Ancestors Gotta Eat! Who doesn't love to eat? I love to cook, collect cookbooks and old recipes, and delve into genealogy and the garden dirt as well. I also love to travel and spend time with my family, friends and my dogs. Sounds like a jillion other blogs? Maybe so, but I have been pondering what to do with the wonderful old family recipe boxes I have received, and I decided to share them by scanning in the handwritten cards and blog with them!...more

Cornmeal Lime Cookies

Butter makes the world go round. Flavors swirl happily in it. We worship it. It’s a bit disheartening to see recipes using butter-flavored substitutes. It’s a marketing ploy to get people to eat healthy. Butter, another ingredient enjoyed for thousands of years, has been bullied into an unhealthy label. ...more

White Chocolate, Cranberry and Hazelnut Cookies

White Chocolate, Cranberry and Hazelnut Cookies - If you're a White Chocolate Lover these cookies were created with you in mind....more

Malasadas - Portuguese-Styled Raised Doughnut

Malasadas are Portuguese-styled raised doughnuts.  Enjoy an alternative to the familiar doughnut. Sweet and crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside.  ...more

Cannoncini all Crema Pasticcera

Cannoncini alla Crema Pasticcera (Pastry Horns with Italian Pastry Cream) - Buttery, flaky puff pastry sprinkled with sanding sugar and filled with creamy, vanilla bean Italian pastry cream.  An easy recipe for delicious Italian Pastries. ...more

Deep Dish Apple Pie with Calvados

Deep Dish Apple Pie with Calvados - An extra special deep dish apple pie with a French inspired pie filling made with 2 types of apples, butter, cream, cinnamon, vanilla and Calvados. ...more

Chocolate Chantilly - "Easy Chocolate Mousse"

Hervé This' Famous Chocolate Chantilly - Prepare the Best Chocolate Mousse using an easy chocolate mousse recipe, molecular gastronomy and two ingredients-water and chocolate....more

Soft Molasses Cookies

Soft Molasses Cookies - This soft molasses cookie recipe is so easy to make.  The best part about the recipe is the versatility.  These cookies can be dropped and baked or rolled and cut into your favourite Christmas Cookie shapes and decorated with Royal Icing....more

not completely for the birds...

Ah, winter in central Texas. A harsh season, where the weather-folk talk about temperatures plummeting into the 50s. OK, maybe I shouldn't get too smug. We do have our share of ice storms and the occasional pipe-bursting hard freeze. Point is, while winter here is nowhere as harsh as in many parts of the country, the birds still need a hand from time to time....more

Healthy Hot Chocolate ...more