Pasta e Fagioli (Italian Pasta and Bean Soup)

Italian cuisine or an American staple? Although I have visited Italy multiple times, I had never been to the most southern part of the country and (probably) therefore hadn’t heard about Pasta e Fagioli until…I came to the U.S.! Here on the East Coast, every corner deli serves their own version of this hearty Southern Italian…

NY Black & White Cookies

A New York classic, these iconic cookies are more like flat cakes coated with chocolate icing on one half and vanilla on the other. They are best eaten within 24 hours of baking when the cake is at its softest. But if you store them in an airtight container at room temperature, they’ll be good…

Blueberry Muffins

This easy blueberry muffins recipe makes eight generously-sized muffins bursting with fresh blueberries and topped with a crunchy, cinnamon-flavored sugar topping.  

Homemade Carnival Jelly Doughnuts

The Poles call them Pączki, a diminutive plural of the polish word pąk “bud”. In German-speaking countries, they are known either as Berliner or Krapfen. North Americans call them Bismarks or Jelly Doughnuts. No matter what you call them these fluffy, somewhat collapsed pastries are a Carnival staple and taste best homemade and still warm….

Old-Fashioned Cornbread (recipe courtesy by Paula Deen)

I have to admit that it took me a little while to appreciate the good old southern cornbread. Mostly because many of the cornbreads I have tried were simply not that good; they were either dry and crumbly or sweet and greasy. But a few months ago my mother-in-law gave me one of Paula Deen’s…

Southern New Year’s Black-Eyed Peas

I wasn’t familiar with black-eyed peas until I have married into a Southern family. Those small, creamy-flavored beans with a ‘black eye’ where they were joined to the pod are a Southern good luck tradition for New Year’s Day, one with deep roots in African-American culture. People in the South will tell you that the…

Slice and Bake Butter Cookies

These basic cookies are a perfect dessert that can be prepared ahead of time and kept on hand for surprise guests. They can be frozen, thawed and baked and still retain the delicate buttery mouthfeel.