Remembering Dad, Family and Vanilla Muffins

As I sifted the flour, baking powder and salt and beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract together, I thought about a mother making muffins for her young son who would grow up to become a man, an airman in the Air Force, a husband, an attorney, a father of three boys, a scoutmaster, and a grandfather. Continue reading Remembering Dad, Family and Vanilla Muffins

African Peanut Soup

I think my mother introduced me to the African Peanut Soup at the Brushmark Restaurant at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Since my first exposure to peanut soup, I’ve tried many variations which include yams or sweet potatoes. The soup shares a history with the slave trade here in North America making it a notable contribution of African American cuisine. While I enjoy versions … Continue reading African Peanut Soup

Grandma Favazza’s Sugo

I can’t claim rights to this Italian gravy recipe inherited through Paul’s family. I never met his Grandmother Mary Favazza, but her cooking heritage lives on. I occasionally make a few adjustments to the recipe. She was fond of Contadina crushed tomatoes, but you can add flavor variation with canned fire-roasted tomatoes. I’ve also use an equivalent volume of fresh, peeled Ripley tomatoes that produced one of the … Continue reading Grandma Favazza’s Sugo