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Real F-A-S-T Food

Bacon and Eggs the easy way? Without driving through Mickey D's??! Make this while you're getting ready for work, and in less than 30 minutes you will have a hot breakfast.  First step-Place 12 slices of bacon (I use Wright's) on a baking sheet. Make sure they don't touch. You…
Noriko's Curry

Noriko’s Curry

cur·ry  noun - a dish of meat, vegetables, etc., cooked in an Indian-style sauce of strong spices and turmeric and typically served with rice.   I've never been a fan. Sensitive stomach and sensitive nose. Smelled like stinky feet to me all these years. That is until I met a Japanese…
Southern Banana Pudding

Southern Banana Pudding

  Southern because it's a staple in the South. Banana because of the obvious. And Pudding because the only pudding to use is a simple, vanilla homemade one.  For more than a century banana pudding has been one of the corners of American desserts, especially in a Southern home like…
Easter Mini Cakes

Easter’s On It’s Way

When I think of Easter I think of ham. This recipe is from my good friend and awesome cook, Sherri Williams (the photo above is also courtesy of Sherri) She is currently on Food Network's Allstar Academy and makes some of the yummiest food on the planet. I found her…
Saucepan Cake1

Keep it Simple…and Chocolate

It's about sweet but not too sweet. It's about teaching others to cook and feel good about themselves. It's about making a cake in one single saucepan.  Confucius, I agree wholeheartedly.  So, find someone special and make this cake together. Then pour a couple of glasses of milk and enjoy…
Tender Buttermilk Biscuits3

Old Fashioned Biscuits

I like them tender and buttery and soft and hot. This is one of my favorite "combination" recipes for biscuits that I have. That means that I like certain things about certain recipes, so I put them all together and made a "combination" recipe-the best of all worlds you could…
The sweetest boy in the world and the luckiest Nana in the world

Repeat After Me

There are just some things that deserve committing to memory. The trouble is finding some room in your mind to put it. Between appointments and work and commitments and fun, there's usually not a centimeter left in your brain to put one more thing. But then you run across a…
Springtime Asian BBQ Chicken Slaw.Paula Todora

BBQ & Slaw

Asian BBQ Chicken Slaw Salad If you love bbq chicken and you love Asian cuisine, the combination of both is out of this world I discovered one afternoon as I made a dish for a luncheon. Crunchy, tangy, and a little sweet-it combines all the textures and flavors together in…
zucchini bread.


Sweet, Moist Zucchini Bread I love this bread! Let me just say that I really love this bread!  I'm thinking it's the only way to get some people to ingest zucchini, but I love it any way you could make it. You can't stop at one piece-you'll see.  I was…
Cream Cheese pancakes.2

LC Pancakes

LC=Low Carb, and I would think that would be the only reason you'd eat these. The reason? Because they're not light and fluffy and wonderous like my Saturday Morning Buttermilks. These little wonders are, however, made without flour. You got it-no flour. For every ounce of cream cheese (make that regular…
sweet potato fries


  Baked Sweet Potato Fries Once we all tried making fries out of sweet potatoes, we all agreed they are great. This is how I make them. Some people cut theirs thinner, but I like mine cut thick-it's your choice. They taste the same, but I like the tender, sweet…
Strawberry Cobbler


Simple Strawberry Cobbler I sometimes find myself with fresh strawberries leftover that I have to use up before they get too mushy. This is one of the things I do with them-you can even use frozen strawberries if you don't have fresh. It's good. Real good. Don't forget the vanilla…
Parmesan Eggplant Slices


Parmesan Eggplant Slices These are crunchy great with ranch dressing. I've made them for appetizers before, as well as a side dish. They're really, really good with pasta and a salad and a glass of red wine. No breading here-just parmesan cheese (yes, the kind in the green container because…
Low Carb Salmon Patties with Sauce


Talk about comfort food. I don't know about you, but my mom used to feed our family with canned salmon at least a couple of times a month. You can judge me if you want, but I still like it, and made this way it has few carbs, unlike the…
Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers


Philly Cheese Steak in a pepper-who would've thought? Use deli roast beef or thinly sliced leftover roast beef of your own, and it's low carb as well. You can't beat that with a stick, so they say anyway. I saw it on Pinterest, tried it out and have loved it ever…
Photo courtesy of Bon Appetit

