Butterscotch Pudding

August 26, 2014
Butterscotch Pudding | Magnolia Days

Brown has once again created a challenge. Well, it’s more than just brown, it is shapeless and almost without visual texture. What is it about comfort food that is so hard to photograph? Colors and props help with the process. This time I decided to go with a muted tone in an effort to make […]

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German Strawberry Wine Punch (Erdbeerbowle) for #SundaySupper

August 22, 2014
German Strawberry Wine Punch | Magnolia Days

He was pouring the bubbly into a big bowl. Strawberries floated and almost danced with the bubbles. You could see a certain smile on his face. It was clear this was a special celebration. The family was gathered under one roof which only happened every few years. This gathering called for a particular special beverage […]

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Cherry Viennese Sandwich Cookies

August 19, 2014
Cherry Viennese Sandwich Cookies | Magnolia Days

It has been the summer of the cherry. Well, at least it’s been that way here in Magnolialand. The inspiration sparked as soon as this year’s crop arrived at the store. They were simply spectacular; so sweet and juicy. I made several batches of cherries in syrup. Cakes, cocktails, and much more were baked, cooked, […]

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Apricot Dip for #SundaySupper

August 17, 2014
Apricot Dip | Magnolia Days

There we were standing at the bus stop. We waited and waited and finally the bus arrived. The driver asked us if we were going to the elementary school. Nope, we were excited to be going to what was then called “Junior High”. The driver said our street was no longer in the zone for […]

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Thai Shrimp Curry for #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

August 14, 2014
Thai Shrimp Curry | Magnolia Days

The message came through one afternoon. The owner of my favorite local Thai restaurant had decided to sell it. The first thing that came to mind is how I must get there to enjoy one of her dishes and inquire on the recipe. Her curry sauce is one of the best I’ve ever had. We […]

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Cheesecake Truffles

August 12, 2014
Cheesecake Truffles | Magnolia Days

Two failed cheesecakes were in the fridge. One had a soggy crust and the other deep cracks and burnt edges. They were the first two attempts in making my Mom’s cheesecake. A water bath leak and then no water bath had put the two in the disaster category. I didn’t have the heart to throw […]

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Hatch Chile Shrimp Corn Chowder

August 7, 2014
Hatch Chile Shrimp Corn Chowder | Magnolia Days

The chiles arrived early one afternoon. Not just any chiles, they are Hatch green chiles. I’ve heard about them for years and yet haven’t seen them in my area. They are grown in Hatch Valley, a stretch of land by the Rio Grande River in New Mexico. I already knew what to do with the […]

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Herbed Skillet Cornbread for #TwelveLoaves

August 5, 2014
Herbed Skillet Cornbread | Magnolia Days

Did you know you could bake in a skillet? Not a cast iron one, but a regular frying pan type skillet? I admit I didn’t until recently. I was looking for recipes to use the herbs I’m growing in my garden. Some of those herbs have been quite plentiful this year. I ran across a […]

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Steak and Heirloom Tomato Salad for #SundaySupper

August 3, 2014
Steak and Heirloom Tomato Salad | Magnolia Days

There are too many words going through my head. The excitement of this post has me in a whirlwind of thought. There is so much I want to write and focusing on a storyline is difficult. The only thing I can do is start from the beginning, or rather, base of it all. What am […]

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Pasta with Spinach and Green Pea Sauce

July 31, 2014
Pasta with Spinach and Green Pea Sauce | Magnolia Days

A schedule change opened up opportunities for different meals and recipes. My husband was put on an evening shift. That meant I would be alone for dinner. It’s okay because he has had various shifts over the years and I am very familiar with cooking for one. It also meant I could cook more pasta […]

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