This chilly weather calls for chili. Everyone has a favorite chili. My granddaughter Meagan and her husband, Brandon, make some of the best chili I have ever eaten. No need to ask for the recipe, because they don’t use a recipe. I guess you could call their version a “pantry” chili, because …

Having grown up in the South, I could not agree with a statement I read recently that said, “apples cannot be grown in the South.” After thinking about this, I realized that perhaps the person making this statement was thinking of those “beautiful” apples you buy at the supermarket, because …

A bowl of fresh green beans is one of the most popular side dishes for any kind of meat, whether it is chicken, pork, or beef. Vegetarians will probably agree that they are also a tasty part of an all-vegetable meal. No one in our family was a true vegetarian, but many times we did not have …

Do you think of yourself as an adventurous cook who doesn’t mind trying unique recipe ideas from time to time? If so, you might like my Bayou Bagel Burgers, which can be grilled or cooked in an iron skillet on the stovetop.

My family is probably wondering when I am going to stop adding cookbooks and old recipe boxes to my large collection. “Probably never,” as long as I am here to enjoy them. Sometimes I try to imagine the old kitchen and those special hands that used these recipes.