fall brunch

September Happenings

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Well, finally September is here, and I can officially put out all my harvest and pumpkin items. The thrill of autumn never gets old. I can just look at a pumpkin and smell the cinnamon and nutmeg that permeates when I bake a pumpkin pie! The leaves are beginning to turn here in Alabama, and for that, I am grateful. …

Cream Cheese-Filled Red Velvet Pound Cake

The Ultimate Pound Cake

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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 …

Pecan Praline Rounds

Peee-can or Pe-cahn?

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The age-old Southern debate continues! I have always said pe-cahn. That’s the way my family pronounces it and has pronounced it for generations. So I think I am right! When we started publishing Cooking with Paula Deen, Paula told me that her family pronounces it correctly, just like other families do in Georgia: peee-can. Which is it for you? Actually, …

Garden Harvest

Welcome Fall with Garden Harvesting

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Have I told you about the garden we had? A couple of years ago, we decided to start growing vegetables right outside our kitchen. This time of the year during the fall harvest is the perfect time to try your hand at gardening and see if you have that green thumb. For our garden, we transformed a flower bed that’s …

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 …

Apple Galette

How to Create an Apple Galette Perfect for Fall

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I happened into the test kitchen here at Hoffman Media and watched one of our creative chefs make this amazing pastry dish with fresh apples. Now let me say, I had tried this before with no success, but she gave me the greatest tip for a guaranteed success. “Galette” is a term used in French cuisine to designate various types …

Skillet Desserts

Skillet Desserts: Southern-Style Treats from Taste of the South

Phyllis Blog Spotlight 12 Comments

Growing up, when Mom would pull out the iron skillet, we all knew there was a treat in the making! She had two sizes of skillets, a small one for the cornbread and the large one for everything else. When she put the large skillet on the cabinet, we all secretly hoped she was going to make Pineapple Upside Down …

My Favorite Pecan Pie Recipe — With a Twist

Phyllis Lifestyle, Video 32 Comments

Mrs. Stewart was a sweet little lady in Mississippi who had this amazing pecan pie recipe. She would not share her recipe with anyone, including her family. Well after tasting this delicious creation, I wanted the recipe very badly. I begged—yes begged—and much to my disappointment she told me that she doesn’t share this recipe. As our visit ended, she …