Sweet As A Candy Apple

Sweet As A Candy Apple

Sweet as a candy apple . . . and so much fun to make! 

Staying home for Halloween? No worries.

Enjoy some time in your kitchen with your family. Candy Apples is an extraordinary culinary project. If you can boil water, you can make Candy Apples. With just a few more ingredients, craft sticks, a candy thermometer and a pastry brush, you can transform delicious red apples into a culinary dream!

Special Equipment:

Before:How to make Candy Apple

After:Candy Apples

Candy Apples

For a special treat make some Candy Apples for Halloween! You will be surprised how easy they are to make.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 1 package craft sticks - purchased at craft store
  • 1 dozen small red apples
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon candies
  • 1/2 t. red food color


  1. Wash the apples. Remove the stems. Set aside to dry

  2. Insert a wooden stick part way through stem end of apples.

    Grease a large cookie sheet. Set aside.


    Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

  3. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup, cinnamon candies and red food color. Over a medium-high heat, heat the mixture to a boiling.

    Do not stir. With a brush dipped in hot water, occasionally, brush the sugar from the sides of the pan. (This prevents crystals from forming.)

  4. Boil the mixture until it reaches 290ºF, about 20 minutes.

  5. When cooked, remove from heat. Tip the saucepan; swirl each apple in the mixture, coating all sides. Lift the apple out of the syrup, swirl it around, allowing excess syrup to fall back into the pan.

  6. Place the coated apples on the prepared cookie sheet or silicone baking mat lined cookie sheet.

    Work quickly, dipping each apple before the mixture hardens.

  7. Cool for 15 to 20 minutes.

    Display on a cake stand or a serving tray.

Refrigerate apples to prevent listeria.




The Next Best Thing To Being In New Orleans

The Next Best Thing To Being In New Orleans

The next best thing to being in New Orleans is cooking your favorite creole cuisine at home. Grillades and Grits is New Orleans quintessential choice for breakfast or brunch. Grillades and Grits, pronounced “gree-yahds”, are medallions of various meats, usually veal or pork. They are slow-cooked in a tomato gravy, the “trinity”(onions, celery and green pepper) plus plenty of garlic. Smooth, rich, cheesy grits and fluffy biscuits are the perfect sides.Grillades and Grits

Grillades and Grits:

  1. Cut the meat into medallions.
  2. Pound flat.
  3. Season with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
  4. Dredge with flour.
  5. In a heavy-bottom skillet, brown the medallions. Set aside.
  6. Sauté the “trinity”, onions, bell pepper, and celery, add 1 tablespoon minced garlic.
  7. Add homemade beef stock. 
  8. Add the browned medallions and bay leaves.
  9. Simmer for 1 hour.
  10. Cook the cheese grits.
  11. Remove the bay leaves.
  12. Serve with cheese grits and crusty French bread.

Grillades and Grits are a popular dish at Mr. B’s in the French Quarter. 

The next best thing to being in New Orleans . . . make some Grillades and Grits for supper tonight!

Grillades and Grits

A classic brunch dish in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Enriched with creole flavors this is comfort food at its best!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 pounds veal round steak, about 1/2" thick
  • 1 T. salt
  • 1 t. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 t. thyme
  • 1/2 t. dried oregano
  • 1/2 t. dried basil
  • 1 bunch green onions, green part only, chopped
  • 3 T. fresh parsley, finely chopped

Baked cheese grits


  1. Combine the salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Set aside.

  2. Cut the meat into 2" squares. With a mallet, pound each piece of meat until slightly flattened.

    Sprinkle with seasoning mix and dredge in the flour. Shake off excess flour. Turn pieces of meat over and repeat the process.

  3. In a large cast-iron pot or enameled cast-iron, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the meat several pieces at a time and brown evenly on both sides, being careful not to overcrowd. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate. When all of the meat is browned, set aside.

  4. Remove any burnt drippings from the pan, add the oil. When hot, add the onions, bell pepper and celery, cook, stirring occasionally, in oil until vegetables are wilted, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for 4 to 6 minutes.

  5. Return the browned meat to the large heavy pot, add the beef broth, sautéd vegetables, wine, bay leaves, thyme, oregano, and basil.

    Reduce heat to a medium, simmer partially covered for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally.

  6. Meanwhile, cook the cheese grits.

  7. When ready to serve, remove the bay leaves, add the green onions and parsley.

    Taste. Add seasonings if necessary.

  8. Serve with cheese grits and biscuits.

Happy National Pasta Day!

Happy National Pasta Day!

Happy National Pasta Day! 

Surprisingly, homemade pasta is easy to make.Homemade Pasta

Four Simple Ingredients:

  1. Flour
  2. Eggs
  3. Olive oil
  4. Salt


Happy National Pasta Day!


A delicious pasta, takes about 30 minutes to make it and some time for resting. Serve with delicious butter/sage sauce.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 t. olive oil

Butter/sage sauce: 5 T. salted butter, 2 T. minced fresh sage, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and salt & freshly grated pepper to taste


  1. On a large work surface, pour the flour and salt into a mound. Blend together with a fork and make a well in the center. Add the eggs, egg yolks and olive oil to the center of the well. Beat the eggs with a fork, working in a circular motion, gradually blend the ingredients together. Be careful that the liquid egg doesn't run out of the well. Once the egg is incorporated into the dry ingredients, knead briefly. Leave the dough to rest, covered, for 30 minutes to one hour.

