About Me

My name is Christine, and I am a Foodie–that is, I love to cook and learn about other food traditions, as well as to celebrate the time honored cooking of the South. As any self respecting addict would do, I blame my childhood for that.

Specifically, the school year afternoons and long summer days spent in my Granny’s kitchen. Ninetyeight percent of my memories with my Granny took place there. For that reason, there are smells, like that of baking fruitcake or chicken and dumplings, and sounds, like the clammer of aluminum pans or hand mixers, that take me back there, to the place where I became me. It wasn’t that the Cream of Wheat was cooked just right in the mornings, although it was. And it wasn’t that chicken cooked on her stove was tastier than any other. It was the sound of Granny humming while she cooked, and actually feeling and tasting the love that went into everything that came out of that kitchen. Soup when someone was sick, platters of fudge and fruitcake at Christmas time, after school snacks more special than the dinner served in many households today. Not expensive, but special.

And the smells, the constant barage of smells. I respond to certain smells today like a junkie would to the site of a crackpipe. As I got older, and especially when I started my own family, I felt the need to recreate the same feelings I had growing up. A happy home, a busy kitchen full of hungry kids–having them know inherently that everything I make them, I do with love. I learned from my Granny that when you cook with that sort of passion, you can taste it in the food.

Being a wife and mother has allowed me to teach the same lessons, as well as learn some new ones.Β  Growing up with only sisters, I had little experience with boys, and I learn something new everyday mothering two of them.

I hope you enjoy my recipes as much as I did creating them, and my stories as much as I did living them….



499 Comments on “About Me”

  1. Elizabeth McCrory
    2011/10/25 at 11:52 pm #

    Great pics, especially those cupcakes. They look yummy!

  2. Ginger
    2011/10/26 at 9:55 am #

    Granny would be proud!!!

    • 2011/10/26 at 11:10 am #

      I hope so….She passed me the golden spatula, afterall!

  3. Greg
    2011/10/27 at 12:00 pm #

    I am Christine’s husband. My name is Lucky…I mean Greg. I have a hard time keeping the pounds off my belly and I’m sure I don’t have to explain why. She can make anything that I don’t deem as tasty, tasty. She dreams up stuff that your average Jane would not ever! I love you babe! Keep up the great work!

    • 2011/10/27 at 2:02 pm #

      Awe….I am the lucky one! Thank you for putting up with my culinary experimentation…..

  4. Kat Alcala
    2011/11/11 at 3:46 pm #

    Awe….so sweet!! Well its hard to keep pounds off us at the office since we are fortunate to have her bring us some of her best cooking/baking. Thanks Boss!

    • 2011/11/11 at 5:46 pm #

      Awe….you are hilarious! I keep telling you if you eat cookies standing up, the calories don’t count!

  5. Nathan
    2011/12/28 at 3:34 pm #

    I love her cooking it is so amazing she can make the littlest things taste good!!!!! (:
    Thnx Mrs. Friesenhahn

    • 2011/12/28 at 3:37 pm #

      Ahhh, thanks Nathan! But I still owe you some soap cookies! πŸ˜‰

  6. Steve
    2012/03/16 at 10:03 am #

    I once worked with Christine and her cooking and baking was to die for…..I always looked forward to SPICY PICKLES…..those were the absolute best……..and I would agree with Greg…….it was tough for me to keep the pounds off, I wanted to at least taste everything she brought to work!!!!

  7. 2012/04/29 at 6:37 pm #

    Hey Texana, thanks for checking out my blog! Great to find you here:)

  8. 2012/04/30 at 12:21 pm #

    Thank you for following my blog! πŸ˜€

  9. 2012/05/02 at 8:53 pm #

    Thanks so much for following my blog! You have some very delicious recipes here and I can’t wait to follow and discover more of your creations!

    • 2012/05/02 at 8:56 pm #

      I look forward to sharing ideas!

    • 2012/05/30 at 12:55 am #

      what a wonderful site. i agree wiht kalamitykelli, your food looks delicious. maybe i will leann some things obut food that i have forgotten. thanks for following ,y blog. it led me to yours. what a knowledgeable and yummy site.

  10. procurrent
    2012/05/04 at 10:55 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog and giving me a quick way to discover yours! I love the recipes I’ve seen and great descriptions!

  11. 2012/05/04 at 11:28 pm #

    Yeah. I got it. I’ll do the details in a bit.


  12. 2012/05/05 at 4:53 am #

    What fun that you stopped by All Mussed Up – and fun to trace you back to your space. (: I wholeheartedly agree that cooking is all about togetherness and memories. Lovely.

  13. 2012/05/05 at 9:49 am #

    Thanks for following my blog! I love southern and ‘home’ style cooking. Bring on the grits!

  14. 2012/05/06 at 8:41 am #

    Great blog! I can’t wait to discover more!
    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog!

  15. 2012/05/06 at 10:49 am #

    Thanks for following my blog! You have some pretty tasty things on here. Can’t wait to try a few.

  16. 2012/05/06 at 11:51 am #

    hi Christine. Thanks for dropping by and following my posts. I love your blog. I am also now your follower. πŸ™‚

  17. 2012/05/06 at 1:10 pm #

    Thank you for following my blog!

  18. 2012/05/06 at 4:24 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog. See you soon ;D

  19. 2012/05/06 at 5:17 pm #

    Thanks for the follow! Let me know if you have any Paleo-friendly recipes. I’ll be happy to repost them.

  20. 2012/05/06 at 7:58 pm #

    Thanks so much for your visit! I’m drooling! My other half is Texan and he misses his food dearly so we’rem going to have to try some of these recipes!

  21. 2012/05/07 at 10:22 pm #

    Thanks for checking out our blog πŸ™‚ Your photos look amazing!

  22. 2012/05/07 at 10:27 pm #

    I have nominated you for the versatile bloggers award, for instructions on how to accept please check http://sharingmemyselfandi.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/my-first-blog-award-versatile-bloggers-award/

  23. 2012/05/10 at 3:34 pm #

    Hey texana! I don’t know how you wound up at my blog, and I’m wondering if you’re not sniffin ’round trying find my cookie recipes! Somebody done told you I make some Dy-No-Mite munchin stuff, didn’t they? Also brew up some mighty fine homeade jams, too, but the recipe for them is in the pectin box. Anyhow, glad you stopped by, and hope you enjoy my blog! I enjoyed this post a bunch!
    Sample —> http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/nut-house-cookies/

    • 2012/05/10 at 4:05 pm #

      Charles….Dang straight I was after your cookie recipes….And also, I was searching for fellow Texan bloggers, and yours was funny and enagaging, so I stuck around and followed it…But don’t give up your dreams of being a pastry chef.


      • 2012/05/10 at 5:26 pm #

        Chefin is just a hobby! This writin thang is my dreamin material!

      • 2012/05/10 at 6:50 pm #

        I’m finding I really live both! A lot.

  24. Sweet Spell Baking Chick
    2012/05/10 at 11:07 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog Sweet Spell Bakeshop!

  25. 2012/05/10 at 11:12 pm #

    Hello! Just wanted to say thank you for following my blog! I really appreciate it!

  26. 2012/05/11 at 6:52 am #

    love your blog!!

  27. 2012/05/11 at 10:42 pm #

    Hi there! Thanks so much for reading and following purelysubjective. It always kind of amazes me when folks I’ve never met find my blog. But I guess that’s why we’re here: to have fun and share. It means a lot to know that these things I’m creating speak to others as well as heartening me. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad to discover Texana’s Kitchen. I really like your humorous voice and the great background info on food.

    • 2012/05/11 at 11:16 pm #

      Thank you! Nice to meet you! I look forward to reading more….I love that I can learn so much everyday from all the great bloggers I meet.

  28. 2012/05/13 at 10:55 am #

    Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog!

  29. 2012/05/13 at 12:07 pm #

    Thanks so much for the follow! Looking forward to reading your stuff!

  30. 2012/05/14 at 2:10 am #

    Hey Christine, thanks so much for stopping by and following my blog! Just been having a browse at your blog – I love the way to write about food, will definitely be following you back and look forward to trying out some of your recipes!!

    • 2012/05/14 at 7:50 am #

      Thanks! I look forward to exchanging stories and ideas..

  31. 2012/05/14 at 10:29 am #

    Ah, chicken and dumplings…how I miss thee! Texana, I too, remember the Southern smells since I am from Savannah. Biscuits and gravy, succotash and endless amounts of fried chicken and baked mac and cheese – they all take me back.

    • 2012/05/14 at 11:06 am #

      Nothing smells as good as a southern kitchen!! Nothing….

  32. 2012/05/14 at 6:10 pm #

    WOW…you follow a lot of blogs….including mine now. Gotta admire that. My biggest kick was my erroneous assumption on how your blog was pronounced. I was thinkin’ Texan as* kitchen, which I found pretty entertaining in itself.
    Always nice to find a girl who understands that I great meal is not that hard to attain. Gonna take a look around….might stay awhile. Thanks

    • 2012/05/14 at 8:09 pm #

      Thanks! I do follow many blogs. Pretty much any blog that has ever amused me, educated me, shown me pretty pictures, or displayed yummy food. Call me obsessed, or insomniac, but it’s just how I roll…


  33. 2012/05/14 at 7:35 pm #

    Hi, thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs (http://savorysundays.wordpress.com/) – I really appreciate it! I love the look and feel of your site; so inviting!

    • 2012/05/14 at 8:10 pm #

      Thanks! Glad you stopped by, hope to see you around some more.

  34. NinikBecker
    2012/05/14 at 10:27 pm #

    Hello, thank’s to following my blog, Nice blog of you!

  35. 2012/05/15 at 10:53 pm #

    Thanks for following “pleasepasstherecipe”. I’m a granny sharing nostalgic recipes plus a few newbies with my offspring and their offspring, and whoever else might stop by for a look. Blogging, both reading and writing gives me inspiration from far and wide. I look forward to learning more from your southern kitchen. Sandra

  36. 2012/05/16 at 7:56 am #

    I’ve nominated you and your wonderful blog for the Inspiring Blogger Award! Check it out here: http://burlesquebaker.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/its-a-small-press-life-the-inspiring-blogger-award/

  37. 2012/05/16 at 8:13 pm #

    Hi Texana! Thanks for stopping by and the follow. We southern girls have to stick together;)

  38. 2012/05/16 at 9:27 pm #

    Hello, Christine. So sweet of you for dropping by and following my blog. Thanks so much for that. I also love cooking and baking as well. In a while I’ll be very busy reading your posts. xoxo. πŸ˜‰

    • 2012/05/16 at 9:52 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like what you see and stick around!

  39. 2012/05/18 at 8:41 am #

    Christine, thank you for visiting and following my blog! So glad to find yours as well!

  40. 2012/05/18 at 10:29 pm #

    Thank you so much for following our blog! We would love to do add you to our blogroll in exchange for the same on yours, if you are interested in doing so. Please let me know, thanks!

  41. 2012/05/19 at 12:53 am #

    Hello and thank you for following my brand new blog. I hope to share some recipes from time to time. If any of them find their way to your palate, be sure to share your expert opinion! πŸ™‚

    I really like your blog. I see myself back on it in the morning with a hot cup of coffee. πŸ˜‰
    Your commentary gives it alot of personality.

  42. 2012/05/19 at 9:48 am #

    I’m so glad you dropped in and thanks for the follow. I love your site and now I’m hungry!! Glad to have a place I can go for some great new ideas. πŸ™‚

  43. 2012/05/19 at 12:16 pm #

    Thanks for the follow, much appreciated! Your blog is great – I love the way you precede your awesome recipes with a good story, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • 2012/05/19 at 10:59 pm #

      thanks…the stories are my favorite part…I find the most humorous, amazing, or poignant stories come straight from fact….no fiction needed.

  44. 2012/05/19 at 12:37 pm #

    Christine…. you like food and Grams…. (and we have the same name) … you are awesome on my list:)

    • 2012/05/19 at 10:57 pm #

      christine, well thank you…great named gals think alike, I guess..

