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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, […]

5 Last Minute Tips Can Rescue Holiday Cooks

24 Nov

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 tips to help avoid holiday cooking drama. 1. Turkey Still Frozen?  “Yes, they do take longer than we think to thaw.” As a turkey expert on the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, […]

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 […]

Desserts to Impress

21 Dec

Eat dessert first, well that may not be the recommended way, but most of us plan to reserve a sweet spot for those special tempting treats we love to savor at the end of a meal. Dessert can be as trendy as fashion week—cake pops, cupcakes, pies and savory ice cream. Cheesecake is a classic. […]

Let’s Talk Turkey

22 Nov

It’s all about turkey this month and there are plenty of gobblers to choose from. They come in all sizes and varieties. You can cook your own, pick one up baked, smoked or fried and ready to heat; you can even buy a whole stuffed turkey that you bake from its frozen state. If it’s […]

Thanksgiving–Here’s a Timeline for Holiday Cooks

18 Nov

Photo courtesy of National Turkey Federation

Once we hit November time makes a quantum leap.  Like so many of you, I look at the calendar and realize almost two weeks have vaporized.  Here we are mid-month. Let’s get this holiday cooking party started. If you’re the host or quarterback for the holiday meal team, check the number of folks you’re planning […]

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 […]

911—Save the Mac ‘n Cheese

27 Dec

by Charla L. Draper You know food is an intrinsic element of culture—anytime people celebrate there are foods of some type attached to the occasion.  Macaroni and cheese is one such dish at the Drapers.  Not bragging, but folks have always enjoyed coming to the Drapers because regardless of the occasion, they knew there would […]

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 […]