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

[caption id="attachment_849" align="alignnone" width="420"] Photo courtesy of Bon Appetit[/caption] "A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald, but if he has fire, women will like him."  Mae West According to, the success to any grilling is control over time and temp. Smoking, grilling, barbecuing-it can be confusing, especially…
Paula's Peach Keen


Paula's Peachy Keen You may have seen my photo before on social media, mostly on Pinterest. This is a long story that I'll try to make short. I created it back in 2010 as part of a cooking contest for a photo only to use in a video. It was…
Low Carb Breakfast Muffins


Are you an egg lover? I can't be bothered with the bounciness of eggs, and it takes all I have to eat one, but when I mix eggs with spinach and bacon and other yummy things like cheese I can enjoy eggs along with the best of them! This is…
Chocolate Pie


 It's rich, It's creamy, It's worth making. I made a graham cracker crust, but you could make a pastry crust. Seriously, the filling's so yummy that it doesn't even need a crust-you can pour it into custard dishes and serve as pudding. You'll see. [yumprint-recipe id='18']
Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

~ Red Velvet ~

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies Happy Valentine's Day, and for this special day I made some moist little red velvet brownies with a cream cheese swirl. They package well for gifts, can be cut with a heart cookie cutter, and can be made a day before and still be…


Where to begin on this one? First of all, the beginning of my curiosity of a pasty, a tiddy oggy, or otherwise known as a meat pie to laypersons like myself was because of my next door neighbor. She is from Michigan, and she was making pasty dough the other…
White Pasta

White Pasta

It all started to soothe an upset tummy. White Pasta, aka Fettuccine Alfredo.          Back in 1914 in Rome a restaurant owner named Alfredo (get it) di Lelio was helping his pregnant wife, Ines, get over morning sickness. She couldn't keep anything down, but his plain pasta (pasta in…
Fish Tacos by PJC


[caption id="attachment_395" align="alignnone" width="300"] My Fish Tacos[/caption] I know when you think of 'fish tacos,' you don't think of the city of Fort Worth first. After all, there is no fish market next to saltwater anywhere within hundreds of miles. What may surprise you is that you can use any…
Buttermilk Biscuits


[caption id="attachment_388" align="alignnone" width="270"] Buttermilk Biscuits[/caption] In a world full of what I call "fast food" breakfasts like toast, frozen waffles and instant oatmeal these tender and flaky biscuits are, in my mind, what breakfast is all about. They freeze well but are best hot out of the oven with…
White Wine Turkey Gravy

~ Gravy ~

 White Wine Turkey Gravy This is turkey gravy-you know, the kind you make after the Thanksgiving turkey is on the table?  I'm not a giblet person, so this is what I make instead. It's rich, it's yummy, and it makes plenty. You could also cut the recipe in half and…
Chicken Wings


These are baked, not fried.  As long as you turn them over once during baking, they'll be crunchy and just as good as fried. There's no flour coating for a crust, so that cuts out the middle man. Trimmed, seasoned and right into the oven to bake, and you can get…


Scone, pronounced skōn or skän - a small unsweetened or lightly sweetened biscuitlike cake made from flour, fat, and milk and sometimes having added fruit.   Just because British scones have a certain mystique about them, they are really just tender biscuits similar to good ole Southern biscuits. But different.  …
Carrot Salad


 This is a very simple salad that is easy to make and good to eat. That is, if you like carrots. This recipe reminds me of the cafeteria carrot salad that I used to get as a little girl at Luby's. My mom never made carrot salad, so that was…

~ breakfasts ~

As I sit here on Sunday morning munching on my oat bread with jam and drinking my coffee I can't help but reminisce about our trip to Scotland and how we started each day with good friends and good food.  Bacon in the UK (shown below) is cut from the…


This is the one-the tender, soft and warm cornbread that melts butter easily right out of the oven. It's really good with chili and stew, but the leftovers are equally good heated up and buttered up and drizzled with honey. Are you hungry yet?  You really must use a good…
Flat Whites

Flat Whites

I'm all about the visual, and this explains to us all that not all specialty coffees are lattes. Not a native Seattlite but living there many years and raising my family there makes me not an expert, but rather a concerned citizen of the coffee kingdom. [caption id="attachment_167" align="aligncenter" width="399"]…
Sausage & Vegetable Risotto