  45. 2012/05/19 at 4:47 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my site. I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through yours. Your sense of fun makes it a great read!

  46. 2012/05/19 at 10:03 pm #

    Thank you so much! We went ahead and added you to our blogroll today. Thanks again and have a great weekend!

    • 2012/05/19 at 10:54 pm #

      thanks….I will add you tomorrow…I am on vacation right now, only have access through my smart phone….

  47. 2012/05/20 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the follow! I am also from the South, though I somehow didn’t start cooking till I relocated – look forward to reading more of your blog!

  48. 2012/05/20 at 12:29 pm #

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Have a look:

  49. 2012/05/20 at 4:51 pm #

    Thanks so much for signing on to follow my blog! I’m a Yankee transplant, and have to say that I love living in the South. Great food down here, and of course a wonderful literary tradition. Glad to have discovered your site!

  50. Sarah Jordan
    2012/05/20 at 9:48 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog. Nice digs you have here! πŸ™‚

  51. 2012/05/21 at 7:36 am #

    Hey thanks for visiting my writing project! Your food looks super tasty!

  52. 2012/05/21 at 10:57 am #

    Thanks for following my blog, your dishes look very tasty.

  53. 2012/05/22 at 8:24 pm #

    Hi Christine, Thank you for visiting my blog. I just started this month and am still finding my way around. I love food too. I find your site very unique, both in recipes and stories. I have not seen your entire site yet, but what little I have seen so far, I will visit you again with delight.

  54. 2012/05/22 at 9:59 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! The food here looks fantastic.

  55. 2012/05/23 at 12:05 pm #

    Glad you found us and glad we found your blog! Thanks for following.

  56. 2012/05/23 at 9:46 pm #

    Hi Christine!

    Thanks for following my blog! Your food blog looks fantastic!

    Crystal =)

  57. 2012/05/23 at 10:13 pm #

    Simply wonderful! Nothing beats a home cooked meal I think.

  58. 2012/05/23 at 11:53 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog, Christine, and I LOVE yours, especially your beautiful sentiments about your Granny. I didn’t know either of my grandmothers well, so I look forward to being one and creating the kind of memories you wrote about so eloquently above. Thanks for sharing your Granny’s energy with us!

  59. 2012/05/24 at 12:53 am #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and subscribing. How could I not return your courtesy? This could be the start of a beautiful blogship. πŸ™‚

    • 2012/05/24 at 8:34 am #

      I have made some of the best friends blogging…I am sure!

  60. Mary Ann
    2012/05/24 at 6:08 am #

    Christine, I am thrilled that you are following my blog, Kitchen Keepers (Once Upon a Time in Granmary’s Kitchen) – It makes me smile to think that someday my own granddaughters may remember our joy in the kitchen just as you do. I know your granny loved every minute of cooking for you and having you in her kitchen! Looking forward to reading more and trying your recipes!

    • 2012/05/24 at 8:36 am #

      Oh, thank you! Time spent with grams in the kitchen is always special…I am certain your grandbabies will feel the same.

  61. 2012/05/24 at 8:02 am #

    I agree with Oceannah…home cooked meals are simply the best! Thank you for the visit! πŸ™‚

  62. 2012/05/24 at 4:24 pm #

    Hi Christine, thank you for following my blog πŸ™‚ I’m really enjoying what I’ve read so far of your writing – the cheese entry in particular I loved (processed cheese slices are my other half’s not-so-secret food vice!) and look forward to seeing more!
    All the best, Liz

  63. 2012/05/25 at 9:55 am #

    Thanks for following my blog! Really enjoyed The Great Cheese Betrayal (and I think I will have to make some Green Chili Cheese Dip this weekend)!

    • 2012/05/25 at 9:58 am #

      Thanks! Welcome aboard! I look forward to sharing ideas and stories!

  64. 2012/05/25 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks for following my blog! Great recipes, I’m always looking for new things to make!

  65. Ankit
    2012/05/25 at 1:45 pm #

    Thank you for the brilliant recipes, I am certainly going to try some this week.

    And Congratulations!
    You have been nominated for ‘one lovely blog award’

    • 2012/05/25 at 1:51 pm #

      Oh, thank you! I look forward to sharing recipe ideas…

  66. 2012/05/25 at 2:20 pm #

    Hello Christine, Thank you for following our blog! Your fabulous recipes will thrill our farm’s southern patrons. Your sense of humor is appreciated πŸ˜‰

    • 2012/05/25 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks…My next project is I want To start gardening, and grow some of what I cook. I try to buy locally when possible, but growing my own would be even more awesome…

  67. southernwild
    2012/05/25 at 3:02 pm #

    Hello. I wanted to stop by to welcome you to http://southern-wild.com/ and to say thank you for subscribing to my blog. I hope you enjoy your visits. Have a fabulous weekend! Take care… Alyssa

  68. 2012/05/25 at 10:53 pm #

    Here in Michigan we do the rolled and cut and it’s called chicken and popeye.

    • 2012/05/25 at 10:56 pm #

      Popeye? That’s a new one….Never heard that before.

      • 2012/05/25 at 11:01 pm #

        that’s what my entire family always called it. Might not be a Michigan thing. We come from the hills. LOL.

  69. 2012/05/26 at 10:00 am #

    Thanks for following me! You are my 100th subscriber and I immortalized you in a tribute post.

  70. 2012/05/26 at 10:45 am #

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I like your recipes they look so tasty, I will be trying some of them.

  71. 2012/05/26 at 1:41 pm #

    Thank you for visitng my blog “God’s Way to Health” and subscribing to it. You have done a great job on yours and I look forward to reading more. Blessings.

  72. 2012/05/26 at 3:28 pm #

    Thanks for tagging onto my blog. I am always amazed at and thankful for folks who find me. I mostly write (poetry). I started web life on a book site, and moved to a writing community. My two blogs, the one you visited is for my short daily observances. You can visit my longer verse at my blogspot site which you can link through there. I have the two because neither behaves with the other when it comes to leaving feed back or comments. I hope to visit you occasionally. I’m not a foodie and I only ever do use recipes as guide lines. I doctor box mixes. Like adding applesauce in place of part of the water, add extra chips, raisins etc. I can’t actually think of any one recipe I’ve followed exactly…I saw you had an entry about eggs… I make a crust-less quiche. I just line the glass pie dish with bread crumbs, but I use at least 5 eggs, so maybe it is more like an egg pie? I’ve put in onions, asparagus, peas, well some work better than others. But I do separate the eggs and whip up the whites before combining the yolks back and I also like to add dill. I use one of the egg whites to coat the pie plate after I’ve sprayed it with cooking spray adn either lined it with a store bought crust or bread crumbs. Sometimes I use all Swiss cheese sometimes, Cheddar and sometimes mix the two. I guess you could say I play with my food πŸ™‚

    • 2012/05/26 at 3:38 pm #

      I tagged your blog because in addition to cooking, writing is my next love….Oh, yes, I could do a simple recipe blog, but I find the story telling, the educational and food anthropology even more rewarding. I hope you visit often–if not for recipes, for some good old fashioned story telling….

  73. 2012/05/26 at 5:51 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog and I’m happy to follow in return! Cooking with love, the best ingredient! Nice to meet you, Kay :O) @Chaoskay

  74. Jan RΓΆrschΓ₯ch
    2012/05/26 at 5:54 pm #

    Outstanding work. Keep it going. Thank you for following my photoblog. Have a fantastic day.

  75. 2012/05/26 at 7:58 pm #

    Thank you for following Fashion Mashie πŸ™‚ after a great holiday in Texas, I look forward to to keeping up with Texas through your site.

  76. 2012/05/26 at 11:50 pm #

    Thanks for the follow. I look forward to reading more recipes.

  77. 2012/05/27 at 4:10 am #

    Thank you for the follow, Christine – looking forward to browsing through some of your yummy recipes!


  78. Kenton Lewis
    2012/05/27 at 7:26 am #

    Thanks for following my site, but I must say you have one heck of a site. Great recipes. If I may add the background color is hard on the eyes, but that’s just me.
    Thanks again,
    Kenton Lewis

    • 2012/05/27 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks for the feedback. I changed it from a pale peachy color just last night…sounds like I need to go back….

  79. 2012/05/27 at 9:08 am #

    Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for checking out my blog and following it!!!

  80. 2012/05/27 at 9:49 am #

    Thanks for following my blog. I enjoyed reading your blog as well. Lots of interesting recipes with a lot of humor thrown in too.

  81. 2012/05/27 at 10:46 am #

    Hi Christine — Thanks for your LIKE. I knew I liked your gravatar, but then I looked at the site. Delicious to say the least. Love that you’re following your passion. Best dishes from my House to Yours. Dan

  82. 2012/05/27 at 12:43 pm #

    Thanks for the follow! And, good news: You have (also) been nominated for The Most Perspiring Blogger Award!

    • 2012/05/27 at 1:05 pm #

      Silly boy…don’t you kow? Pigs sweat, men perspire, but girls–we GLOW! Haha! Thanks!

      • 2012/05/27 at 1:08 pm #

        Ok, keep on glowing! (“glistening” works too)…

  83. 2012/05/27 at 12:50 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by today! I LOVE that you’re so funny about cooking and sharing your memories. I wish I could cook like you so I’ll just have to live vicariously through you πŸ™‚

  84. 2012/05/27 at 1:33 pm #

    Good heavens, I could grow fat and happy in your kitchen. I bet you’d give a wonderful commencement speech for the next batch of degreed Food Anthropologists! Perhaps everyone would have to wear bibs in place of gowns though. Especially if you showed slides. πŸ™‚

    • 2012/05/27 at 1:36 pm #

      Yes, maybe its best if I support the new grads with post ceremonial gnoshes…

  85. 2012/05/27 at 2:28 pm #

    Thanks for Following The Dark Globe


  86. 2012/05/27 at 4:15 pm #

    Christine – I’m not saying I’ll do the washing up, but I’ll be scouring your site for some ideas. And thanks for the follow at hard egg news.

  87. 2012/05/27 at 7:11 pm #

    I totally agree with you Christine and not to hurt our mothers feelings but there just never seemed to be anything like Grannys cookin. she made some of the most unhealthy fried potatoes and biscuits and gravy that were out of this world. She did however provide onions, greens and other veggies to off set the Heart failing cholesterol that we were eating. LOL. Liked your post very much and will be following you.

  88. 2012/05/28 at 5:13 am #

    Hi Christine…..I absolutely love your blog. I know what you mean about wanting to recreate all the beautiful aroma’s of your childhood……me, I try to do the same.
    So although we are from two different parts of the world, I guess at the end we are all the same!

    Thanks for following my blog.
    I will be following yours, in the hope that I fill my home with as much love and giving.

  89. 2012/05/28 at 7:13 am #

    What a nice blog you have! Such wonderful memories of your grandma too:)
    I will visit your blog often!
    Thanks for visiting mine πŸ™‚

  90. 2012/05/28 at 7:49 am #

    Not only at your recipes awesome, you are a FABULOUS comedic writer. I love reding it, especially all the little boy anic. I have 2 who did manage to grow up intact! There’s hope!

  91. 2012/05/28 at 8:26 am #

    Hello Christine. Thanks for liking my Gin and Tonic Jelly post and for the follow. I will check out your blog for some interesting recipes.

  92. 2012/05/28 at 11:21 am #

    Thanks for visiting and following furrylittlegnome! Loved your British food post…

  93. 2012/05/28 at 4:30 pm #

    thanks for stopping by. I love food and your site. Apaln

  94. 2012/05/28 at 4:35 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. From reading your About Me page, I can tell you really love your family and you love to cook – I am much the same! Let me know if you try any of my recipes, I’d love any feedback!

