Chocolate pie and trifle

Two Chocolate Desserts That Kids and Adults Will Love

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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

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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

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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 …

Paula Deen Cookbook

Prepare the Best Family Meals with the Queen of Southern Cooking

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“Come one, come all, y’all!” as my good friend Paula Deen would say. Gathering around the dinner table for home-cooked family meals is one of the best things about our Southern lifestyle, and she shows us once again how to do it deliciously in her latest cookbook, At the Southern Table with Paula Deen, which will be available for early release …

Pumpkin Spice Biscotti - Southern Lady Biscotti

Pumpkin Spice Biscotti

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Autumn is almost here, which also means its almost time for all things pumpkin spice. I love, and I mean LOVE, all things pumpkin spice! It has been a favorite flavor of mine for years and I still wonder why I cant get it all year long. Actually, last year I wrote a whole blog post on the subject, and …

Southern Barbecue & Grilling Cookbook

Introducing the Southern Barbecue & Grilling Cookbook

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Barbecue may not have been invented in the American South, but Southerners have certainly worked hard to perfect it. In Daniel Schumacher’s cookbook, Southern Barbecue & Grilling, you will find more than 125 recipes, including all of the fixin’s, desserts, and tools to get the job done. Whether charcoal, gas, or wood burning, fire up the grill, gather the family, and get ready …

Reuben Strudels for St. Patrick’s Day

Reuben Strudels for St. Patrick’s Day

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Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day; this holiday always seems to sneak up on me. I’m not a huge fan of St. Patrick’s Day for two reasons: I always forget to wear green, and then I’m always being pinched because of that mistake. So, when the day comes, I get out of my car only to see the long succession of …

Traditional Galette Des Rois - Bake from Scratch

Traditional Galette Des Rois

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I must confess that I had never heard of a galette des rois until Daniel Schumacher, editor of Louisiana Cooking, arrived with one at my office. When I opened that bakery box and saw the puff pastry, I knew this was going to be good. And it wasn’t just good, it was amazing. The cream cheese filing just put the …