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Our kitchen as it looks after our recent redecorating frenzy– July 2014

While I wait for inspiration to cook and take pictures of food again, I thought it would be fun to chronicle the changes we’ve made to our kitchen since 1991 when we bought this house, built in 1979. I love to redecorate almost as much as I like to cook.

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Circa 1997  –  Best picture I could find

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It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy, they say. Well, livin’ may be easy, but hanging out in the kitchen on a hot Texas day is not so much. If I’m going to turn the oven on, it has to be before 9 o’clock in the morning. That means these scones are good for breakfast–even in the summer, especially when you’ve made them ahead of time and can pull them out of the freezer. Recipe and more after the jump

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Cornmeal Dinner Rolls (1 of 1)

The shape of these rolls takes me back to the brown-and-serve rolls my mother-in-law used to serve on holidays. She liked to split them straight out of the oven, just enough to cradle a big hunk of butter (probably margarine now that I think about it).  The melty and messy butter made those cheap grocery store rolls memorable…and sinful beyond redemption.  Click here for more.

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Do you like to make your own pizza at home? If you tried and weren’t entirely happy with it, here are six tips I learned from working in research and development for a national pizza chain a few years ago. Click here for more.

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Southwestern Stuffed Potatoes

My kitchen is still undergoing minor renovation as I mentioned in my last post. Meanwhile, my bulging freezer is my friend, especially when these stuffed potatoes have been stashed away for times like this. Of course, they are best when freshly made, but I always make a lot so I can freeze the extras. This recipe is ideal for using up that 10-pound bag of potatoes you haven’t been able to consume in a timely manner. Recipe and more after the jump

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