  95. 2012/05/28 at 8:27 pm #

    Hi there! Thanks for visiting and subscribing to my blog “Eyes to Heart.” … Like you many of my memories of my grandmother involve food, specifically her pickled beets, green tomato relish and pot roast. Granny called me her “beef girl” because I loved to pick at the roast before she served it up. I wish I’d paid more attention when she was sharing her kitchen and garden wisdom with me. Oh well … thanks for sharing your experience and triggering my memory. Be well … Dorothy πŸ™‚

  96. rcponders
    2012/05/28 at 9:45 pm #

    Thanks for coming by A Ponderance of Things.
    This looks like a yummy place to hang out! I think I saw something about spicey pickles….mmm.

  97. 2012/05/28 at 10:33 pm #

    Thanks for visiting Weightlessinwater.wordpress.com! Somehow I began thinking you were a Paleo fan, but I see that you do not skip some of the things I’m rueful about eschewing (goodness!) like bread. Your writing is as spicy as your recipes! I’ll be back!

  98. 2012/05/28 at 11:34 pm #

    Hi, thanks for reading my blog on Granada, Nicaragua. Your blog looks yummy!

  99. 2012/05/29 at 1:40 am #

    Hi, thanks for following my ‘other’ blog, I love food too, so will be tagging along I think, drooling… πŸ™‚

  100. 2012/05/29 at 6:15 am #

    Thank you for following! Will try to browse on some of your recipes. πŸ˜€

  101. 2012/05/29 at 8:01 am #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! You have some beautiful pictures. …Lesley

  102. 2012/05/29 at 8:30 am #

    THANKS for subscribing to my “pun-ny” photoblog! I hope I can bring you a smile (or at least a groan) every weekday!
    –John R.: http://TheDailyGraff.com

  103. 2012/05/29 at 9:22 am #

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! Your cooking looks amazing. And yes, I love cheese too.. *raises hand* See you around! πŸ™‚

  104. 2012/05/29 at 11:23 am #

    Hello, thanks for following my blog! Keep up the cooking!

  105. 2012/05/30 at 3:32 am #

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Cheers! Your food looks yummy!

  106. 2012/05/30 at 8:27 am #

    Thanks for following my blog! I hopped over here to check yours out and laughed my bum off over the Cheese Betrayal! (And truthfully, I’m not opposed to a little cheese loaf when called for, myself;) ) You have a new fan!

  107. marthastoever
    2012/05/30 at 7:07 pm #

    thank you for visiting my blog! my love of cooking and its ability to fill a home with love was also inspired my grandma. let’s hope that someday another generation will say the same of us!


  108. 2012/05/30 at 11:28 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog! It’s certainly got a lot of growing to do since I’m just starting up. Hopefully someday soon I can have the amount of faithful followers you have!

    • 2012/05/31 at 10:31 am #

      Keep it up! Just takes time, perserverance, and interacting with other bloggers to get successful!

  109. Shirsha
    2012/05/31 at 2:49 am #

    Hi…thank you for dropping by my blog. I enjoyed going through your blog as well. πŸ™‚

  110. 2012/05/31 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi! Thank you very much for following my blog. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am writing. It has been such an amazing outlet for me to express my creativity. I look forward to reading more from you. Rob

    • 2012/05/31 at 6:35 pm #

      I enjoy the reading and writing as much as the cooking…a lot.

  111. 2012/05/31 at 10:00 pm #

    Hi Christine ~ Thank you for being the first to follow my new blog Behind The Green Door … even before my family

  112. 2012/06/01 at 12:15 am #

    Thank you for the follow! I look forward to more of your delicious recipes and hilarious stories!

  113. 2012/06/01 at 4:56 am #

    Hi there Christine!
    Welcome to my list of e-slaves……I mean followers – course I did!
    Hopefully I’ll get to do some more baking etc for you to enjoy πŸ™‚

  114. 2012/06/01 at 6:58 am #

    Thank you for stopping by and following my blog.

  115. 2012/06/01 at 7:57 am #

    Thanks for following my little blog about my big load of kids, big recipes, big hubby and well…pretty much all of life. And you KNOW I’m down with some Spotted Dick! I’m from Canada, baby! God save the Queen!

  116. 2012/06/01 at 9:26 am #

    Chirstine… Thanks for following my blog http://www.long-distance-dad.com. I’m glad I discovered your blog… fun writing and great recipes. And I’m happy to found one of the other five people on earth who actually likes fruitcake!

  117. 2012/06/01 at 9:33 am #

    Hey there!
    I’ve nominated you for a blogger award! http://abetteryeartoabetterlife.com/2012/06/01/oh-hey-girl-im-certified-versatile/
    Here are the rules for receiving the award: (1) thank the blogger who nominated you (2) include the links to their blogs, (3) include the award image in your post, (4) copy the award image to your site, (5) give seven random facts about yourself, (6) nominate 15 other bloggers for the award, (7) when nominating other bloggers include the links to their sites, and (7) let those bloggers know they’ve been nominated.
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

  118. 2012/06/01 at 11:12 am #

    Lovely blog. Loads to learn from you. keep up the good work.

  119. 2012/06/01 at 3:38 pm #

    I love what I see here…cheers

  120. My Tropical Home
    2012/06/01 at 11:55 pm #

    You have a beautiful blog. Thanks for visiting mine and following. I’m going to learn a lot from you πŸ™‚

    Best regards,

  121. 2012/06/02 at 12:19 pm #

    Thanks for following me today, How apt, my friend just flew in from DFW to visit of a few days. Love Southern food even if I am a Londoner.

  122. 2012/06/03 at 12:21 am #

    Your cooking, is your art

    • 2012/06/03 at 12:32 am #

      Yes, but I rather enjoying the writing these days as well….Some days even more so than the cooking.

  123. 2012/06/03 at 12:21 am #

    Christine, Thanks for following my blog. Your blog is beautiful … I love recipes with pictures.

  124. 2012/06/03 at 12:30 am #

    Thanks for following me and yours is a great blog! I have the same memories of my grandma.

    Love the cheese betrayal story. Unfortunately, I do live in Far East Nowhere and can’t get jalapenos or Velveeta, but I’ve made my peace with that and have learned to make do with what I can get.

    Keep on bloggin’!

  125. 2012/06/03 at 12:56 am #

    I hear ya. My art lately is fiber art and painting, but I’ve always been a writer. I write bits on a pad before I go to sleep, just comes naturally. :))

  126. 2012/06/03 at 4:27 am #

    Thanks for the visit and follow! I came back here and started watering at the mouth from all the tasty food pictures. Just had to follow for the wonderful recipes and charming posts.

  127. 2012/06/03 at 8:26 am #

    Hey, thanks for the follow, but would you mind telling me how you found my blog? Not complaining, just wondering.

  128. 2012/06/03 at 2:04 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog! hope that little tutorial on food photography will help you valorise your creations! I love cooking too so stay tuned for more food photography πŸ˜‰

  129. 2012/06/03 at 2:11 pm #

    Nice looking site and warm memories indeed. I still love my Cream of Wheat mornings. In fact I still love making my own bread, biscuits from the kitchen and not the can!
    Thank you for being a follower of my site!

  130. Mona
    2012/06/03 at 4:21 pm #

    Thanks Christine for the follow! Love your site.

  131. Tammy
    2012/06/03 at 4:31 pm #

    Christine – I love your blog and am nominating you for the Reader Appreciation Award. Check it out along with the rules for how it works on my blog. Keep up the great work!

    • 2012/06/03 at 6:45 pm #

      Thanks Tammy….It will take me a few weeks to do my part on the appreciation award…I am on vacation for a few weeks, and limiting my blog time during this period. I will do it when I return, though. Thanks again!

      • Tammy
        2012/06/03 at 7:06 pm #

        Hope you have a wonderful vacation – enjoy!

  132. caitlambert
    2012/06/03 at 5:17 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog! πŸ˜€ You’re food looks really tasty!

    • Lamberta
      2012/06/12 at 11:35 pm #

      p.s: I nominated you for an award. πŸ™‚

  133. 2012/06/03 at 7:27 pm #

    I enjoy the ways that you write your blog.. you write with a sincere heart and I can imagine your grandmother in the kitchen with you. I remember my grandmother in the kitchen making perogies. Thank you for checking out my blog.

  134. 2012/06/03 at 10:23 pm #

    Aww, Christine, you make me homesick for the days when I lived with my Grandma in Missouri πŸ™‚ Lots of comfort foods here! (And thanks for visiting me, too–hope you got a bit of a chuckle)

  135. Kendra
    2012/06/04 at 10:56 pm #

    You may have seen this going around, you may have already been nominated…
    I find your blog entertaining and interesting and I love your sense of humour. I’ve nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger Award”. If you’re interested in what this means you can visit my blog at http://timelesstalesandtreasures.wordpress.com/ or check out where it all began at http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/. To me it’s a way of appreciating your fellow bloggers πŸ˜€
    Thanks, cheers, and happy days,
    – Kendra

    • 2012/06/04 at 11:35 pm #

      Thanks…I do have a few to post….when I return from vacay in a few weeks, I am creating a new page to awards and such, and will complete it ten! That’s again!

  136. 2012/06/05 at 4:05 am #

    Thanks for the follow. I am following you also now. I’m from New Zealand so I’m looking forward to trying out some of your recipes.

  137. 2012/06/05 at 9:23 am #

    Hello from Kansas! I just read the notice that you are now following my blog ‘myownheart’ want to say thank you so much I hope you visit often .
    Now I just read about you and hubby Greg’s remark yes he is lucky! I want you to know I love your recipes and I am going to try a few soon. But you must know just reading them I gained 5 pounds! yummy! ~~LenWilliams Carver

  138. 2012/06/05 at 11:16 am #

    Christine, thanks for subbing, i shall try to amuse, inform, and sometimes anger…and, in general, make an idiot out of myself…and i am also a devout foodie – you may like my post “i think i’ll do the mashed potatoes”. at: http://barkinginthedark.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/i-think-ill-do-the-mashed-potatoes/ continue

  139. 2012/06/05 at 10:50 pm #

    Thanks for following me. Want to come to my house to cook?! My kids would be so spoiled. I look forward to learning about many yummy recipes. I need inspiration!! Cheers!

    • 2012/06/05 at 11:04 pm #

      Funny….my kids just still want to eat chicken nuggets and pizza! πŸ™‚

      • 2012/06/06 at 3:09 pm #

        So true! I even have one that doesn’t even like pizza. Yikes!! He does, however, like Indian food and sushi. The other eats a couple of crackers a day. At least I know one will eat.

      • 2012/06/06 at 3:33 pm #

        Doesn’t like pizza? You better take that one for tests! haha! I have never heard of such a thing….


  140. hodgepodge4thesoul
    2012/06/06 at 12:58 am #

    Hi Christine, and thank you for the follow, feel free to make yourself at home πŸ™‚ Your blog is very interesting, too.

    Blessings πŸ™‚

  141. 2012/06/06 at 9:21 am #

    I love your site……I’m a southerner also so I know about the food, its awesome!!!

  142. 2012/06/06 at 11:46 am #

    Thank you so much for following me! I am honored πŸ™‚ Wendy Frye

  143. 2012/06/06 at 2:39 pm #

    Thank you for following my blog! I have to tell you that I was thinking about not blogging any longer because I didnt know if I would get any followers! I appreciate it! and I look forward to reading your posts!!! πŸ™‚

    • 2012/06/06 at 3:08 pm #

      If you love blogging, keep it up! If you do what you love, and it shows in your work, then followers will come. Make sure to Tweet and link to Facebook, etc….And make sure to get out on WordPress and comment on other blogs, and follow those you like. People will only follow you if they can find you, and that means putting yourself out there a bit. Also, tag the bejeezus out of your posts. Make sure every post is assigned all tags relative to your blog in general, and also for that post specifically. Once I figured the tagging out, it got much easier to find fans…

  144. 2012/06/06 at 3:11 pm #

    wow thank you so much for your comment. That really helps!!

  145. 2012/06/06 at 4:25 pm #

    Good stuff, Christine. Reminds me of a saying: “Love people . . . cook them tasty food.” Couldn’t be much simpler than that. Let’s keep cookin’

  146. 2012/06/06 at 11:01 pm #

    Nice blog! Hope you don’t mind if I borrow a couple recipes! I promised a pretty lil’ lady friend of mine dinner this week! Lol!

