Chocolate Peanut Butter Soft Serve Frozen Dessert

Believe it or not, I am hesitant to call this decadent bowl of delicious dessert chocolate ice cream. It looks like chocolate ice cream, scoops like chocolate ice cream, is cold and creamy like chocolate ice cream, even tastes *a LOT* like chocolate ice cream, but there’s nary a drop of cream. There are no …

Mama, Faith, and her Classic Poundcake

Mama, it’s a word that is veritably primal, one of the very first words tiny human baby mouths and brains can conjure. I am a Mama’s girl through and through. Anyone that speaks to me more than a couple of paragraphs essentially knows I love my Mama. She and I have always been very good …

Cornmeal Cake with Strawberries and Vanilla Cream

Cornmeal Cake is somewhere between a cobbler and cake. Unlike a cobbler, the fruit is served on the side. And, unlike most cakes, the batter is quickly assembled in a bowl without a mixer or worrying about creaming the butter and sugar, adding the ingredients in thirds, or folding in egg whites. It’s a sweet …

Steel Magnolias Armadillo Butt Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago cohosted the Sunday afternoon matinee of Steel Magnolias! (I also shared a recipe for a shrub I call “The Shelby.”)  I loved that movie! Who doesn’t love that movie! It’s all just fun. Plus Dolly Parton. And, y’all know I love Dolly Parton. One of the scenes that have become …

Stress Baking: Button Shortbread

My first baking experience was making biscuits with my grandmother, standing on a chair all of three years old. Before the home was air-conditioned an oscillating fan constantly hummed, providing a soothing base track that was enhanced with the sizzling sounds of chicken frying, the tinny rattle of steam escaping a pot, or the whirl …

Valentine’s Day Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pastry Flowers

Valentine’s Day often means bouquets of beautiful flowers and luscious boxes of chocolate. What about combining the two?! With a store-bought pie crust, you can easily make these simple and beautiful pasty flowers filled with rich, dark chocolate and topped with sweet raspberry jelly for Valentine’s Day. Folks will think you went to a fancy …

Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle

My mother has a large square of rose-colored marble for making such as brittle and butterscotch on her kitchen counter. Most likely Etowah marble from North Georgia, it has been in the family for years and originally belonged to my great-great-grandmother, Victoria Virginia Wingate. The sheen of the marble is a dull from age – …

Danish Butter Cookies

Every year of my childhood, without fail, one or more of those iconic tins of butter cookies would appear at my grandparents’ home during the holidays. Those very tins, now a bit worn for wear, still float about our lives, having been re-purposed as button tins, thread containers, and receptacles for various nails and screws …

Holiday Cookies

Cookies are synonymous with the holidays. There are cookies for Santa, cookie swaps at school or work, cookies and cider after church on Sunday, and even the familiar store-bought blue tins of butter cookies. How wonderful is it to receive a tin of homemade baked goods in the mail or for a kind neighbor to …

APPLE RECIPES! Slab Apple Pie with a Cheddar Crust, Oat Pecan Apple Crisp, & Pork with Apples

Even though peaches are considered the quintessential Southern fruit, the phrase “as American as apple pie” applies to the South, too. Every weekend during the fall across the South friends and families pile into cars and head to the mountains of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia to pick apples. With the leaves …