Meatballs are a great mealtime treat. If you keep some meatballs in the freezer, making that meal is easy. I like to go ahead and bake the meatballs first. Then all that is needed is to remember to remove them from the freezer and place them in the refrigerator the night before you plan to u…

I am hungry for some good Cajun food, but I really don’t have the time to make the traditional jambalaya or gumbo. The next best thing is my Jambalaya Stir-Fry, which can be made quickly if all the ingredients are chopped and ready.

I have always been seduced by beautiful barware. When most children made beelines for toy departments, I loved strolling the glassware departments of Birmingham department stores — especially Loveman’s, which had a glass engraver that affixed one’s monogram to a myriad of old fashioned, mart…

Fall is the time of the year when we start searching for ways to use pumpkin. There’s always pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread. Both of these would be great to serve during the holidays. While researching pumpkin, I couldn't help but think that surely there must be some new ideas that will boost…

Deciding what to carry to a dinner at church is sometimes difficult. Should I just look into the kitchen pantry and use whatever I find, or maybe look through some files for something a little different?

When I am thinking about desserts that could be called "comfort food," bread puddings come to mind. Our Southern ancestors wouldn’t dare throw away leftover biscuits because with just a little milk, sugar and eggs, these could be made into a tasty bread pudding. At serving time, they would s…

If you are in charge of the grill at your house, you will certainly want to take a look at "Southern Living’s Ultimate Book of BBQ with Pitmaster Christopher Prieto." This is one of the most complete and interesting cookbooks on grilling and smoking that I have ever read.

I was reminded recently that some of the most cherished recipes are those that have appeared on the backs of boxes, cans and bags. Some of them, such as German Chocolate Cake, Rice Krispie Treats and Nestle’s Toll House Cookies, have even reached the status of classics.