    • 2012/06/06 at 11:20 pm #

      Feel free! I hope my recipes lull her into submission, or deep emotional connection, or at least garner some brownie points!

  147. 2012/06/07 at 12:11 am #

    Hey Christine, Thanks for the follow! Love your passion for cooking good food!

  148. 2012/06/07 at 12:58 am #

    Hi Christine. Thanks for following thefirstgates. I hope you continue to enjoy it. Your blog inspires me to get more ambitious in the kitchen!

  149. 2012/06/07 at 12:53 pm #

    I agree with you smell is one of the most evocative senses and every time I smell fresh baking bread it reminds me of my Grandma – enjoyed your blog

  150. 2012/06/08 at 12:12 am #

    Hi Christine,
    I’ve had the chance to check out your blog a couple of times and I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://thejottersjoint.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/accepting-praise-recognition/.

  151. 2012/06/08 at 12:22 am #

    Thank you for the follow. Let’s explore good food and feed our tummy πŸ™‚

  152. 2012/06/08 at 3:16 am #

    Thanks so much for following – and from all the way over in the USA!! x

  153. Gene Molloy
    2012/06/08 at 9:07 am #

    I am so glad you found, and decided to follow my blog, giving me the opportunity to find and follow your’s, Christine. Your blog is blessing because I do the weekday cooking around here because Pretty, my wife, still works. While my simple kitchen concoctions sufice, a southern touch would really be nice. We have just recently been transplanted to the south, (the Florida Panhandle, on the Florida/Alabama boarder), and my new creed is northern by birth, southern by choice. I will become an avid follower of your blog, and I will let you know how my attempts at your recipes turn out. You are definitely going on my blogroll, as well.

    • 2012/06/08 at 10:39 am #

      Thank you so much! What nice comments. Welcome to the south! It is definitely different from other parts of the country, for sure. And certainly hotter. πŸ˜€

  154. 2012/06/08 at 1:49 pm #

    Having grown up in a Eastern European Jewish family here in the north, my grandmother’s cooking was unexciting except on holidays; but her desserts, jams, and preserves were great. She was famous for her cakes. When she got into her 80s, my wife asked her what her secret was. The answer: “I always use Duncan Hines.”

    I look forward to learning more about southern cooking. We’ve had a few restaurants with names like “Uncle Willy’s”, “Peaches”, “Louisiana Lenny’s”, and the like; but they tend to go out of business when Willy or Peaches retire. Louisiana Lenny unfortunately died young. He could never find greens worth serving up here, so his mother used to air freight them up from (natch) Louisiana.

  155. 2012/06/08 at 5:44 pm #

    Thanks for following me, Christine! You have a very interesting and exquisite blog here πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to going through it and following your adventures.

  156. TTV
    2012/06/09 at 6:24 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my site. Love your photos. Need to take lessons. I’ve been all over your blog. Many yummy things.

  157. 2012/06/10 at 2:30 pm #

    I wish I would have had a woman in my family that stayed home and cooked good food! I have been home for a year now and I still don’t do this enough. Nice blog!

  158. 2012/06/10 at 6:19 pm #

    Hi Christine,

    Thanks for following and I will do the same! I hope you enjoy my writing as much as I’ll enjoy your yummy blog!
    Lauren πŸ™‚

  159. 2012/06/11 at 11:59 am #

    Yes, yes, yes. The smells. I love chopping up fresh herbs with a big knife. And then, in a different vein, there is the whole house smelling like apples in the fall…
    (Thanks for dropping by my blog πŸ™‚ )

  160. 2012/06/11 at 2:42 pm #

    Christine, thanks for following my blog! After reading some of your posts, I’m hooked and have followed back. Happy blogging.

  161. lazyhippiemama
    2012/06/12 at 12:48 pm #

    I really enjoy your blog, so I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

  162. 2012/06/12 at 1:32 pm #

    Christine, I’m nominating you for The versatile Blogger Award since I enjoy your site so much.


  163. 2012/06/13 at 10:04 pm #

    Hi! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blogger Award! http://insidethewriter.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/one-lovely-blogger-award/

  164. 2012/06/14 at 10:13 am #

    Greetings from South Africa. Thank you for visiting my blog Christine. As a lady of impeccable taste and depth of perception, I’m sure you conducted a diligent search for the blog – instead of finding it by mistake [chuckle]. but seriously, thank you for your inspiration on American culinary delights. I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the rest of your blog as time goes on.

    My initial intention with my blog was to document our various expeditions/safaris into southern Africa, and its associated wildlife/landscape images – with only a smattering of food articles. However, it seems the culinary articles are more popular. Anyway, I hope you enjoy visiting.

    Kind regards

  165. 2012/06/14 at 11:29 am #

    Congratulations! I have awarded you the One Lovely Blog Award. You have a wonderful blog!
    The Rules for Award participation are:
    1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
    2. Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere.
    3. Tell them 7 facts about yourself.
    4. Nominate 9 other blogs you like for this award
    5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated
    Check out my page for more information.

  166. 2012/06/14 at 9:33 pm #

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes – everything looks amazing! I could go for some of that cheese dip right now! πŸ™‚

  167. 2012/06/14 at 11:54 pm #

    I picked you for a Most Inspiring Blog award, if you are interested, follow up at:
    I found something to learn from you, and though this a copy and paste message, it applies to all 15 I picked. Enjoy, have fun, and thanks for teaching me.

  168. 2012/06/15 at 2:25 am #

    Ah, a woman after my own heart. You know you could almost be French, right ? πŸ˜‰

    • 2012/06/15 at 10:38 am #

      Oui, madame. Je suis francais un peur. Haha. It’s been a long time since French class….

  169. 2012/06/15 at 2:58 am #

    I’m not a foodie and I’m not a cook, but I sure enjoy reading your blog. Loved “Pie Are Square”! (And thanks also for checking out my blog.)

  170. 2012/06/15 at 10:29 pm #

    Hahaha, I know what you mean about the smells! I can`t stop myself from smelling food all the time – People think I`m weird but I don`t care! Thanks for checking out my food blog =)

  171. 2012/06/16 at 12:36 am #

    Great to find your blog. I’ll shall be visiting regularly:)

  172. 2012/06/16 at 1:53 am #

    Thank you for following my blog Christine! Love your writing, style, and sense of humor!

  173. 2012/06/16 at 7:10 am #

    Love the blog, Christine! I especially liked your post about PW – I feel the same. I know we would be BFFs if she only knew me. I even met her at a book signing and still she doesn’t email me. She just doesn’t know what she’s missing, right?

  174. fulcrumwritingstudio
    2012/06/18 at 8:02 pm #

    You have some great recipes here. Thanks for checking out my site!

  175. bohemianspiritedmom
    2012/06/18 at 10:35 pm #

    nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award!

  176. 2012/06/19 at 9:53 pm #

    Hi! Great blog!

  177. paindecampagne
    2012/06/20 at 9:14 am #

    Hey! Thanks for following my blog! I read some of your posts and was laughing out loud. I too love to share food while telling stories, but I think your are funnier than mine. Can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  178. 2012/06/22 at 10:42 am #

    Hi Christine,
    What a wonderful blog. You can almost smell the food on your posts! Thanks for visiting my site and following along. Cheers to you!

  179. 2012/06/22 at 10:37 pm #

    Hi there, Thanks for liking my blog. I wonder, do you have a recipe for green cherry tomatoes (my folk call them tommy toes). I help an 80 year old farmer and we have a load of them this year. I wonder if they could be pickled green. Your thoughts? http://www.reneawinchester.com

    • 2012/06/22 at 11:01 pm #

      I have seen recipes for pie made of them…they are treated like sour cherries would be…never tried it though, myself…I would think they would make a nice salsa, mixed with some garlic, green chilies, onions, lime and cilantro…

  180. sillybluff
    2012/06/22 at 10:53 pm #

    Ohh! I just love the pictures! Food is love! Thank you for visiting my blog! =)

  181. 2012/06/23 at 2:00 am #

    this blog is fuckign awesome I dont know what more to say !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  182. louisencrepes
    2012/06/23 at 2:28 am #

    Everything here is mouth watering. Oh I wonder if I could cook stuff like that too. I just love eating. Yikes. Thanks for following my site. πŸ™‚

  183. 2012/06/23 at 3:21 am #

    Thanks a lot for following my blog:) You have a very informative and useful blog. Do you also post vegetarian dishes?

  184. 2012/06/23 at 5:11 am #

    when you talk about smells – the one that elicits the most pleasure in me is turkey stuffing – I remember waking up on Christmas morning to the smell of bacon frying with the onions and celery my mom used in the best stuffing in the world
    this is my first visit – I will be back for many more – I like the “feel” of your blog

    • 2012/06/23 at 9:09 am #

      Thanks…and now I want some of my granny’s stuffing.

  185. 2012/06/23 at 5:42 am #

    Thanks for following. I love cooking too! Not just because of the wonderful memories it invokes, but because of the joy it can bring others when done well. Someday, I must write about the creations my grandma made using her wood stove.

  186. 2012/06/23 at 6:04 am #

    Thanks for the follow on my blog. Hubby does all the cooking in the RV and I have passed your blog on to him after salivating all over it.

  187. 2012/06/23 at 10:55 am #

    Hi Christine, I’m pleased to meet you. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and opting to follow it. I love to cook and being a mom and wife for over 40 years has given me lots of time to perfect my art. The kitchen is where it all happens in my home. I’m so glad to see a resurgence of families returning to their kitchens and cooking and eating together.

  188. 2012/06/23 at 12:10 pm #

    I too learned how to cook in my grandmother’s kitchen ! I read 3 of your posts at work last night and was laughing out loud. Especially the apples and viagra. How cute. I raised two boys myself. Thank you for the follow, and definitely following you now.

  189. 2012/06/23 at 3:41 pm #

    Your blog is laid out nicely … It makes me hungry.


  190. 2012/06/23 at 4:03 pm #

    As a born-and-raised Southerner, I love that there are others out there looking into fun and interesting ways to enjoy all of the good stuff we can whip up! Thanks for dropping by and following my page. The support will no doubt help me to grow and learn with my new blog.

    Also, I am going to be setting up a Nutrition section on my site. Would you mind if I linked to some of your pieces from time to time if they fit with what I’m trying to convey? I’d give you full credit, of course.

    Take care, and keep up the blogging!

    • 2012/06/23 at 4:08 pm #

      Yes, you may link to me….I appreciate it!

      • 2012/06/23 at 4:18 pm #

        Great, I’ll do that. Nice job on your site, too!

  191. 2012/06/23 at 6:20 pm #

    Hi, thanks for the follow. I love your blog, it’s incredible. I think I’ve found my new favorite blog. πŸ™‚

  192. jetr1
    2012/06/23 at 8:26 pm #

    very nice blog

  193. 2012/06/23 at 9:05 pm #

    Hi Christine,
    Thanks for following my blog.
    I am very impressed with yours. Enjoying food is a big part of my life. For you to love cooking and doing it so well is great. Greg is a lucky guy, I think!

    • 2012/06/23 at 9:51 pm #

      I am the lucky one that Greg puts up with my kitchen experiments, and that he lets me write about him and his, ummm, digestion..

  194. 2012/06/23 at 9:08 pm #

    Christine….Love your about me page. You write with passion…and it sounds like you cook with it too!

  195. 2012/06/23 at 11:04 pm #

    Hi Christine. Thanks for following my blog. We must be on the same wavelength as I’ve been getting into the cooking mode more lately, and after reading some of your posts I will have to come back and visit more. I especially like your “pithy” comments, and your sense of humor. Keep it up.

  196. 2012/06/24 at 2:28 am #

    I have to admit – I can’t stand cooking…. or food (but I eat anyway). But I love the way you write and especially that I can hear your accent through the writing! And maybe along the way I might find something that might change my mind about cooking. πŸ˜‰

  197. 2012/06/24 at 2:40 am #

    Hi there – thanks for visiting my blog. I love the way you write here. I’m also a passionate believer in the power of cooking (and the way it smells!) to bond families together.

