Valentine’s Day Wacky Cake and Chocolate Covered Cherries

For those of you who like fancy chocolate covered cherries for Valentine’s Day, I’m going to show you how to make them at home. Now those would make a special gift for your valentine! I was reminded of the recipe when a Kentucky reader wanted me to share it again. Libby Frank, a Mt. Lookout reader, said her mom used to make a chocolate cake … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Wacky Cake and Chocolate Covered Cherries

Perrin’s No Fail Pie Crust and Pecan Pie

For years it was like a gray  “culinary” cloud over my head.  I called it pie crust envy. My mom was the first to try to teach me to make a flaky and tender pie crust.  “Just don’t overwork the dough, use a light hand” she told me.  At the time I read something in a cookbook that said “work the shortening into the flour … Continue reading Perrin’s No Fail Pie Crust and Pecan Pie

Olives and Oil: Bible Days Staples

Exodus 27:20 Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to keep the lamps burning continually. Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, talked about olives and olive oil.Olive Oil was considered holy and valued partly because of the amount of work that goes into harvesting enough olives to create it. It’s mentioned a … Continue reading Olives and Oil: Bible Days Staples

Christmas Blessing Mix to Make

Each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods. Today we talked about St. Nicholas – his feast day is December 5. Check out the poem about “Blessed Christmas” and the foods that are significant with the poem. It’s at the end of this message. The poem is in bold; the ingredients are not. Some history … Continue reading Christmas Blessing Mix to Make

Two Foolproof Roasts and Gift Giver’s Hot Chocolate

I was driving home on my old country road when I had to brake softly to share the right-of-way. For a flock of very slender, wild, turkeys robed in shiny black feathers. Talk about escaping the Thanksgiving dinner table…check out the photo on my site. Now we’re well into the holiday season with celebratory dinners and gifts from the kitchen to prepare. Here’s 2 recipes … Continue reading Two Foolproof Roasts and Gift Giver’s Hot Chocolate

Cyndi’s Stir Down Rolls and Do-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Thanksgiving!!

Cyndi Mitchell’s stir down yeast rollsA tender, yet substantial roll They are easy – no kneading or shaping and just the right size for a holiday dinner.  I use a sprayed small ice cream scoop to scoop the dough out. Ingredients 1 package active dry yeast 1 cup warm water, 105 -115 degrees Couple pinches sugar PLUS 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 large egg, lightly … Continue reading Cyndi’s Stir Down Rolls and Do-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Thanksgiving!!

What makes Popovers “Pop”?

Some names of food are so descriptive you can “see” them in your mind. Like angel food cake. Pecan pie.  And popovers.  Popovers are fun! They’re sturdier than they look, too. They bake all puffed up with their own importance. Some are high-hat tall. Others have billowy cloud-like tops with squatty bottoms.  It’s simple food science: a combination of milk, eggs, flour and salt creates … Continue reading What makes Popovers “Pop”?