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Home Bakers…This Is For You!

Phyllis Inspiration, Lifestyle 5 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 …

New Year, Lots of New Magazines!

Phyllis Inspiration 20 Comments

Can you believe it is another New Year? It seems like we just started 2018. We have so many wonderful things going on here at Hoffman Media. Did you know we now own the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo? And the Martha Pullen Company? We are so excited about these wonderful additions to our company. More to come on that! …

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The Most Controversial Christmas Dessert: Fruitcake

Phyllis Lifestyle 21 Comments

OK, let’s talk about the one thing that gets the most criticism during the holidays—fruitcake! Just the mention of it makes some people crazy, and others hear it and can’t wait! And I just wonder how many recipes are out there for this trivial treat.   My most favorite fruitcake of all is an Icebox Fruitcake my Grandmother Norton made …

2018 Chefs to Watch

Chefs to Watch Recap (Plus a Divine Dessert Recipe)

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I believe there is immense value in supporting homegrown talent. People with extraordinary gifts are the driving force behind an area’s culture, heritage, and future direction. That is why Louisiana Cookin’s annual Chefs to Watch is such special event! Chefs to Watch is a way to acknowledge the up-and-coming chefs in the Bayou State. And since 2002, we have seen …

teatime table setting

A Timeless Tradition

Phyllis Lifestyle 12 Comments

Taking afternoon tea simply never goes out of style. There is just something extra special about celebrating a moment with a tradition that has stood the true test of time. Yes, the custom originated in Europe, but this drink has ties around the world. And that is exactly what our new book Tea Parties Around the World by the editors …

Cream Cheese-Filled Red Velvet Pound Cake

The Ultimate Pound Cake

Phyllis Lifestyle 27 Comments

When given a choice, my family will always opt for a hot pound cake right out of the oven. A few years ago, I shared one of my favorite pound cake recipes with you— Jo’s Whipping Cream Pound Cake. Pound cakes have always been popular and are always at the heart of a recipe collection. They are easy for both the …

Paula Deen Cookbook

Prepare the Best Family Meals with the Queen of Southern Cooking

Phyllis Lifestyle 6 Comments

“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 …

Fire Up Your Grill for Labor Day

Fire Up Your Grill for Labor Day

Phyllis Lifestyle 14 Comments

For me, Labor Day signals the start of fall. Now I know the official date for the first day of fall is not Labor Day, but here in the South, Labor Day has always been the day all things change. Yes, I am talking real change. First of all, no self-respecting Southern girl would ever wear her white shoes after …

Pumpkin Spice Biscotti - Southern Lady Biscotti

Pumpkin Spice Biscotti

Phyllis Lifestyle 2 Comments

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 …