About as Southern as a cookie can get.
As the summer wears on, I’m finding it harder to motivate myself to cook in the kitchen. With all the heat outside, why make even more inside? But once I saw this recipe for Flan Parisian (Vanilla Custard Tart), I thought this might be worth cranking up the old oven.
The one and only Chess Squares. I’ve been making these for years and this recipe has always delivered. They’re (probably) Southern in origin – and people love these gooey bars of heavenly goodness – in fact, in certain areas, I’m kind of known for these.
Brownies are about as American as suburbs and the Flintstones, aren’t they? Who hasn’t had brownies from a box mix – at school or for a birthday party or an awkward office potluck? They’re always on the dessert table and with a little water, some oil and a couple of eggs – voila! You’ve done your part, so Joyce over in Accounts Payable can just shut up about how you never contribute.
In my mind, chocolate chip banana bread is the perfect gift to bring to someone’s home. Whether they’re a new neighbor, or they’ve invited you to a dinner party, or just as a way to express thanks, for say, letting you bootleg their cable or wifi, banana bread fits the bill. It’s all about what I’ve heard referred to as ‘gracious living’. And this is something I’ve struggled with, even writing this post – because I’ve never fancied myself as someone who strives for gracious living.
Makes me wonder what exactly is gracious living?
Here’s a recipe to take things back to my church cookbook roots. Pretty much a guaranteed winner at county fairs everywhere, pound cakes are one of those dessert staples I grew up on – seems like there was always a pound cake of some sort hanging out in the kitchen. My mom would make different kinds, and I’m sure there are as many kinds of pound cake as there are county fairs across the land. Here is a good, basic recipe which can be added to or enhanced with other flavors to suit what you would like – it’s guaranteed to win the blue ribbon . . .
Yep – you read that right. This cake has so many delicious flavors all mixed in together, it’ll make your head spin. I wanted to take advantage of some peaches here at the end of the season and this was a great way to do it. It took a good deal of time and required a few more steps, but this was totally worth it – and I will be making this again for other folks. To paraphrase the illustrious Elaine Benes -”It’s real and it’s spectacular”.