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Happy National Pasta Day!

Happy National Pasta Day!

Celebrating National Pasta Day with Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells! Pasta made with simple ingredients - flour and water - is loved by people of all ages. A Family Favorite Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells filled ricotta cheese, mozzarella, spinach, eggs, and served over...

Frying Funnel Cakes

Frying Funnel Cakes

Frying Funnel Cakes . . . On a beautiful fall day, September 27th, we went to the opening day of the State Fair of Texas. We learned about hydroponic gardening in the greenhouse, saw the llamas, goats, lambs, swine and horses. We toured the Creative Arts building -...

Happy Angel Food Cake Day!

Happy Angel Food Cake Day!

Happy Angel Food Cake Day! The Angel Food cake gets its name because the airy, light cake is said to be the "food of angels". What's the Secret? The secret to making Angel Food cakes is room temperature egg whites. They will whip up to a higher volume! Why cream of...

Oprah Visits Dallas

Oprah Visits Dallas

Oprah visits Dallas . . .she walks on the stage at the State Fair of Texas. "Deep in the Heart of Texas" blares over the speakers. Imagine my excitement, standing on stage as she welcomes the crowd! It's a memory that I will cherish forever . . . This...

Blue Ribbon Lemon Cake

Blue Ribbon Lemon Cake

  Blue Ribbon Lemon Cake Featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. "Best of Show" in the State Fair of Texas 2009 cake contest. Susan Apple Graass - Dallas, Texas Cake: 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 T. baking powder, 1 t. salt, 1 cup vegetable shortening, 2 cups whole milk...

Light, Airy Biscuits

Light, Airy Biscuits

For years, I have been trying out biscuit recipes and making changes to develop one that is just right . . . the result is here today. Check it out . . . Light, Airy Biscuits I'm serving homemade biscuits with Blackberry Jam in honor of St Michael. Today is the Feast...

Phil’s Texas Tacos

Phil’s Texas Tacos

Today, I am cooking Phil's Texas Tacos in honor of Phil Collins. Just last night we saw him in concert at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  What a fantastic concert!  Everyone know Phil Collins as a rock star. Did you know that he is also named an...

Culinary Victory

Culinary Victory

It's a beautiful September day. Flashback. . . We are having the time of our life with Bobby Flay's team. What fun it is to work with such fun, creative people! On the other hand, we are nervous too. Will our dishes cook to perfection or burn?! Do we have all of the...

Take A Chance

Take A Chance

Take a chance . . . why not! Every September 17th, my thoughts drift back to 2012 . . . the first day of filming for a new Food Network show. It happened to be in Texas . . . and happened to be in my house. Just a few months before, we heard that Bobby Flay was...

Happiness is . . .

Happiness is . . .

warm bread, fresh from the oven! Homemade bread turns even the most simple meal into a celebration. Your family and friends will think that you have been in the kitchen all day. No need to tell them our secret! Focaccia is one of my favorite breads to bake. It is an...