  198. 2012/06/24 at 6:30 am #

    Hey, thanks for following and I am so following you back. I have a (mild) obsession with the south that just always seemed to be there. And I’m definitely following you back. Love this blog!

  199. 2012/06/24 at 7:00 am #

    what a great idea, I love food too and look forward to trying some of your recipes x

  200. 2012/06/24 at 2:38 pm #

    I’m so excited that your found me at Skydiaries!! I’m a major foodie, too! Food and writing (with a little wine thrown in)…the best kind of life!

  201. 2012/06/24 at 4:29 pm #


    First, thank you for stopping by my blog. It’s always a mood booster. I see this is all about food. Right up my alley. I love anything that lays on a plate. Well, practically. But my favorite is pizza. I have that three or four times a week. I would walk on broken glass for pizza and walk across a desert so if anyone has a killer recipe for pizza let me know. I have to go now.
    I just got a craving for pizza.

    Catch you on the flip flop—–Lee

  202. 2012/06/24 at 6:30 pm #

    Soup when someone’s sick…oh yes. Comfort. Love. In a great big bowl!

  203. katblogger
    2012/06/24 at 6:39 pm #

    Hey. Thanks for the follow. πŸ™‚ I react to smells the same way – and get some funny looks when I start sniffing the air. What else am I supposed to do when I smell something tasty? Anyway, good luck blogging.

  204. 2012/06/24 at 10:04 pm #

    Hey there! Thanks for following my blog. Glad you like the posts! I enjoyed reading yours as well. Another southerner who loves to eat and grill here..

  205. 2012/06/25 at 1:10 am #

    I have spent the last couple days in deep thought, splitting my time between writing and preparing for the first day of summer school tomorrow. I took a break to clear my mind and check out some of my new likers/followers and the first thing that catches my eye is “Beans Beans the Musical Fruit” and it just sent me into a laughing fit. Clever blog and just the distraction I needed right now!

  206. 2012/06/25 at 1:12 pm #

    Hi. We are so much alike, I got tears reading your “about”. Thanks for following. Love you already. K

  207. 2012/06/26 at 1:00 am #

    This post took me back to early mornings when my dad, who cooked us a hot breakfast every morning, would quietly slip into the kitchen, turn on the radio, and start making magic. I love creating meals from love too. Thanks for the memories.

  208. 2012/06/26 at 11:37 am #


    Thank you for stopping by my blog and following. I see you have two boys of your own. I’m sure you are always on the go, go, go. I can relate : ) Your blog with the pictures of delicious recipes looks superb! I already see some that I would like to try at home.



  209. 2012/06/26 at 11:54 am #

    Hi Christine,

    Thanks so much for following my blog and liking my post about newsletters. I am now following your blog via RSS feed and look forward to reading your posts.

    I am especially interested in your blog since I can barely boil water, so I’m always fascinated by food and cooking blogs.

    Happy blogging!


  210. 2012/06/26 at 3:27 pm #

    Gorgeous blog, Christine. I just wanted to reach through the computer and nom nom nom my way through most of your dishes! Bless xx

  211. 2012/06/27 at 6:52 am #

    Great blog! It’s really enjoyable to read. Thanks for following my blog (www.thefoodyogiblog.com). I’m now following yours too. Can’t wait to read more! πŸ™‚

  212. 2012/06/28 at 2:52 pm #

    I’ve really been enjoying your blog of recipes/food and so have the stomachs of my family! πŸ™‚ I’m dropping by to let you know that I’ve passed on the Illuminating Blogger Award to you. If you’re interested you can find the details here –> http://obscureddreamer.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/illuminating/

  213. 2012/06/29 at 12:14 am #

    Why is it that I can’t look at your blog without being called to my kitchen? You must be on to something here – like maybe a darn fine food blog…

  214. 2012/06/30 at 3:36 am #

    Thank you for following our blog. Appreciate it! πŸ™‚ Looks like we are going to have a lot of fun here – considering we both are learning to cook to save ourselves from dying of hunger πŸ˜‰

  215. 2012/06/30 at 8:11 am #

    I grew up in the South (St. Petersburg,Florida) and I used to hang around my mom when she was cooking. Your About Me page brought those memories back. Thanks!

    Also, thanks for stopping my Kammbia1 Blog.


  216. 2012/06/30 at 11:27 pm #

    thanks 4 following my blog. i loved hearing about u. what a wonderful gift your grandmother gave u.

  217. voluntaryfiber
    2012/07/01 at 5:39 pm #

    I’ve nominated you for two awards! Please see http://voluntaryfiber.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/doing-what-it-takes/ when you can. Congratulations!

  218. 2012/07/02 at 12:57 am #

    Oh my! You just gave me the most nostalgic feeling ever! I remember literally waking up to the smell of my grandmother’s incredible breakfasts. Isn’t it funny how the sense of smell and memory are connected? And you’re right…the smells were simply “fantastic”. I miss my grandmother so much… She taught me how to cook as well. As far back as I can remember I was cooking with her…I had to stand on a chair to reach the counter. Thanks for drumming up that precious memory, sweet lady!

  219. 2012/07/02 at 12:37 pm #

    Thanks for dropping by and I’m glad I dropped by yours. It was a bad idea to look at all of these delicious pictures on an empty stomach!

  220. 2012/07/04 at 6:43 pm #

    Thanks for dropping by my blog so I could discover yours. Food is so important to cultural and family identity. Thank you for your wonderful descriptions and sharing the memories and musings.

  221. 2012/07/04 at 7:02 pm #

    Hi! Thanks for following my blog! Yours is making me hungry! Very inspiring too. Thanks for sharing all that your happy words and recipes!

  222. 2012/07/04 at 10:05 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blogazine today! I’m hearing you on Southern food, but in my case, it was my mom who was the better cook than Nanny, who was a saint by the way!

    We had cornbread and fried potatoes with every meal! (it’s a wonder I’m not as big as a house). I’m originally from Kentucky and now reside in the Houston region.

    Regards! ~~ Dawne

  223. 2012/07/04 at 11:24 pm #

    Hi, Texana — Thanks for your interest in my blog. My father did the Southern cooking in our family (he was raised in Arkansas but we lived in California). After he was gone, I never tasted anything like it again — it was so good — until I stopped in South Carolina on my way to D.C. several years ago. Yum.

  224. rjblock
    2012/07/05 at 12:38 am #

    Christine – nice blog. Thanks for driving by mine.

    Let me know if you guys like minestrone soup – have a great recipe!

  225. jumeirajames
    2012/07/05 at 11:39 pm #

    I can’t seem to find your blog on Pasties, but here is a link for The Forfar Bridie.


    I’ve also posted a blog on ‘The One Holer’ – a type of pie that is a legend in Scotland.

  226. 2012/07/06 at 2:47 pm #

    I too have a Grandmother to blame for my Foodie tenancies:) We went in slightly different directions when I came to content though, she was a master baker and her cakes were HUGE and airy, while I veered more towards spices and combinations of vegetables that would have been unknown to her.

    My Grandad was the cause of her limited veggie experiments, he was of the generation that preferred to eat potatoes 360 days of the year, refused to eat pasta, liked rice to be pain boiled white and thought a salad was too exotic if it had a single olive in it LOL .

    Great to find a kindred spirit! I’ll be back πŸ™‚

    • 2012/07/06 at 3:13 pm #

      Ah, yes….many meat and potatoes men in my family…I swear my hubby and kids could eat meat and potatoes every night. 365 days a year….

  227. 2012/07/06 at 9:18 pm #

    Your recipes look yummy, but alas, I am not a cook. I never learned and don’t want to. However, I will pass on some of your recipes to my partner who loves to cook, thank goodness, or we would starve! Problem is, he’s a seat-of-the-pants cook and won’t follow recipes. I’ll have to push harder I suppose! πŸ™‚

    • 2012/07/06 at 10:04 pm #

      Maybe you’ll enjoy the stories, and your partner can find inspiration in the recipes…like him, I don’t use recipes either…I just write them for those that need to…

  228. 2012/07/06 at 9:26 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog, Christine. Mm, I too appreciate certain smells in the kitchen (vanilla, for example, and homemade gravey). You’re making me want to run to my grandmother’s house and politely demand food! πŸ˜‰

  229. 2012/07/06 at 11:53 pm #

    Congrats on being a mom who loves her kids–no matter what sex they are…I have a boy and a girl and love them both equally! They are adults now and still bring me so much joy in my life…hard to describe..I am a very lucky woman…even though I lost my husband/soul mate a couple of years ago…my children make me want to continue on…thanks for stopping by!

    • 2012/07/07 at 12:29 am #

      Oh, yeah….my kids are the end all, be all. They are every reason for everything!

  230. 2012/07/07 at 2:59 am #

    I hope you are cool with β€˜Awards’ because you have been nominated (by me) for β€˜One Lovely Blog Award’ !!!

    • 2012/07/09 at 10:43 am #

      Oh, thank you so much. It’s always nice to hear that my work is enjoyable to people!

  231. 2012/07/07 at 6:15 am #

    Thanks for following my blog, you are a frighteningly busy woman, all this cooking, blogging and living – don’t know how you do it, I have enough trouble squeezing a blog in around the ordinary day job. Happy cooking, and eating … Yum

    • 2012/07/07 at 10:10 am #

      I have a day job, too…..I’m a human resource director by day..and an obsessed foodie by night! Must. Get. Help. πŸ™‚

  232. 2012/07/07 at 8:18 am #

    Thank you for stopping by my blog; I may never have found your otherwise! Old fashioned Southern cooking, now that is something I can sink my teeth into…:) New England cuisine is my “thing” , although I think I have followed a cookbook recipe exactly twice!

  233. 2012/07/07 at 4:02 pm #

    Not everyone is fortunate enough to have such a wonderful granny. (Sniffle, sniffle.) I love Cream of Wheat, btw, and chicken and dumplings, … I don’t cook, so i enjoyed visiting you granny’s kitchen. And thanks for stopping by my writing blog and giving me that opportunity.

  234. 2012/07/07 at 4:13 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by ou blog! I just know my wife will start following you now. God bless!

  235. 2012/07/08 at 1:37 am #

    It’s nice to meet you in this world! I have enjoyed reading your story. Thank you for liking mine too x Jen

  236. 2012/07/08 at 2:50 am #

    Hi Christine – thanks for following my blog – I hope you’ll enjoy the content!

    As a FATman I have to be a foodie too >>> but maybe I go more for bulk than finesse >>> but not always – as in full English cooked breakfasts – or do you enjoy Duvel beer from Belgium for example? Thanks again! Adrian

  237. 2012/07/08 at 7:50 am #

    First, let me say thank you for following my blog, “Walking Back 2 Me”. It came as a surprise since I just finish it last night! πŸ™‚ I transferred everything over from blogspot and it’s made a difference already! Second, I have to say, love the name (my mom’s name is Christine as well). And your recipes look delish!

    Thank you again and God Bless you,

  238. 2012/07/08 at 7:54 am #

    Hello Texana! I thank you for liking my post (about Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza). The blog in which I put it was launched mere hours before you did. Sorry if I seem to be exaggerating this but I’m just so happy I just got my first likes. I’m happier looking at your blog though. I love food sites and visit them often. I think I’m gonna LOVE going through your posts. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  239. Dennis
    2012/07/08 at 9:58 am #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I like this. I love to grill. so will be keeping an eye out for a post on that.

  240. 2012/07/08 at 12:26 pm #

    Cream of Wheat. Lordy, I love me a good bowl of cream of wheat. When I was pregnant with my daughter I craved it 3 times a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Did you know that there are people in the world that don’t know what cream of wheat is!!!!!!!!!! It is mind-boggling πŸ˜‰

    Love your conversational writing style. Very easy to relate. And thank you for stopping by my blog, Nikki

  241. tangerinedey
    2012/07/08 at 3:43 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog. And since I love cooking and sampling new recipes, I’m going to enjoy visiting yours!
    Have a great day. πŸ™‚

  242. 2012/07/12 at 3:07 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog! You have some very tasty looking recipes there. And a great sense of humor, too! Your posts are very entertaining to read!

