No-Bake Desserts


Just as I was opening the windows to allow the cool sunset breeze to blow in, my Mom called to tell me it was the 26th day of temperatures reaching over 100 degrees in Dallas.  I feel for everyone experiencing the extreme heat right now, I truly do.  I ran into some people visiting from [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Southern Sweet Tea Granita


Ahh, sweet tea. It might just be the only thing you know about the South. Well, maybe you’ve heard we make great fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, and maybe you’re even smart enough to know what CFS stands for. But sweet tea is the real thing we’re famous for. It’s the house wine of the South. [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Frozen Lemon Mousse


When left to my own devices,  I default to my perfect 1 person dinner plan:  I put a 1/2 cup of dry beans in a bowl of water to soak til suppertime.  I truly adore beans and legumes more than most other foods.  I do a quick peek to see if I have a bottle of [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Mini Peach Pies


As the person in your life who loves to miniaturize your favorite desserts, I should have made these mini pies in muffin cups for y’all sooner.  I apologize for that. This is my new favorite way to eat pie because it cooks in half the time of a regular pie.  There’s plenty of room to [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Grilled peaches with Frangelico sauce.

Most of the time, our first venture into cooking involves following a recipe.  Sometimes it’s our mother’s recipe, sometimes it’s from a cookbook, or other times we’re simply reading the back of a box. I remember the first recipe that called me into the kitchen.  It was a recipe for minestrone soup.  It called for almost [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Hibiscus Sangria

Hibiscus Sangria

When I moved to California, I learned 3 things very quickly: 1)   A whole, steamed artichoke is a complete dinner.  Be sure to dip each leaf in mustard butter between sips of white wine for the full the experience.  My best friend Esther taught me this on day 5 of living in California.  Someday, I’ll share the story about [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Perfect Blondies


How is it possible that I have never tasted a blondie in my entire life until recently?  I’m starting to wonder if it’s because blondies are illegal in Texas.  I have a hankering that Texans might feel that blondies are inferior versions of brownies without chocolate.  Do I have to tell you that Texans don’t stand [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Cheesecake Popsicles


I’m a little envious of everyone who will be making festive red, white, and blue desserts this weekend.  I really wish I could get whipped cream all over my fingers while carefully arranging strawberries, blueberries and raspberries on a cake to resemble an American flag.  My 4th of July dessert will not contain such cuteness. [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Cherry Pie Milkshake


Let’s face it:  a milkshake is just a way to eat double the amount of ice cream in half the time.  And I’m okay with that.  Now that it’s summer (also known as the time of year I try to avoid using my propane oven as much as possible—life in the country ain’t so grand), we [ Click to continue Reading! ]

Better Than Sex Cake


No, I did not name this recipe.  It’s an old Southern recipe that consists of moist yellow cake soaked in pineapple syrup, topped with whipped cream and coconut.  I updated the recipe to include rum, and I used coconut oil because I think the extra coconut flavor makes this better than better than sex cake.  If you’re [ Click to continue Reading! ]