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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 the big city of Lafayette. Especially if we were going to eat at The Piccadilly Cafeteria. The food was so appetizing. It was hard […]

‘Tit Gateau Sec (Little Dry Cake) Tea Cakes

‘Tit Gateau Sec (Little Dry Cake) Tea Cakes

One day I was describing my mother-in-law’s tea cakes made with Steen’s syrup to my mama. She told me of tea cakes they used to make using left over dough after making sweet dough tarts. All they did was roll the dough out, cut it […]

Mama’s Tea Cakes

Mama’s Tea Cakes

A friend recently asked if I had a recipe for Tea Cakes 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 […]

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 the […]

Croquesignoles Or French Donuts

Croquesignoles Or French Donuts

Grandma George’s Croquesignoles (French Donuts) 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 […]

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 […]

Fig Tart Cookies

Fig Tart Cookies

My Great-Aunt Mary Lou made the best fruit tarts. My favorite, of course, was her fig. She was my grandfather’s sister and he would take me to visit her in her home just up the road. It was the same house where they both grew […]

Fig Cake

Fig Cake

I started making fig cakes when I had an oversupply of preserves in my pantry. The jewel filled jars of figs came mostly from visits with Mama. It seems we couldn’t leave empty handed. Then I remembered a spicy, moist cake from my childhood.  

Ma Ma’s Fresh Apple Cake

Ma Ma’s Fresh Apple Cake

  This moist apple cake of sweet fresh apples and warm cinnamon is my grandmother’s signature dessert. It’s quickly associated with her just by it’s appearance at family gatherings. We all remember enjoying a piece after Sunday dinners or with a cup of coffee during […]