  243. Laurie Cosbey
    2012/07/12 at 10:38 pm #

    I really appreciate your sense of humor! Thanks for the smiles!

  244. Kevin Brown
    2012/07/13 at 10:44 am #

    Would love to have you as a guest blogger and share some of your recipies on our Liberation Wellness blog site.

  245. Kevin Brown
    2012/07/13 at 2:50 pm #

    We would like to see if you are interested in doing a guest blog on our blog site.

  246. 2012/07/13 at 6:10 pm #

    Cool blog! Do you listen to “Splendid Table?”

    Thank you for following my blog, “http://cadmefoghlamthainniu.wordpress.com!”


  247. onceuponascroll
    2012/07/13 at 6:59 pm #

    Thank you so much. I saw that you decided to follow me, which I guess means you really liked my work. I am not going to lie: that makes me really happy. It’s a little bit success-feeling, but mostly the people-enjoy-what-I-do-ness. I hope I can continue to make stuff you love to see come up on your dash. If you have feedback (criticism that can be anything from β€œit sucked” to β€œthe zeitgeist was off”) I would love it. Keep in touch! And thank you again. – Jacob Levin

  248. 2012/07/15 at 9:54 pm #

    Hello there,

    Thanks for following my blog. I am eager to investigate yours. People are saying great things about the recipes!

  249. reigh
    2012/07/18 at 1:31 pm #

    Thanks for the follow! As a lover of food myself….looking forward to seeing what goodies come through here. Cheers!

  250. bmpiller
    2012/07/21 at 10:47 pm #

    I grew up with 7 sisters and raised 3 boys. It’s fun seeing the world through their eyes. When they were little, if they balked about eating their veggies, I would tell them the green beans were lizard tails, and the peas were frogs eyes, and they would eat them up just to play along. They all grew up loving to cook as much as I do.

    From a fellow Texan – Thanks for the memories!

    • 2012/07/21 at 11:17 pm #

      The nuns at my elementary school used to tell us that peas would make our hair curly. I’m still waiting…

  251. 2012/07/23 at 7:20 am #

    Huh. Peas. On Saturdays, my mum used to make pea soup for lunch – thick, green, Dutch style, with that particular slightly dusty, cardboard smell which split peas give off when cooked. And there would be some bacon in it somewhere, usually (deliberately!) quite fatty. Trouble was, I used to go down to the local playground on Saturday mornings, and spend a lot of time on the swings and the merry-go-round, as well as climbing the occasional tree. By the time I went home, I was a little tired, dizzy, headache-y … after I had been sick once (no-one was ever sick in our house) I was excused the pea soup on Saturdays. My siblings were green with envy.

    I have had pea soup – cautiously – as an adult, but it wasn’t the same item. Much thinner, with only the odd split pea floating in it to warn me of its origins. They say peas – a cheap and plentiful source of protein – are the foundation of western European civilisation. Didn’t seem very civilised to me.

    • 2012/07/23 at 7:42 am #

      Oh, that pea soup smell…..blech. when I was a kid, I hated it. Stenchy. But luckily I was never made to eat it. Nowadays, I love it. The smell of the smoked ham hock simmering away with the peas and some carrot. Yum. But I always loved to eat plain old green peas….the nuns at my school used to tell us that peas would make our hair curly.

  252. 2012/07/23 at 7:55 am #

    And … ? Not sure it worked.

    • 2012/07/23 at 10:54 am #

      Nope…I still have to pay $120 every six months if I want my hair curly! So let me set this straight. Nuns. Lied. To children. To make them eat peas.

  253. 2012/07/23 at 10:54 am #

    Thanks! Welcome aboard!

  254. 2012/07/23 at 11:00 am #

    I’m shocked. They’re teachers. Why couldn’t they give you some helpful advice?

    I eat my peas with honey
    I’ve done it all my life
    It makes the peas taste funny
    But it keeps them on the knife

    Thanks to Ogden Nash for some real advice. Trust a poet.

    • 2012/07/23 at 12:38 pm #

      Ah yes…My dad always said that one..and also:

      Grandma has a habit,
      of chewing in her sleep.
      She chews on Grandpa’s whiskers
      and thinks it’s Shredded Wheat.

    • 2012/07/23 at 12:42 pm #

      The nuns used to pick up and shake our milk cartons as we were headed to the trash to dump our trays–to make sure we weren’t trying to throw away any food. My friend Yvonne was so opposed to eating peas, she once crammed a bunch of them up her nose to avoid eating them. Epic Fail! She had to go to the ER to get them extracted, and wound up catching pneumonia….

      • 2012/07/23 at 5:41 pm #

        “Why did the kids put beans in their ears?
        No one can hear with beans in their ears.
        After a while the reason appears:
        They did it ‘cos we said “No”!”

        from The Fantasticks

      • 2012/07/23 at 5:46 pm #


  255. 2012/07/23 at 3:44 pm #

    I’m a big foodie too! A nearby state fair is coming up soon and I am oh so ready to take on the variety of new foods!

  256. 2012/07/23 at 10:33 pm #

    hey Christine nice blog, I just had a quick squiz and will be back again to plunder ideas and recipes. Thanks for dropping by Food Ninja and you are welcome back anytime. I hope to get organised with recipes soon so feel free to help yourself

  257. 2012/07/24 at 2:20 am #

    Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Go to http://www.jimmyandcha.wordpress.com for details.

  258. 2012/07/26 at 9:27 pm #

    Christine, I nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. I enjoy your blog immensely.

  259. 2012/07/27 at 9:14 pm #

    Hey – I enjoy your blog. I can see others do too! I’ve given you the One Lovely Blog award today. Thanks for sharing!

  260. 2012/07/28 at 4:15 am #

    I’m always happy to meet a fellow Texan! Go Rangers! πŸ˜‰ And I love your site btw. I get lazy with my meals and yours look great! Can’t wait to try!

  261. 2012/07/28 at 5:49 pm #

    Thank you for visiting my blog site! I very much look forward to familiarizing myself with your work. (I wonder, if I would be considered a “fellow Texan” – I lived in Austin, Texas for 8 years and loved every one of them.)

  262. 2012/07/29 at 4:52 pm #

    Seeing all the wonderful food and trying new things out is fantastic. I am nominating you for Inspiring Blogger Award


  263. 2012/07/29 at 7:00 pm #

    Another Texan who likes to cook. Well met!

  264. 2012/07/29 at 11:34 pm #

    Thanks so much for subbing my blog. Especially when it will probably never have anything to do with making fine cuisine!

  265. 2012/07/30 at 3:55 pm #

    Hi Christine. I just stopped by to thank you for following my blog. It always gives me a real lift! So, thank you for doing that for me. πŸ™‚

  266. 2012/07/31 at 8:57 am #

    Hi, thanks for the follow! Just reading some of your posts, I enjoy baking and may try a few things out! Oh, and one you might like – chocolate bread and butter pudding, it’s lovely!
    EJ πŸ™‚

  267. 2012/07/31 at 11:07 am #

    Hey, thanks for the follow! I just started a couple days ago, so I’m still in the hop-up-and-down-over-everything stage. I really appreciate your stopping by.

  268. 2012/07/31 at 11:28 am #

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes.

  269. 2012/07/31 at 4:23 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Your stories remind me of my dad. He, too, could whip up concoctions with whatever was available in the cubbard. Now if he’d just learned to cleanup afterwards… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  270. 2012/08/02 at 5:39 am #

    Thanks for following my blog. I love cooking too, but rarely get the time to do much these days. I look forward to keeping up with your posts.

    Sorry about the late response. I’ve been on hiatus.

  271. 2012/08/02 at 5:26 pm #

    Oh that pulled pork looks amazing!!!

  272. 2012/08/02 at 7:33 pm #

    So glad to find your page. Look forward to exploring it.

  273. 2012/08/03 at 7:55 pm #

    This looks like an interesting blog. Delicious too! Thanks for visiting my blog http://www.letusbefrank.wordpress. You may also want to visit my other blog http://www.livingthekingdom.wordpress.com. I may find a recipe on your blog to try and surprise my wife with. Thanks!!

  274. 2012/08/03 at 11:41 pm #

    Thanks for checking out my blog! I’m glad you liked it. I love your about page…I feel as if I’m in your Granny’s kitchen. Reading it brought back my own memories of growing up and times with my grown children. Thank you.

  275. 2012/08/04 at 2:59 pm #

    Yum..I can see myself gaining weight with these fabulous recipes! πŸ˜‰

    • 2012/08/04 at 4:03 pm #

      The calories don’t count if you eat standing up! πŸ™‚

  276. 2012/08/04 at 11:15 pm #

    Hi Christine, thanks for visiting and following my blog. Your recipes look amazing, and I was salivating over your post about ice cream (I looovve ice cream!) Such unique flavours you came up with.

  277. 2012/08/05 at 9:53 am #

    I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! Congratulation!


  278. Pops Leathers
    2012/08/07 at 11:57 pm #

    Thank you so very much for stopping by, if you need any leather apparel, you know where to come!! Thanks for all the great memories of grandma’s kitchen smells, she taught me alot about cooking. all of that is now just great memories, it makes you long for days gone by, those were the best, I think there is some of that in all of us! http://www.popsleathers.com.

  279. 2012/08/08 at 1:00 pm #

    Thanks for joining my blog. I too am looking at my big kids and realizing what that means about me– and I wonder, “when did THAT happen?”

    Those ice cream flavors are out of this world, BTW.

  280. 2012/08/08 at 11:51 pm #

    Spreading The Sunshine: Hello! I just wanted you to know that you inspire me in so many ways and because I think that your blog is so Fan-tabulous I have nominated you for the “Inspiring Blog Award” … Share the love by visiting http://t.co/2eRwqwDj to view the details. Much Love & Many Blessings πŸ™‚

  281. 2012/08/09 at 4:47 pm #

    I’ve just nominated you for a couple of blogging awards. Check out my next post! Congrats!

  282. 2012/08/10 at 7:04 pm #

    Hi Christine – I’m nominating you for One Lovely Blogger Award! Should you wish to accept, please copy & paste the award from my site and follow the rules described in my latest post.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  283. 2012/08/11 at 3:14 pm #


    Thanks for following http://graduworks.wordpress.com! You might be interested in this resource I just discovered in my research of Irish-American women, mothers, and writers:

    Diner, Hasia R. Hungering for America: Italian, Irish & Jewish Foodways in the Age of Immigration. Cambridge, MA: Harvard U P, 2002.

    Enjoy, Susan

  284. 2012/08/11 at 6:49 pm #

    Hey Christine! Thanks for checking out my latest post and signing up to follow my blog. Yours looks very interesting…food is one of my FAVORITE topics πŸ™‚


  285. 2012/08/11 at 9:31 pm #

    Hi, Christine. I hopped over to thank you for following my blog, but, of course, I had to stop to read a while. I love what you say about your Granny and all the memories — especilly the smells. I am 64 years old, but still to this day, every time I smell green peppers cooking, I am instantly transported to my Grandpa’s little kitchen where that smell was part of virtually every recipe when I was in grade school. It never fails to make me happy. There are so many other delicious smells and memories as well, but that one always comes to mind first.

    A very tasty blog you have here!

  286. Anna Scott Graham
    2012/08/11 at 11:03 pm #

    Hi Christine. My love for bread started right in my grandma’s silver-bullet trailer, fresh from her oven. Then there’s warm rice topped with vanilla ice cream, which made it into one of my novels. Or just sitting in her spacious garden, eating strawberries right from the runners. Such yummy and precious memories stir my love for cooking, so wonderful to read yours!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog; hope you enjoy the posts! πŸ™‚

  287. 2012/08/14 at 6:08 pm #

    Just wanted to say thanks for following my food blog. I hope you are enjoying the recipes.

