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Gateau Frais Cupcakes, Or Fresh Cake Cupcakes

Gateau Frais Cupcakes, Or Fresh Cake Cupcakes

If you ever pass by a Rouse’s Supermarket, do yourself a favor and stop in for their Gentilly cake or cupcakes. A real treat! Here is a glary picture of some of their lovely creations. I dropped in for a visit at the Lafayette store […]

Blackberry Dumplings, The Prize of the Hunt

Blackberry Dumplings, The Prize of the Hunt

Picking blackberries was always worth the effort when Mama promised a pot of her blackberry dumplings. It was the bait that got us running out of the door with bucket in hand. Walking along the canal levees hunting for the red and black berry-thickets was […]

Easy Lemon Curd For A Mother’s Day Queen Cake

Easy Lemon Curd For A Mother’s Day Queen Cake

  Mother’s Day calls for a special tribute to Mamas. Why not celebrate with a Queen Cake and it’s layered filling of cream and lemon curd. Recently, I found this appropriately named royal tower on Louisiana Cookin’ magazine’s website (http://louisianacookin.com/queen-cake/). I remembered reading this Mother’s […]

Tropical Fruit Salad, A Mama’s Invention

Tropical Fruit Salad, A Mama’s Invention

This tropical fruit salad is so typical of my mama’s delectable kitchen inventions. The citrusy fruit dish gives a light lift to any meal and is a long standing family favorite that comes from the knack Mama has of concocting recipes off of the top […]

Pecan Pie Plaisir, LikeThe Piccadilly Pecan Delight Pie

Pecan Pie Plaisir, LikeThe Piccadilly Pecan Delight Pie

It was easy to get up early on those Saturday mornings when Mama and Ma Ma were taking us shopping in Lafayette, especially if we were going to eat at The Piccadilly Cafeteria. The food was so appetizing. It was hard to say no to those […]

Two Days of Tea Cakes: Day 2, ‘Tit Gateau Sec (Little Dry Cake)

Two Days of Tea Cakes: Day 2, ‘Tit Gateau Sec (Little Dry Cake)

When discussing my mother-in-law’s tea cake recipe with my mama, she told me of tea cakes they used to make using a sweet pie dough recipe. I so enjoy a good tart made with sweet pie dough! All they did was take the left over […]

Two Days of Tea Cakes: Day 1, Mama’s Tea Cakes

Two Days of Tea Cakes: Day 1, Mama’s Tea Cakes

A friend recently asked if I had a Teacake recipe and I told her, “No, but my mother-in-law does!” These flat, dense, large cookies made with flour, sugar, butter, milk, eggs and flavoring quickly becomes a frequent request from those my mother-in-law, Clarice Hartshorn (I […]

Noelie’s Pecan Pralines

Noelie’s Pecan Pralines

“Uh-huh, tell me what the weather is like,” is what Mama asked over the phone when I told her I was making pralines for a Christmas party that night. At first I thought she was changing  the subject rather quickly then while I was describing […]

“Da” Donut Touch

“Da” Donut Touch

I didn’t know my great-grandma, Grandma George, who was called after her husband’s first name. That’s how the married women used to be referred to in south Louisiana, by their husband’s first names. My daddy’s mama was “Madame Bill” and my mama “Madame Bill, Jr.” […]

Oatmeal Cookies With Dried Figs

Oatmeal Cookies With Dried Figs

Dehydrating fruit is something I just started doing. I’m such an amateur, but I wanted to share how easy it is and what I’ve learned so far. The drying process is used to preserve food by removing most of the moisture in order to stop bacteria […]