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Fig Pepper Jelly

Fig Pepper Jelly

Summer Figs Fig season is coming to a close here in southeast Arkansas, but there’s still time for Fig Pepper Jelly making. This summer fruit is my favorite and I was happy to eat some from our very own fig tree this year. Just a […]

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 to the Lafayette store […]

The Scoop On Cold Brew Coffee

The Scoop On Cold Brew Coffee

Just a few months ago I had my first experience of sipping a cold brew coffee. While visiting CC’s Coffee House in Monroe I noticed a boxed contraption on the shelf. After asking the friendly lady behind the counter what it was she said, “It’s […]

Chicken Salad With Green Peas

Chicken Salad With Green Peas

I am so glad that chicken salad has moved on to being more than a spread between two slices of bread. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a good chicken salad sandwich now and then. It’s a good use of leftover chicken at our […]

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 […]

Avocado Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Avocado Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Summer has suddenly come upon us and this Avocado Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing is a good way to keep things cool. Along with warmer days comes the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables that are certainly a help in the kitchen. They add to […]

Instant Pot Rolled Round Steak

Instant Pot Rolled Round Steak

Today we are plugging in the Instant Pot to transform a lean, round steak into a juicy, tender piece of meat. The stuffed rolled steak cooks for only 35 minutes with not a lot of prep time, but the meat and delicious gravy tastes like […]

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 […]

Chicken Fricassee With Dumplings, A Rustic Stew

Chicken Fricassee With Dumplings, A Rustic Stew

This chicken fricassee with it’s fancy name and rustic look has simple ingredients to satisfy any comfort food craving. Like most classic Cajun dishes a fricassee (pronounced free-kah-say) begins with, you guessed it, a roux. The roux gives the slow cooked chicken a rich, thick […]

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. This citrusy fruit dish gives a light lift to any meal. It is a long-standing family favorite that comes from the knack Mama has of concocting recipes off the top of her […]