Contrary to what most people do on Easter Sunday, our family seldom has a big meal. Instead of the traditional ham and all the fixings, we sometimes rely on an old favorite: chicken.

It didn’t take long for Christopher Mendez, the new pastry chef at Garfrerick’s Cafe in Oxford, to capture the attention of the local fine-dining crowd. "Have you tried the baked Alaska?" was the question of the day.

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…

What better way to say "I love you" on Valentine’s Day than with a special breakfast? Sure, you might also want to give chocolates and/or flowers later, but a homemade breakfast would certainly start the day off in a memorable way.

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.