In November 2011, I started the process of jotting down and preserving recipes from my own kitchen as well as that of my mother–Audrey -and her family. Most of the items were the sweets and bake goods that Mom envisioned making and selling in a shop someday.
Gradually, I started to add in my own recipes, too.
Mindful of the impact of good nutrition on well-being and health, I aspire to feed my family primarily minimally processed, whole foods. The main dishes and sides shared here, while influenced by Mom’s technique, are mostly my own creations. (She never wrote down everyday essentials, working instead from memory.)
I will say that unlike many women of her generation, Mom rarely prepared recipes that relied heavily upon canned soups, processed cheese and such. I am grateful to her for that because I never developed a taste for those things.
Yes, Mom was a proponent of “fresh and local” and “clean eating” long before it was trendy. That’s because she grew up in a (once) small Texas town (Pearland) where gardens and chickens were mainstays, not novelties. And although her home garden was never as abundant as that of her father’s, we made frequent trips to farmer’s markets and roadside stands. Today I share those “local food adventures” with my own child. It’s his legacy now.
As the recipes are added on the site, I incorporate links to them from this page. This facilitates your locating them easily.
The Recipes, So Far
Main Dishes & Staples
Globe Trotter’s Split Pea Soup
Homemade Lentil Patties
Mixed Veggies Grilled on a Panini Maker
Quick and Easy Veggie Tacos
Roasted Vegetable Spectacular, Part 1: The Roasting
Roasted Vegetable Spectacular, Part 2: Casual Veggies & Pasta
Roasted Vegetable Spectacular, Part 3: Savory Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Savory Black Bean Soup
Simple Crockpot Black Beans
Sliced and Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Three Bean Chili
Apricot Coffee Cake
Audrey’s Holiday Sugar Cookie*
Best Ever Chocolate Frosting*
Chocolate Peppermint Mayo Cake*
Chocolate Walnut Puffs
Chocolate Whiskey Cake*
Pumpkin Tea Bread*
Red, White & GREW-berry Muffins (from the old RW&G site)
Sweet Cheeses! Pancake Rolls
Snacks and Such
Guest Posts & Other Things
*Indicates recipes from my mother
**Indicates recipes from my mother but adapted by me