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Savor Soul Food with Wine

30 Jun

In wrapping up National Soul Food Month, I hope you’ve eaten your fill and enjoyed it all. I kicked off the month with collard greens, and continued to savor an assortment of savory soul items at Sweet Home Café at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Of course I had help […]

Enjoy Heart-Healthy & Indulgent Dessert

14 Feb

It’s all about hearts, the symbol of love. I ♥ you, you’re my sweetheart, my heart beats for you, you’re my heartthrob, and without you I’m heartbroken. Celebrate loving and being loved with this mouthwatering heart-healthy dessert. I know it looks indulgent, but it isn’t. Lemon Pound Cake 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking […]

Bake Good Things to Eat —Streusel Top Coffeecake is Delish!

16 Dec

  During this season of noshes, nibbles, buffets, potlucks, tree trims and other festive occasions, I am sure there are a few that you look forward to every year. One of my can’t miss gatherings is the annual holiday brunch that connects friends from the Kraft Kitchens. As you might imagine, a gathering of food […]

Holiday Delights (get the ebook)

17 Nov

Download ChowChow & Soul™ Holiday Delights by Charla Draper

Thanksgiving Prep–Let’s Talk Turkey

16 Nov

If you’re hosting the holiday meal, it‘s time to give serious thought to prep and cooking of the turkey if you’re dishing up a menu of turkey plus the fixins’. One of the biggest snafus that can come with the signature meal is failure to completely thaw the turkey. To avoid facing the icy challenge […]

Herb-Roasted Lamb Makes the Cut for Easter

24 Mar

I get a lot of questions about food –how to cook, what to cook, what’s for dinner and what’s on my family menu for the holiday of the month. One of the most consistent threads in these chats is the cook’s time. Keeping an eye on the cook’s time management I often look for dishes, […]

Can’t Get Patti’s Pie? Lighten Up with Sweet Potato Gems

17 Nov

Patti LaBelle’s Sweet Potato Pie is trending and there are food companies nationwide afflicted with pie envy. Back in the day we would have heard it through the grapevine, but in this era of social media with do-it-yourself video, Facebook and the Twitterverse, sales of Patti’s pie are on fire. Now there are plenty of […]

Mommy & Me . . . Baking Apple Pie

15 Dec

There are so many good things to sample during this season of good eating. And some of those are well-loved dishes that hold special memories when they appear. I come from a family of really really good cooks—it’s in my genes. I enjoy cooking. Sharing food info and our family’s food heritage are the reasons […]

How to Make Classic Baked Ham

12 Apr

Grlled or roasted diamond-back ham.

It’s Spring, it’s Easter and time for ham. You’ve reached out to me with questions and even confessed that you cheat sometimes—“My family doesn’t know it, but I use the glaze that comes with the ham.” The question of the month is how-to make a star attraction ham. That diamond ‘n clove e studded ham […]

5 Tips Last Minute Tips & Recipes for Holiday Cooks

27 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.  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 longer than folks think […]