Cherry Scones Fit for a Prince

A cherry scone, with tablecloth embroidered by my British Aunt B. ♦ ♦ ♦ Welcome to the world, little Prince of Cambridge. At my house, we celebrated your arrival with cherry scones and a pot of Earl Grey tea. I happen to like scones for breakfast, which means getting up early to have them baked before a…

Dining Table Etiquette (and French Toast)

Grace before eating. No hats. Only two feet allowed on the dinner table, never three. ♦ ♦ ♦ Bo claimed his spot at the table a few months ago. He’s there for the conversation, since his own kibble is served in the laundry room. Most mealtimes, he beats the rest of us there, taking up his position…

Carrot Cake

I’d rather call this Carrot Bread until Lent is over, if you know what I mean. It’s baked in a loaf pan, it has no frosting, and it’s full of fruit, nuts, and vegetables. It’s practically a baked salad. Okay, that last part’s a stretch, but if you get a hankering for a lushly textured…

Ham and Green Pepper Quiche

I was a quiche-making dynamo on Thursday. Once a month, I cook lunch for a special group of people, about 24 in number, who are either clients or volunteers at a weekly respite care program. I call it my own Third Thursday Café. Everyone there is connected by the scourge of dementia in some form…

Sausage Biscuits

I’ve been on the road lately. I had a sausage biscuit for breakfast from McDonald’s in Hermitage, Tennessee, on Wednesday. It was hot and freshly made. I like McDonald’s sausage biscuits a lot, especially with a spongy layer of uber-golden scrambled egg. I had a sausage biscuit for breakfast from Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee,…

Baked Apples

Food doesn’t get much more straight-forward than this, and autumn is the perfect time for it. Let me introduce you to Baked Apples, something I consider a treat but which makes my husband, an apple-hater of some renown, recoil. Pay him no mind. These are delicious. No bonnet, pinafore, or gingham apron is necessary to make these…

Here’s your other banana bread recipe.

Weren’t you looking for one? This recipe is adapted from a local community cookbook, Rave Reviews by the Junior League of North Little Rock (© 1982). Banana bread recipes are everywhere, but this one has crushed pineapple in it, and that makes  it sing. I reduce the fat by substituting a single-serving package of unsweetened…

Cranberry-Orange Scones

Bits of the old country weave in and out of my cooking. My mother was British, and while she became adept at frying chicken parts and stuffing Thanksgiving turkeys to feed her American family, from her kitchen occasionally came treats like sausage rolls, trifles, and Bakewell tarts. Her scones were plain, lightly sweetened, and usually…

Pancakes are us.

And we love our pancakes. I come from a long line of pancake makers, each with her own signature flair. My mother poured them into teddy-bear shapes, making eyes with chocolate chips. My mother-in-law slathered the tops of hers with butter that melted into golden pools on the plate. My aunt spread raspberry jam over…