A Southern Grace

I'm just a small-town girl with a degree in food science who is currently working as a test baker.  In addition to cooking and eating, I enjoy breathing, people-watching, laughing, and making people laugh.

jumping through hoops for a coop

While it's legal to have backyard chickens in my city, there are restrictions and requirements out the wazoo. read more words! ...more

gratins are great.

How do you define a gratin? Wikipedia says it's an ingredient topped with a browned crust, often using breadcrumbs, grated cheese, and butter, usually prepared in a shallow dish of some kind. That covers a lot of ground, I'd say ....more

cookies and kongs (and a krusteaz #giveaway)

I wish I could say I was the kind of person who was so serious about cooking that she never took shortcuts in the kitchen, but that would be a lie. Sometimes, nay, most of the time, I appreciate a quick fix. read more words! ...more

brussels sprouted out

I have a definite tipping point when it comes to any given foodstuff. read more words! ...more

enough is enough!

I'm slightly ashamed to admit it, but if I don't see another tomato for 6-12 months, that would be fine with me. read more words! ...more

we have the fruits.

I've been on a real banana bread tear lately and obviously can never be convinced that I've achieved banana bread perfection. read more words! ...more

we have the meats.

As a kid, I didn't much care for pot roast. As any good mother would do, Mamster always put some on my plate anyway, but it didn't always end up in my stomach.read more words! ...more

peanut butter and... #OXOGoodCookies

Let's do some word association, shall we? When I say "PB and...", what comes to mind? read more words! ...more

black and tan orange

Any dish made using black beans and sweet potatoes seems extra appropriate for Halloween (or for fans of the Bengals, Beavers, or Orioles). What luck that sweet potatoes are at their finest in late October and November! read more words! ...more


And really, can you blame me? read more words! ...more