Chocolate Butter Cake Bars

An Easy Southern Lunch Menu for Casual Company

Phyllis Lifestyle 4 Comments

I saw a reader request for easy recipes, and I am all about a quick yet delicious meal. I loved the idea of a simple menu for when you have friends or family stopping by briefly, and you want to serve them a delightful lunch! Luckily, my friend Paula Deen was delighted to share some of her favorite recipes from …

cheese-pepper biscuits

Let’s Talk Biscuits!

Phyllis Inspiration 5 Comments

Whether or not you’re a Southerner, it’s no secret that biscuits in the South are a way of life. Born out of necessity and frugality, biscuits provided a high-calorie breakfast for those who worked a lot and did not have much to spend on meals. Now our nostalgic and familiar staples are found in nearly every Southern restaurant and home …

Inspiration for Your Days at Home!

Phyllis Inspiration 12 Comments

It feels like this is the time of year that we have the most space to reflect and pay attention to details that we normally wouldn’t. Dreary weather and less sunlight naturally beckons for more days at home, which isn’t a bad thing in my book! It’s always funny to me the “projects” we create for ourselves during these home …

birthday cake spread

Home Bakers…This Is For You!

Phyllis Inspiration, Lifestyle 6 Comments

Now, this is an announcement that I am beyond thrilled to share with all of you! Bake from Scratch magazine just unveiled their third annual cookbook! Covering both sweet and savory, Bake from Scratch: Volume Three is filled with artisan recipes for yeast bread, pies, birthday cakes, and so much more. I am particularly excited about the plethora of birthday …

Chocolate pie and trifle

Two Chocolate Desserts That Kids and Adults Will Love

Phyllis Lifestyle 8 Comments

When planning a holiday menu at my house, it is important that I have plenty of kid-friendly dishes. Especially in the dessert area. And what child doesn’t just love chocolate? Actually, what adult doesn’t love chocolate? Simply put, chocolate is a crowd-pleaser. Time and time again I’ve seen rows of nut-studded pies, spiced cakes or cookies, and cheesecakes galore. But …

The Perfect Morning Tailgate Menu

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Is anyone else on board with “tailgating from home?” With early kickoff times, many fellow football fans are opting set up a tailgate spread in the comfort of their own kitchen, and of course, inviting their friends and family to join! Don’t get me wrong, traditional tailgating is wonderful. But sometimes, the comfort of gathering in a home is a …

Pantry

My Pantry: An Organized Space

Phyllis Lifestyle 53 Comments

Nestled behind my kitchen, the central pantry contains everything I need while cooking delicious meals. The purpose of my pantry is storage of and easy access to items essential to the kitchen. The Diamond Cabinets were designed by MasterBrand with the focus on beauty and function. My pantry keeps food, dishes and china, glassware, and crystal organized and easily accessible. Some …

Phyllis Hoffman DePiano Kitchen

My Kitchen: The Heart of the Home

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My kitchen is my happy place. When Neal and I designed our home, we wanted the kitchen to be open to the family room because our family and friends always want to gather in the kitchen.  My cooktop faces the family room so I can enjoy conversations and hear the latest news when we have company. It’s great because I …

Cast-Iron Baking

Introducing Our New Cast-Iron Baking Cookbook

Phyllis Lifestyle 4 Comments

The fall season brings breezy days, beautiful leaves glowing in red and orange hues, and afternoons spent baking a special treat to enjoy with a warm cup of hot cocoa or coffee. There’s just something about a warm kitchen filled with mouthwatering aromas from cooking and baking that makes me happy. It seems autumn is the perfect time to fire …