The creaming method is the one we most often undertake when making baked goods. The other method brothers and sisters are biscuit and muffin. How much do we really understand what we’re doing and how to do it right so that our cakes and cookies turn out right? The typical recipe calls for creaming fat […]
Okay, it was Christmas, and my dad showed up at my door for our first big holiday without mom – what was the point in making the journey to his house where the trappings and decorations of the holidays aren’t? I had the tree, the fireplace, the food, the gifts–he had nothing. When he arrived, […]
Most people I know are divided when it comes to shortbread. They either love it, or hate it. I’m in between. I don’t care much for shortbread but I do love this version of pecan shortbread, covered in powdered sugar and served at my family’s holiday table. I don’t know where the name came from, […]
This is another standby cookie recipe that comes from my mother’s box. It came from the back of a bag of M&M’s baking bits, which are included in the original recipe, but I don’t like those very much. I prefer regular semi-sweet chocolate chips. Coworkers beat my door down for these cookies. The recipe calls […]
One of my most outstanding memories of them involves my mother running after the motorcoach bus with her burnt orange Tupperware ™ container-circa 1995-as she’d forgotten to pack them in my luggage for a week-long trip through the mountains of North Carolina with a school group.
Fall fell. Then, it warmed up. Then it fell again. In the south lately, we’ve been missing the distinction between seasons. After a week of high 50’s, we’re back into the high 70s and all the pumpkins are out and the cider is appearing in stores alongside the last of the summer corn. In general, […]