Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

This recipe says bread, but in reality, it is more like a cake. But, we love it, especially for breakfast and snacks. It is light, fruity, and the poppy seeds give a refreshing crunch to the texture. Also, this bread is a great way to use up the zucchini that are probably coming out of…

Creamy Cheesy Chicken Soup

I’ve got a few sick kids today, and since I had some chicken breasts in the fridge, I thought chicken soup would be in order. I was hoping for something different so I adapted a couple of recipes, mixed them all together and come up with this concoction. Everyone loved it. 2 large bone-in chicken…

Garden Goodness–Bell Peppers–Fajitas

The garden is really beginning to produce these days. I picked a full five gallon bucket off green beans the other day, and my wonderful friends helped me break them as we sat and visited after lunch on Tuesday. It was great fun. I love creating recipes that use some of the garden produce. While…

Basic Bread Baking

I don’t make all our family’s bread from scratch. I just don’t have time. However, it isn’t something that I do constantly. Additionally, when it comes to freshly baked bread I have zero willpower, so I would probably weigh about 500 pounds if I baked bread all of the time. Today, though, is a bread…

Egg Overload! Angel Food Cake

Even though it’s been very cold here, my hens have been laying incredibly well. I think it’s most likely because we finally installed electricity in the barn and I set up a light on a timer out there. You see, a hen naturally goes dormant in the winter with regard to her egg laying. When…

Blackberry Muffins

This week, I used the blackberries to bake blackberry muffins for breakfast. While our family is not huge on breads, other than biscuits, these muffins were a huge hit. They are moist, tender, and fruity. They remind me, on chilly winter mornings, that the sun will shine again; we will be able to get out in our bare feet on hot days and fill our bellies with sweet, tangy blackberries.

Scrumptious Biscuits Recipe

I’ve brought biscuits to several parties for the holidays and I’ve had many requests for the recipe.  However, biscuits are more than just a recipe. It’s more of a technique. Techniques can’t be written down in step by step form.  I can advise you on how to get great biscuits, but don’t be discouraged if…

Roasted Red Peppers

Despite the cool temperatures of fall, my Corno di Toro peppers are still bearing beautifully. They are beginning to turn a lovely red. I made a batch of roasted red peppers. They will taste so good in soups and veggies this winter! What you need: I had about a dozen large peppers, washed and dried….

Soup for Supper: Potato Soup Recipe

The kids have had colds this week, so they begged for soup tonight. One of my favorite, easiest soups to make is potato soup. This soup is easy, rich, creamy and soothing. And it’s quickly made from stuff that I almost always have on hand.   Potato Soup 6-7 medium potatoes, sliced into 1/2 inch…

Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler made with home-canned peaches is absolutely divine. My mother made this recipe, and I suspect that Southern cooks have used this same recipe for generations. It is yummy by itself and it is even tastier when topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I’ve tweaked mama’s recipe a bit to make the…

Dill Pickles

At my house, nobody likes fresh cucumbers. However, my family is crazy about dill pickles. Apparently, I make really good dill pickles. Oddly, I personally don’t care a bit for pickles of any kind. But I do love to feed my family and it’s much cheaper to grow my own cucumbers and make pickles for…