  2. Dust the work surface lightly with flour. Roll out the dough, pushing it away from you, turning occasionally. Try to keep it rectangular. Roll out to 1/8" thick and about 24" in diameter. Place a clean tea towel over the back of a chair, drape the dough over the towel. Let it dry for 30 to 45 minutes.

  3. On a work surface, roll the dough up into a flat roll. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into strips 1/4" wide. Gently toss and unroll the strips. Set aside for a few minutes.

  4. Bring a pan of water to a boil. Add the noodles and salt. Stir immediately with a wooden spoon. Cook until just al dente. Drain. Toss with butter/sage sauce.

  5. Toss with brown butter/sage sauce. Add Parmesan cheese and freshly grated black pepper.

Butter/sage sauce: In a large skillet, melt the butter, add the sage. Set aside while the pasta cooks. Add the Parmesan cheese and season to taste with the salt and pepper. When the pasta is cooked, add it to the pan and toss.




The Real Heart Of Cajun Gumbo

The Real Heart Of Cajun Gumbo

The real heart of Cajun gumbo is the roux! Gumbo, a hearty dish that’s part stew and part soup, is the official state cuisine of Louisiana!

In south Louisiana, where seafood is plentiful, seafood gumbos are popular. In north Louisiana, where I grew up, chicken and sausage gumbos are popular. All around the state, when the hunt is over, hunters enjoy making big pots of gumbo with duck, dove and wild game gumbo.

For the best gumbo . . . add Savoie’s Andouille Sausage.  Founded in 1949 by Ms. Eula and her husband Tom Savoie, Savoie’s Foods. has grown into a Cajun food empire. 

In Dallas, my favorite place to buy Savoie’s Andouille sausage is TJ’s Seafood. 

The real heart of Cajun gumbo is roux . . . and cooking some for your friends and family!

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Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

Gumbo, the hearty dish that's part stew and part soup, is probably served more often in Louisiana to friends and family than any other dish. Gumbo is a great dish anytime and especially good for Sunday dinner!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound Andouille sausage
  • 2 cups onions, chopped (2 onions)
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

For serving: steamed rice and French bread

Gumbo filé is optional.


  1. In an enameled cast-iron Dutch oven set over medium heat, make a roux of flour and water. Cook, stirring constantly, adjusting the heat to medium-low, until dark brown, about 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, season the chicken pieces with salt and cayenne pepper. Toss the chicken with the flour. Over medium heat, add the oil to a cast iron skillet. When oil is hot, add the chicken. Brown the chicken on all sides, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the sausage and continue cooking and stirring for 5 to 6 minutes.

  3. When the roux is dark brown, add the onions, celery and bell peppers. Over low heat, stir and cook until onions are clear, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and bay leaves, cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

  4. Add the chicken broth and chicken/sausage mixture to the roux/vegetable mixture. Stir to mix thoroughly. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook uncovered for one hour.

  5. Remove bay leaves. Add the green onions and parsley. Cook for 10 minutes.

  6. Serve in soup bowls with steamed rice and plenty of French bread!


What Do You Call A Cake Without Butter?

What Do You Call A Cake Without Butter?

What do you call a cake without butter? 

An Angel Food Cake 

Happy National Angel Food Cake Day!

My Texas Kitchen’s tips for making the perfect Angel Food Cake.

This Coffee Angel Food Cake is a State Fair of Texas Blue ribbon winner. Bake one today in honor of Big Tex. Your cake will be a blue ribbon winner too!

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Coffee Angel Food Cake

An award-winning cake . . . 2007 State Fair of Texas blue ribbon winner!

This angel food cake does not contain butter. However, please note that the frosting does contain butter. If you want a totally fat-free dessert just skip the frosting and dust the cake with confectioners' sugar. Your choice! It's delicious either way. :- )

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon powdered instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites (10-12), room temperature
  • 1 t. cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla

Frosting: 1 cup room temperature butter, 3 cups confectioners' sugar, 1 T. powdered coffee dissolved in 1 T. hot water, 1 t. vanilla, 1/2 t. salt and 3 T. whole milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.

  2. Dissolve the coffee in hot water; set aside.

  3. Sift together the cake flour, sugar, and salt; set aside.

  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until frothy; add the cream of tartar and continue beating. Gradually add 1 cup sugar; whisking until the mixture is at a soft-peak stage.

    Be careful not to beat the egg whites until they are dry.

  5. Add the coffee/water mixture and vanilla.

  6. Fold in the flour/sugar mixture.

  7. Pour into the ungreased round tube pan.

  8. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

  9. Remove form the oven, invert onto a funnel over a wire cooling rack and cool.

    Once cool, turn out of the pan. Ice the top and just the top of the sides with the frosting.

Frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar. Add the coffee/water mixture, vanilla, salt and milk. Blend until smooth. Add a little more milk if needed to make the frosting a spreadable consistency.

Chili Is The Official State Dish Of Texas

Chili Is The Official State Dish Of Texas

Chili is the official state dish of Texas. The change of season, autumn is a time for a bowl of chili. It’s the perfect dish to accompany falling leaves, football, family, and friends!

Chili with Toppings

Chili is a great dish for football game watching with friends and family. Serve with assorted toppings.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 16 ounce can tomato sauce

Toppings: grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the beef and onion. Cook until the beef is browned and onion is soft, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic, chili powder, salt, cumin, oregano and pepper. Mix well. Cook for a couple of minutes.

  4. Add the flour, stirring to combine with the meat mixture. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Ladle into bowls. Serve with the toppings.