This is  a sausage and vegetable risotto with asparagus, peas, mushrooms and wine. I've also made it without the sausage. The key is to simmer the stock and add gradually, while stirring, to get the creamy risotto that we all know and love. Risotto is merely an Italian dish of rice…
TX sheet cake


  Texas Sheet Cake If you grew up in Texas, then you are well aware of the Texas Sheet Cake Tradition. Yes, it's a tradition, and every single potluck, whether it's for a church event, a funeral, or any other get together has one. There are slight variations-some have nuts,…
Easy Antipasti


[caption id="attachment_402" align="alignnone" width="226"] Easy Antipasti[/caption] Making appetizers for a lot of people can be a time-stealer, and if you have to actually transport all of those little appies to another location...fogetaboutit! This is the answer-use bottled Italian dressing for the marinade, use whatever you have on hand or pretty…
Sinfully Rich Seafood Pie by PJC


Fish Pie The Restaurant was called Wildfire and was on Rose Street in Edinburgh.   We rode the train back to Edinburgh from the Highlands with a Travel Agent who recommended the restaurant and also highly recommended the fish pie. I don't question travel experts, so that's exactly what I…
Buttermilk Pie


[caption id="attachment_466" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Buttermilk Pie[/caption] No matter which way you slice it...It's still P-I-E It's comforting, it's simple, and it's All American. The Greeks and Romans used to simply mix flour and water together to make the crust and then stuff them will all sorts of things, like seafood and beef-it was…
Apricot thumbprints


I'm not sure why, but we usually only make certain cookies during the holidays. I'm thinking we do this because it makes them more special. Cherished. And that's exactly how I feel when I bite into these tender, apricot-filled cookies made with 5 ingredients only. They take me back to…
Levain Ch Chip Cookie


167 West 74th St, New York, NY, 10023 - the Upper Westside If you've ever been, then you know that the cookies are legendary. They also have two other New York locations and don't give us a clue about their recipe so we rely on testing and more testing and more…
Buttermilk Carrot Cake


Paula's Carrot Cake Everyone's got one, and I'm no different. Yes, everyone's got a carrot cake recipe they love. The one I make has buttermilk in the cake. It also has a buttermilk glaze that is poured over the warm cake layers before the cinnamon cream cheese frosting is piled…
pumpkin cheesecake bars


These are phenom!!! They are a low carb dessert that tastes like the inside of a pumpkin pie. The bars are best eaten chilled and with a dollop (am I the only one who loves the word dollop?) of whipped cream sweetened with some Splenda or other non-sugar sweetener. You…
Beer Pork


  If you love slow cookers (crock pots) like I do, you'll love this recipe. It's really just 3 ingredients, with the exception of any seasonings you want to use on the pork. The sauce is a bottled prepared one (I use Sweet Baby Ray's), and the beer is any…
Saturday Morning Buttermilks


Pancakes are economical, yet impressive. Easy to make and yet so greatly appreciated. Perfect for Saturday morning when you have a little extra time on your hands to enjoy breakfast, and also perfect for dinner any time.  Aunt Jemima and other companies tried to take away the homemade goodness of…


 Created on a Saturday afternoon, using ingredients I had on hand, these cookies have become one of my most requested cookies. They are soft chocolate cookies that are filled with a simple peanut butter filling. I used a box of instant chocolate pudding mix in the cookie dough to make…
cauliflower bake


This is a great low carb side recipe, but everyone loves it.  I use frozen cauliflower, but you could use fresh-it will probably be even better because everything's better fresh, don't you agree? It's kind of rich and cheesy, and kids love it, so it's a great way to get…
Apple & Oat Strudels by PJC


Mini Oat & Apple Strudel Asked to come up with a recipe using Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats, making sure they could be made from start to finish in 30 minutes on two burners, this is what I came up with. Wonton wrappers filled with a mixture of oats,…
Low Carb Stuffed Peppers by PJC


Stuffed Peppers-pretty 1970s. Why do we still want to make them? They're good for you, if you use the right ingredients, they're filling, and maybe they remind us of the good ole days. Comfort food at it's best. The standard filling is made with ground beef and white rice with…