Apr29

Wild Mushroom Agnolotti with Lemon Butter Sauce

I was thrilled to be selected as one of the lucky bloggers to test the new Riserva pasta’s from Buitoni.  I got a pack of the Wild Mushroom Agnolotti and I was tasked with coming up with a sauce to compliment the pasta. This is a wild mushroom pasta, and I love the combination of lemon with mushrooms, and since the filling sounds rich I thought a light sauce would compliment the filling best. However, light does not mean bland,...

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Apr27

Apple Streusel Muffins

When I have overnight guests I like to treat them to something special for breakfast. Usually that means I break out the cast iron skillet and fry some sausage, use the drippings for sausage gravy that is poured over buttermilk biscuits and served with some fried eggs and home fries.  Guests from outside of Texas, or the South in general, are usually charmed to get a hearty, country style breakfast.  So, why apple muffins you ask?   ...

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Apr24

Apple and Blueberry Crisp

  I’ve been making crisps since I was a child.  They were one of the first things I learned to bake so they are special to me in the way a first love is special.   I find that when the last of winter is behind me I start to crave fresh fruit desserts, and since this is easy and nearly fool-proof it is perfect to satisfy my cravings. It is important that the crisp have a crisp topping.  I know it sounds silly to say that, but so...

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Apr22

Chicken Tenders

Where I come from there is a saying.  Everything is better deep fried.  While I do not subscribe to the idea that EVERYTHING is better deep fried, I do know that the humble chicken breast is very tasty deep fried.  Very, very tasty indeed! My mom taught me to deep fry a few months after she deemed me ready to start cooking on my own, sometime around my 13 birthday.  With the exception of cookies, I was not allowed to do more than...

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Apr20

Almond and Chocolate Filled Butter Cookies

If given the choice of any dessert I want, I almost always pick the cookie.  I adore them.  During the Holidays I tend to eat and bake so many cookies that I get a little tired of them and I can’t stand to make them until Spring is fully underway.  These cookies have a delicious secret hidden in them.  A mixture of ground almonds, mini-chocolate chips, vanilla sugar, and cinnamon.   I love little suprises like this in my...

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