Tis the Season for a Holiday Trifle!

Trifles can be as easy or as complicated as you want to make them. They usually contain some form of cake, a fruit and/or pudding and whipped cream. The particulars of what and how to layer are up to you.

Isles Flottant, or Floating Islands

Floating Islands are a wonderful mix of texture: light meringue, rich crème anglaise and crunchy spun sugar.  A simple and elegant dessert, they can be tricky to make but well worth the effort! In the interest of full-disclosure I’ll tell you, my first attempt at Floating Islands went a little sideways. I had decided to…

Banana Pudding Pie, Oh my!

Like any true Southerner, I love me some banana pudding! Creamy and sweet, it has just a touch of vanilla and is filled with layered pastry cream and that old stand-by, Nilla Wafers. Classic.

Before sliced bread, there was flour.

Before sliced bread, the Cubs won the World Series. I keep hearing this as a reference to how long it’s been. Well, things change. The Cubs are on top again, and I’m learning about flour.

Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits

Flakey buttermilk biscuits are a Southern favorite. If you’ve been following my blogs, you know I didn’t inherit strong cooking genes. My sweet Southern grandmother, bless her heart, made biscuits (naturally!) but they were “Cat Head biscuits” – meaning if you threw them at a cat’s head, you’d probably kill it. Like a rock. Despite her biscuits, I have fond…

’tis the season for Rhubarb Roulade!

Rhubarbs have been sort of a mystery to me for years. Until now, I’d never cooked with rhubarbs, nor had I actually eaten rhubarb before last summer (a wonderful strawberry-rhubarb pie), but by the time I realized how good they were, the season had ended.  Luckily, the season has come around again… time to experiment. So what is a rhubarb? Is it a fruit…