  288. 2012/08/15 at 7:04 am #

    Your home page has an interesting format and I like the colors. Good job with the “About” text as well.

  289. 2012/08/15 at 8:49 am #

    Thank you, Christine, for following my blog. You a funny lady! I will enjoy meandering through your posts. My nana, too, was the one who influenced my love of food and cooking.
    Oven-browned potatoes shiny with pan drippings, Swedish pancakes and lingonberries, ice cold whole milk in a glass bottle…mmm-mmm!

  290. 2012/08/15 at 4:12 pm #

    My grandmother fixed us breakfast every morning before we went to school (because my mom was a working mom). How nice to find someone else so connected to food through family.

  291. 2012/08/17 at 5:13 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog. I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to check out your blog. You have some really interesting recipes here! I’m looking forward to following your blog as well. Thanks again!

  292. 2012/08/19 at 4:06 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog and following along, I checked yours out and when I realized it was about food I got so excited! I am a horrible cook, I’m loooking forward to following along and trying out some of your recipes.

  293. 2012/08/19 at 7:18 pm #

    Thank you so much for following my blog! I too have wonderful memories of food with my grandmother – silly things like tinned peach halves with cream, soft white rolls with butter and golden syrup, chocolate chip cookies still hot from the oven… happy days! I love your sense of humour and look forward to reading more of your blog.

  294. 2012/08/22 at 9:14 am #

    Hi Christine! Just wanted to say thanks for checking out my blog πŸ™‚ I love food (and wine) and do a lot of baking, and my husband is an amazing cook. Like you, we both enjoy sharing these things with our children – and at age four, our twins are quite familiar with being in the kitchen. I look forward to reading your posts.

  295. 2012/08/22 at 9:51 am #

    Thank you for following my blog. I love your writing! I’ll be checking back often.

  296. 2012/08/22 at 12:26 pm #

    Hey Christine. Just coming by to thank you for following my blog! I love all of your recipes and the stories that go along with them. I can’t wait to make the porcupine balls for my family. πŸ˜€

  297. 2012/08/23 at 12:49 pm #

    Thanks for the follow. Just catching up on our blog now. Love connecting with fellow foodies. Xxxx

  298. 2012/08/23 at 3:18 pm #

    I have nominated you for an Inspiring blog award! All info on my blog (week 53.5) if you want to have a look.
    EJ πŸ™‚

  299. Hi Christine, thank you for visiting and following my blog; I am honoured. I have to say that I love your blog – you are a very witty and entertaining writer. Looking forward to your next post. Xx P

  300. changeforbetterme
    2012/08/25 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi! I just nominated you for “The Beautiful Blogger Award”. I think it’s well deserved! The rules are easy. Thank the person who nominated you.( http://jlroeder.wordpress.com ), tell us 7 things about yourself and nominate 7 other beautiful bloggers! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  301. 2012/08/30 at 4:42 pm #

    Oboy, I’m going to have stay off this site until I finish my cleansing fast or lose a hundred pounds, whichever comes first. Lol! Such great food and thanks for visiting my blog!

  302. 2012/08/31 at 10:50 pm #

    Your Granny knew a secret that Zenna Henderson wrote about in a short story called “Love Every Third Stir”: the power to soothe or heal comes from the heart, not the spice cabinet.

  303. 2012/09/01 at 10:24 am #

    Though I am not a foodie, I do appreciate food. I appreciate your heritage and passion for cooking, and thanks for the follow!
    Happy Pages,

  304. safarigirl
    2012/09/03 at 12:39 pm #

    Very tasty and entertaining cooking stories! Thanks for the follow. Love what you’re doing. Keep it up.

  305. 2012/09/03 at 5:34 pm #

    Wow, what a site you have here. I can’t believe you found my site. I do love to eat, so I have a lot to enjoy here. Thanks again for visiting me and I’ll look forward to reading more of YOUR interesting titles. A good title is half the fun of writing an article.

  306. 2012/09/04 at 2:08 am #

    Thank you for following Writing Between the Lines. I am looking forward to following your blog too.

  307. 2012/09/04 at 12:43 pm #

    Christine: Thank you for visiting and following mylifeasasquirrel. I visited your blog and I wholeheartedly agree that home cooking is an act of love. I enjoyed reading about your boys and their vocabulary. Your recipes look very tempting even for someone who does not eat red meat and has to follow a gluten free diet… oh, well!

  308. 2012/09/05 at 5:54 pm #

    Christine, thanks for following my blog. I am enjoying poking around yours. I am afraid I am not foodie, other than I like to eat, and I’m definitely not much of a cook. But I like to live vicariously through the Food Network and it looks like I can do the same here. πŸ™‚ I don’t mind baking…might have to try that Key Lime Pie. Great stories, too, by the way.

    • 2012/09/05 at 8:36 pm #

      More than just recipes here..at least that’s what I aim for. Some good ol fashioned story telling to entertain the non foodies! And maybe some history or science lessons from time to time…

  309. 2012/09/09 at 9:14 pm #

    I love your blog! – defiantly going to be checking back often! – Thanks for following ours! πŸ™‚

  310. patriciaddrury
    2012/09/16 at 10:14 am #

    Phew! My finger is tired from scrolling down all these wonderful comments… You are a rock star and I just found you! Loved reading the home page titles, gave me the giggles and as I like to say “I have sore cheeks from laughing”. Thanks for stopping by my blog and you have another follower. Love food, whimsy and you are a fantastic story teller… cha ching! A bonus for me. πŸ™‚

    • 2012/09/16 at 11:11 am #

      Oh, thank you so much….I can’t say I don’t have a lot of fun writing it! Truth is funnier than fiction, I say.

  311. 2012/09/16 at 8:43 pm #

    Hi Christine — glad to hear you enjoyed my blog. Can’t wait to go through all your food posts. If you’re interested in different food cultures and traditions — you might enjoy another post I wrote where I ate fertilized duck egg in Vietnam. http://thekoofamily.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/what-the-duck-or-eggs-otic-gastronomy/
    Let me know what you think!

    • 2012/09/16 at 10:33 pm #

      I actually read that post a while back! Food cultures is my passion, and southeast Asian is my very favorite!

  312. 2012/09/20 at 2:13 pm #

    Sorry it’s taken me a few months to say it, but thanks for being a loyal follower of my blog! Your support means so much : ) P.S. Thanks for the recipes- definitely trying out the beer, bacon & jalapeno brittle this winter…

  313. Penny
    2012/10/03 at 3:15 am #

    Christine, if you are in Dallas, or near Dallas, we gotta meet up.

  314. 2012/10/15 at 10:34 pm #

    Hi Christine! thanks for the follow on http://thepiggybankassassins.wordpress.com/

    My wife’s a foodie too and I…well I just love to eat her cooking! Your blog should help me put the bug in her ear for some more yummy ideas!

  315. 2012/10/15 at 11:14 pm #

    Hi Christine! I’m totally stoked to see your blog.

    I lived in Texas for long enough to officially be a Texan and whilst I don’t miss the humidity in Houston (chewy air has never been tasty to me), I miss the hell out of the food.

    • 2012/10/15 at 11:37 pm #

      Ugh…the humidity in Houston IS gnarly! I’m from Corpus Christi, and it’s no better. But here in te Hill Country, very pleasant!

  316. 2012/10/16 at 11:43 am #

    thank you for the follow and like. I hope you enjoy. My wife will love your recipes and we will be by often

  317. 2012/10/16 at 2:33 pm #

    Hey, thanks to Christine Friesenhahn for liking and following my blog, http://insertmyfeed.wordpress.com .. Thanks again, much appreciated.. Always nice to welcome another to the fold… o.O

  318. 2012/10/17 at 5:03 am #

    Thanks for following my blog, Christine. I’m going to try out some of your recipes. Love the grills and those cheesy stuff. Yum!

  319. 2012/10/27 at 2:14 pm #

    Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know
    a few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not
    sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

  320. Kendra's Journey
    2012/11/05 at 1:27 pm #

    Thanks for the follow! Remember to Always Enjoy the Journey!

  321. 2012/11/05 at 10:05 pm #

    Thank you for following. I have returned the compliment. I think we will get along famously! πŸ™‚ Happy writing!

  322. Greg
    2012/11/07 at 4:27 pm #

    It’s been a little over a year that my wife has been cooking and writing this blog. She’s still going strong and she is more talented then anyone I know! I love you babe, you’re my rock! Keep up the great work!

  323. jenyjohn
    2012/11/21 at 10:10 pm #

    hi Christine….. first let me thank you for following my blog… it is such an inspiration when the number of followers grow day by day…and secondly., I would love to say, you just have an amazing blog here and it is so interesting…..Gosh….just a glance and I fell for it….you have one more follower to your list !!!! ……

  324. 2012/11/22 at 11:55 pm #

    Hi, thanks for dropping by my blog!! I definitely share your passion for food!! Have a wonderful day!!

  325. 2012/11/23 at 2:53 pm #

    I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award. What does this mean? Not sure… You need to answer some questions and stuff… Suss my post on the award.

  326. literaryphoenix
    2012/11/28 at 9:51 pm #

    wow! Hi I love your website, made my mouth water πŸ™‚ and thank you for joining me in my journey!

  327. 2012/11/29 at 8:24 am #

    I love the titles of your post. I tried to choose a favorite, but was unsuccessful. Being a fellow foodie, I am now a fan of Texana’s Kitchen πŸ˜‰

    • 2012/11/29 at 10:09 am #

      I think my favorite was from last Christmas, which will be repeated next week on Take Two Tuesday—it was titled “Santa and The Elves Are Cookie Thievin’ Sugar Junkies”……It was about my husband and kids.

      Also, “About A Boy, A Tape Measure, And A Foot Long Weenie”, but mostly because it was the funniest story that my youngest child ever gave us….

  328. 2012/11/30 at 12:29 pm #

    Hi! Apologises for taking so long to thank you for supporting and following my blog. I am thoroughly new to it and still finding my way. I’d like to return the call, but one look at cheese, and creamy things. Big sigh, but my heart’s not going to last the next 30 years on that. Back to the veg, and fruit, whole grains.

  329. 2012/12/06 at 9:43 pm #

    Looks like I will be cooking tonight:)

  330. 2012/12/15 at 8:47 pm #

    hello! I author The San Marcos Food blog I really enjoy your posts and your the only blog I actually follow hehe.. If you ever wanted to do a guest spot on my blog I would really enjoy that.. I don’t know if you are close to san marcos or not but if you ever wanted to review something or just do a guest blog spot, like I said I would love that.. would not really ask most people to do that but you have won me over with your blog hehe..

    • 2012/12/17 at 9:06 pm #

      Hey! I’d love to do a guest post sometime..I live about an hour and 15 minutes from San Marcos…in fact, I use to write for the newspaper there, until Jeff Walker took a job with another paper. I loved writing for it, because my sometimes tawdry style works great with the college audience…not so much with church ladies. Anytime you have need, let me know!

  331. 2012/12/17 at 9:31 pm #

    Wonderful! That is quite awesome that you used to write around here! and my demographics are actually perfect for you since its largely based around the 18-24 age group.. I am out of the country at the moment and will be back on Jan. 1st.. I will be sure to get into contact with you then and we can hammer out the specifics and all that.. This should be some fun πŸ™‚

  332. 2012/12/28 at 4:40 pm #

    Hi Christine, thanks for following my blog and also for bringing me to yours. Love your stories and recipes!! Look forward to get more inspiration πŸ™‚ Lou

  333. 2012/12/31 at 3:14 pm #

    Hi Christine! I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. It was my way of acknowledging you and to let you know how you inspire me. 1. Display the award image on your blog. 2. Link back to the person who nominated you. 3. State 7 things about yourself. 4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and link to their sites. 5. Notify the bloggers that they have been nominated and link to the post. Thank you for all your wonderful posts and congratulations!

  334. 2013/01/14 at 6:25 am #

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and following it. I too have fond memories of my Granny making special snacks for us kiddos growing up. She used to make “berries and cream” – home made short bread of some sort drizzled with cream, sugar,and fresh picked berries from her garden! My mom used to make home made cookies for me after school and would spell my name in icing on top of them. So special and so good! I look forward to reading your posts and recipes!

