . → Read More: El Dia de los Muertos

Happy Easter with Roasted Chicken and Italian Sausage

Reminiscing about Easter parties of old, bringing home the Easter prize from school, and a recipe for Roasted Chicken with Italian Sausage . . . → Read More: Happy Easter with Roasted Chicken and Italian Sausage

King Cake(s)

Fat Tuesday is almost here! Read on for a King Cake recipe from another of my favorite Junior League Cookbooks—this one comes straight from New Orleans—and a lighter version from The Realistic Nutritionist. . . . → Read More: King Cake(s)

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

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