Shortbread Hearts

You know who I don’t envy on Valentine’s Day? Elementary school teachers. All those sugared-up kids. Meddling class moms. Sliding cupcakes sent from home. Artistically-challenged nine-year-olds who can’t cut a paper heart to save their lives (why yes, that was me!). Kids who insist on writing in the “To” part of the Valentine, despite specificContinue reading “Shortbread Hearts”

King Cake

Today, it snowed in Louisiana! For the uninitiated, this means School is cancelled because we know we don’t have the equipment or skills to drive safely Kids everywhere dress in repurposed camo hunting clothes (the only cold weather waterproof things my kids own) We slide down levees (because they are easily the biggest hills inContinue reading “King Cake”

Itty Bitty Sugar Cookies

My recipe for these reads “Sugar Cookies by Mern,” but my kids have always called them “the itty bitty sugar cookies.” Mern was the grandmother of one of my best friends growing up, and in my mind, she remains the quintessential Southern belle — gracious and lovely. My only regret is that I have theContinue reading “Itty Bitty Sugar Cookies”

Piecrust Cookies (“Pets de sœurs”)

One of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving break is curling up with the stack of books I’ve wanted to read for months, but have been to busy for. However, I’m not usually much of a mystery fan… until I discovered Louise Penny a few years ago. Her mysteries, which are set in Quebec, are so…Continue reading “Piecrust Cookies (“Pets de sœurs”)”

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Summer is my absolute favorite time to cook. Sure, fall and winter have cozy comfort foods, but when it comes to my favorite things to cook and eat, summer produce wins, hands-down. In fact, my family has long made fun of me for the Fourth of July being my favorite food holiday… not Thanksgiving. SoContinue reading “Blueberry Crumb Bars”

Crème Brûlée

You want to know what really drives my kids crazy? Most of the “fancy” desserts I make leave the house. Grasshopper brownies for Christmas parties, cookies for my students, a cheesecake for a friend’s Thanksgiving. Sure, my kids get to taste. If I’m plating something, the edges I cut off are theirs, no questions asked.Continue reading “Crème Brûlée”

Banoffee Pie (Banana Caramel Pie)

Have you noticed how much friendlier people have gotten when you’re out walking around? Much to the embarrassment of my kids, I’ve always been a “waver” but now when I see friends or acquaintances or even total strangers, everyone has a huge smile and a wave. It’s like we are collectively saying “Hi! I haven’tContinue reading “Banoffee Pie (Banana Caramel Pie)”