Have a Coke

Here in Texas, Dr. Pepper reigns supreme above all other soft drinks. I suppose you could chock this up to the plant which calls Dublin, TX it’s home. However, Coca-Cola is unequivocally Southern in that it all began at a pharmacy in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia in 1886. Jacob’s Pharmacy no longer stands, but Coca-Cola is…

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Apples are to fall as Hallmark is to Christmas or chocolate-covered strawberries are to Valentine’s Day or bunnies and chicks are to Easter or… You get the idea. The two just seamlessly go hand-in-hand. For the most part, apples in fall are baked, candied, or cidered; but rarely do we think of apples as an…

Putting Vampires to Flight

Crusty slices of bread are great with Italian food. We can all agree on that. Some people even take it to another level and add cheese, but is there really and truly anything better than buttery garlic bread next to a heaping pile of spaghetti bolognese? There’s just something so ethereal about a warm, crunchy,…

Pho-Real!

I’m a little late to the Pho-train. About a decade late to be honest. Years ago, in my former life as a teacher, Summers were spent working a register at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in a strip shopping center. I was grateful for the opportunity and I’ll still eat there to this day, though I haven’t…

Here’s Lookin’ At You, Kid

Growing up as a 90s (and early aughts) kid meant alot of slow Summers passed at home with time and imagination (and maybe a sibling) as our only companions. Kids nowadays have no idea. I digress. Many a Summer was spent reading, begrudgingly doing chores, and boppin’ around the living room to music videos on…

Banana-Rama

There aren’t many desserts as distinctly Southern as Banana Pudding. It’s also interesting that such a distinctly Southern recipe heavily features an ingredient not at all native to the South. Steamships made the banana’s entry into the Southern ports of the United States a welcome possibility. The earliest Banana Pudding recipes were a take-off from…

Some Like It Hot

We aren’t afraid of heat in this house. We like spice in many dishes as a matter of fact. However, the author of the recipe of one of our most recent culinary adventures must like their food scorching. This was a new level even for me. It lit up our palates in a way I…

Grape Expectations

My great-grandmother had a grape arbor on her farm. It produced so well and so often that she often made and canned homemade grape jam. Seeing as how she made it so well and so often, one would think it was a cinch to make, no? No! I wish. I had such a pleasant, relaxing…

Sticky Subjects

One of the most recommended and best things we ate while we were in Pioneer Woman country (aka Pawhuska, Oklahoma) earlier this month was Ree’s Pecan Sticky Buns. It wasn’t just that they were light & fluffy on the inside, but they were also sweet & sticky all over. To top it off, they were…

Souper Summer

It’s over 100° here in North Texas. I love the heat, but it’s so hot (with the added 80% humidity) that even I don’t want to sit outside and read after work every day anymore. I only last about 10min before I’m sweating too much for it to be enjoyable in any way. I don’t…