  335. 2013/01/14 at 8:14 am #

    Thanks for supporting my blog. I enjoy your wit as much as your recipes! Looking forward to more good eats!



  336. 2013/01/16 at 7:17 pm #

    I can so identify with the Southern cooking memories!! Lots of yummy food was eagerly ate up by this Southern girl!

  337. Shannon
    2013/02/05 at 8:03 am #

    Thanks for following my blog! I’m having fun poking around yours, and I am drooling over a few recipes already. That peanut butter pie is deadly!

    • 2013/02/05 at 8:08 am #

      Thanks! You know, if you eat it standing up, the calories are negated!

      • Shannon
        2013/02/05 at 8:38 am #

        Genius! I just got 10 pounds thinner thinking about that.

  338. 2013/02/12 at 12:27 pm #

    Thanks for the follow! I’m looking forward to reading your blog. It seems you put a lot of humor into your entries, love that!

  339. 2013/02/14 at 6:47 pm #

    Hi Christine. Thanks for checking out my blog and liking a post.

    You blog looks great. I look forward to browsing through your recipes and reading your hilarious musings. πŸ™‚

  340. amatterofinstinct
    2013/03/25 at 12:44 pm #

    I am going to die of your sense of humour! You are a scream. Looking forward to your posts in my reader.

    • 2013/03/25 at 2:47 pm #

      Oh, thank you! It’s the highest compliment to hear that I made someone laugh…… πŸ™‚

  341. Kablee
    2013/03/25 at 3:39 pm #

    Happy Monday Christine! I nominated you for a Leibster Blog Award! Check out my post below for details and instructions…I look forward to reading your responses!


    – Ka Ning

  342. 2013/04/04 at 9:04 am #

    Lovely Blog Christine and thank you for follow me πŸ™‚ I’ll keep a close eye in yours too

  343. 2013/04/04 at 6:29 pm #

    Hey Christine!

    I am thrilled to inform you that I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check it out here at http://divadicucina.com/awards/

    Congratulations and keep on bloggy blogging!

    Diva di Cucina

  344. inesusan
    2013/04/13 at 5:12 am #

    I just saw that you are follow me so I came by. What an awsom blog . I am so hungry now and I will come back that is for sure .

  345. 2013/04/13 at 2:07 pm #

    Hi Christine. I love your blog and have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award. Details are here http://travelwithintent.com/2013/04/13/sweet-blogging-award/
    if you choose to accept. Happy continued blogging. Debbie

  346. 2013/04/23 at 4:34 pm #

    Hey, I just nominated you for the Liebster Award! Please check out my post for the details:http://ricorambles.wordpress.com/

  347. 2013/04/24 at 1:48 pm #

    I mentioned your delectable website in my recent post. You’ve gotten a few Liebster ‘awards’ before, but as I frequent your site for recipes, I wanted to let you know of my lurking. Keep up the wonderful work.

  348. 2013/04/24 at 3:24 pm #

    Your blog is great! Your writing is quite funny and I love the titles to your posts! Thanks for your visit! And follow!!

  349. 2013/05/03 at 12:15 am #

    Hi !
    I β™₯ your blog and I have nominated you with SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGERS AWARD!
    It’s ok whether you choose to join in or not; just wanna thank you for the great blog that you put up. I’m totally enjoying reading your posts daily β™₯

  350. 2013/05/04 at 9:28 am #

    Hi Christine. I love your blog. I read your post Salmon Enchanted Evening and it sounds as though your grandma was such a dear! I grew up on southern cooking…my mom cooked wonderful southern dinners. (we lived in Arkansas) I look forward to reading your blog on a regular basis! And thank you for following mine!

  351. 2013/05/04 at 9:56 am #

    Thanks so much for following my blog! You’re looks DELICIOUS and I can’t wait to see your future posts in my reader!!! Happy fooding!

  352. 2013/05/04 at 5:56 pm #

    I am a bit speechless as I look at your pictures. If you read my post “The Kitchen” (February 2013) you will see how I can barely pull off a piece of toast. I have always been impressed by people who can not only cook – but who can cook well.

  353. monkeyfacekim
    2013/05/18 at 6:34 pm #

    Hi Christine! I’ve nominated you for an award! Check it out for more details: http://thewritingmonkey.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/super-sweet-blogging-award/

    • 2013/05/18 at 11:44 pm #

      Thanks so much…I do appreciate it. I apologize that I don’t have the bandwidth right now to respond, but hopefully soon…

      • Anonymous
        2013/05/29 at 7:55 pm #

        Christine I seriously almost fell out of my chair reading your husbands information about his methane gas experimentation. You are damn funny and I am sure your talent is on it’s way to far bigger investigations and creative expressions beyond our everday methane.

  354. 2013/06/12 at 12:43 am #

    Thanks for following my travel, language and architecture blog, Christine! If you have any suggestions for topics, please let me know.

    Also, jalapeΓ±o cheese bread doesn’t appear enough in the Northeast. I will sheepishly admit that Au Bon Pain (a sandwich and baked goods chain) was the last place I tried bread with jalapeΓ±os in it. And I’m in NYC for the time being so that’s pathetic!

  355. 2013/06/22 at 8:02 pm #

    Thank you for following my blog. Yours looks awesome, and I will have to check out your recipes.

    All the Best!

    ~Jessica Carmindi~

  356. 2013/07/05 at 8:07 am #

    Hi – I promised to send all of my followers a Haiku. So here’s yours!

    Sweat glistening,

    A yellow ball of heat.

    Sunshine at last.

  357. 2013/07/11 at 12:27 am #

    Hello Christine! Thanks for the follow on Sugarfree Sweetheart! Being new at blogging, it really helps when an experienced blogger shows interest! πŸ™‚ I’ve been reading through yours and wow you have a knack for funny! Looking forward to your posts!
    Cheers, Priya

  358. 2013/07/11 at 11:57 am #

    Christine, your food looks so delicious! We are going to have to try some of these. Thank you for following the 4feet2mouths travel & food blog. We appreciate you as a reader!

  359. 2013/07/12 at 8:56 am #

    Hi Christine,
    Thanks for following my blog. I love your post “About Me” for I, too, had a Nanny whose kitchen was the heart of the home & everything thing she made had Love as the main ingredient. How wonderful you are carrying on such an important tradition of nourishing your loved ones on so many levels!

  360. 2013/07/19 at 2:05 pm #

    This was so awesome to read. I am originally from Europe and lived in Tennessee until moving to Texas about a year ago. It was definitely like experiencing another culture shock when I arrived!

  361. 2013/07/22 at 7:12 am #

    Hi Christine–thanks for following my blog. Yours will inspire me to spend a little more time in my kitchen! : )

  362. 2013/09/09 at 4:46 pm #

    Great Blog !! Lookin’ forward to reading more from you !! Stay hungry !! πŸ™‚

  363. 2013/09/17 at 9:10 am #


    WordPress says you and I are similar….at least our blogs are. Holy cow, were they right…a good southern girl, with a love for incredible sensory memories from the kitchen, including chicken n dumplins (my absolute all-time fav) and a woman that appreciates good wine!!! I feel like I’ve found the sister I never had!!! πŸ˜‰ That’s where we part…I had two brothers, you had sisters. Check out my blog and let me know what you think….takecarecher. I would value your opinion because I love yours and I’m very much a newbie, but I love to write and it’s cathartic for me. I’m trying to not talk and think food constantly right now because I joined Weight Watchers, but I can’t help myself. I hope to hear back from you.

  364. 2013/10/25 at 4:55 am #

    Nice meeting you and THX for the follow. Can’t wait to start sharing recipes πŸ™‚

  365. 2013/12/22 at 6:23 am #

    HI. I know this is going to come at you out of the blue, but I have nominated you for the ‘Very Inspiring Bloggers Award’. Why? Because you were my first follower, and thus you inspired me to continue to blog. Besides, you have some very inspiring recipes here!
    To accept the award, just visit http://crimsonprose.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/when-the-unexpected/. Terms of Acceptance are at the bottom of post; the award jpg can be lifted from my about page. Well done, and thank you for that first ‘follow’.

  366. Abstemious Gluttony
    2014/01/04 at 11:09 am #

    Ms. Friesenhahn—
    I arrived at your blog a couple of weeks back and am pleased as punch to have done so. Your recipes are clear and thorough, and your writing style and curiosity about the history/sources of your topics are wonderfully reminiscent of Molly O’Neill’s when she wrote the food column for the Sunday New York Times. (This is meant, you understand, as the highest compliment.)
    December 24-25, I had a go at your Texas Red, maque choux and guacamole and, ma’am, a tableful of New York Jews with a taste for Southern cooking could not have been more rapturously satisfied.
    Looking forward to an ongoing engagement with your blog and two-stepping with your recipes. Thank you for sharing your interest in, knowledge of and passion for the delectatious.

  367. Abstemious
    2014/01/04 at 6:16 pm #

    Ms. Friesenhahn—
    I arrived at your blog a couple of weeks back, and am pleased as punch to have done so. Your recipes are clear and thorough, and your writing style and curiosity about the history/sources of your topics are wonderfully reminiscent of Molly O’Neill’s when she wrote the food column for the New York Times Sunday Magazine. (This is meant, you understand, as the highest compliment.
    December 24-25, I had a go at your Texas Red, Maque Choux and Guacamole and, ma’am, a table full of New York Jews with a taste for Southern cooking could not have been more rapturously satisfied.
    Looking forward to a continued engagement with the blog and ongoing two-stepping with your recipes.
    Thank you for sharing your interest in, knowledge of and passion for all things delectatious.

    • 2014/01/04 at 8:11 pm #

      Oh, that is so awesome. I love to hear when people have tried and enjoyed my recipes. Food is, I believe, the great uniter.

  368. 2014/01/12 at 8:26 pm #

    I’ve just nominated you for the WordPress Family Award. Even if you don’t “do” awards, I hope it’s okay for me to leave your blog name on my list of ten blogs I love.

    • 2014/01/13 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank you. I appreciate it. I haven’t participated in these for a while. Maybe if I get the time this week I’ll play along.

  369. 2014/02/26 at 8:42 pm #

    I’d like to invite you to participate in a new challenge that I am hosting at thewanderinggourmand.com to bring together the beer, wine, and food blogging worlds. As you may know, each month I host a Beer Versus Wine Pairing Challenge inviting readers to suggestion their perfect pairing with a monthly dish. I decided to make the challenge even more engaging by turning the challenge into a contest with bragging rights. Each month a dish will be presented. Bloggers have a week to post their perfect pairing and why in the comments section. The following week, I will summarize the comments in a post for a vote. The winner not only earns bragging rights but also the honor of coming up with the following month’s dish.

    Right now the contest will be hosted at thewanderinggourmand.com. Future plans involve a breakout sight and a badge to post back on your blog. I welcome you to join the challenge as it begins today with Beer Battered Fish (http://thewanderinggourmand.com/2014/02/26/beer-battered-fish-pairing/).


  370. 2014/03/25 at 1:35 am #

    Thank you for following me at Triggershorse. Your recipes look delicious, and I will enjoy reading more of them. – Fawn

  371. 2014/05/18 at 12:58 pm #

    I nominated you for an award. To read about it, follow the link http://wisdomfromafather.com/2014/05/18/hall-of-shame/

  372. 2014/10/09 at 8:09 am #

    Haven’t seen anything in awhile. Hope everything is okay. I miss your wit and recipes.

  373. Yours Truly
    2014/10/17 at 9:13 am #

    Your fans await baby! We need to free up some time at home!

  374. 2014/12/13 at 6:04 pm #

    Thanks for following me at Healthchat. My Granny cooked on a wood stove and her fried chicken was the best,

  375. 2015/02/22 at 3:55 pm #

    I wanted to stop by and say thank you for following my blog. I’m looking forward to seeing you in my blog feed πŸ™‚

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