Spinach Madeline

I don’t love everything about living in the South. August, for instance, is truly terrible. And every time I go over when to use “good” and when to use “well” in my ACT prep class, at least one student says “That just doesn’t sound right!” My standard answer: “You live in northeast Louisiana. You probablyContinue reading “Spinach Madeline”

Cornbread Dressing

Thanksgiving was one of my mom’s favorite holidays. No present-buying stress… just good food and all of her family around us. She hosted every year — her family, my dad’s family, neighbors, friends — everyone was always welcome and we usually had over 20 people there. My Uncle Bill always smoked the turkey and broughtContinue reading “Cornbread Dressing”

Apple Cranberry Streusel Pie

My husband is a “cake person,” but I am a “pie person.” The boys claim to be cake people, too, so for most of the year when we celebrate birthdays, report cards, and soccer victories, it tends to be with cake. But Thanksgiving is when all my pie loving goes on display. I start experimentingContinue reading “Apple Cranberry Streusel Pie”

Pumpkin Cheesecake

*Recipe updated with better pictures and streamlined instructions* (Also, the primary helper has switched from the oldest to the youngest!) The first time I made this cheesecake it was for an LSU game… and it was also the day I bought my first LSU shirt.  I’ve always liked the Tigers — it’s part of livingContinue reading “Pumpkin Cheesecake”