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HAPPY BIRTHDAY—CELEBRATE WITH COBBLER

7 Oct

  It is hard to believe that 17 years ago nephew Noah made his loud attention grabbing entrance into the family.  Now I have to admit as a shorty, Noah was a pretty picky eater.  But he often wanted to get into the kitchen to cook with me—a boy that knows how to butter up […]

Celebrate With Chocolate Cheesecake

11 May

Chocolate cheesecake with Oreo cookie-crumb crust.

Folks are into the celebration season and this week-end many will celebrate moms and all that they do. They are most likely the chef, caterer, chauffer event planner, wardrobe stylist, psychologist, and healer. And if mom is a chocoholic, she deserves to indulge her guilty pleasure on special occasions. As an avowed chocoholic myself there […]

5 Last Minute Tips for Holiday Cooks

20 Nov

For 21st century meal mavens juggling a full plate of activities—jobs and multigenerational family tasks, the countdown to Thanksgiving is swift and can lead to menu mayhem or turkey trauma. No worries, take a deep breath and use the following  guidelines to help avoid holiday cooking drama. 1. Turkey Still Frozen?  “Yes, they do take […]

Family, Reunions & Food Legacy

1 Sep

by Charla L. Draper Family reunions have  become a tradition of summer. They’ve evolved beyond picnics, to include week-end celebrations, and week-long cruises. These days reunions bring biological kin to the table or the reunion may be a non-traditional gathering of unrelated “cousins” sharing the bond of community and common interests. One of the brightest […]

Make Memories & Homemade Ice Cream

2 Jul

July is National Ice Cream Month and homemade ice cream is one of summer’s premium pleasures.  As thermometers nationwide top 100 degrees, folks will be dipping into plenty of ice cream. When my grandmothers made ice cream I would sit on the porch watching the silver iced-packed cylinder go ‘round and ‘round in that wooden bucket […]

Not Sugar Plums, Just Pound Cake

19 Dec

 Learning to talk I couldn't say grandmother, so I edited it to Gonga.

by Charla L. Draper ‘Tis the season, and growing up it was more about the aroma from the kitchen than the twinkling lights.  Our house always smelled of scratch baking and during the holidays it was intense. My grandmother, Gonga could really cook and she baked —spicy gingerbread, fluffy yeast rolls, and her legendary buttery, […]