Kitchen Hack: Microwaved Toasted Coconut

Toasting certain ingredients is used in cooking to heightened flavor. It’s a special flavor. It can be a time consuming venture as your “toast” these ingredients in the oven every so slowly. Often it’s tempting to avoid that toasting step. Then, years ago I had read you could “toast” nuts in the microwave. You just

Vanilla Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Ok, I may be a little late hitting the smoothie train, but there’s a reason for that – namely green gunky stuff that looks like it recently floated off the top of the neighbor’s septic tank. Seriously, I just can’t bring myself to drink that. And, can we talk about kale? Unless you have been

Knock-Your-Socks-Off Granola

The buzz words in eating nowadays are words like “clean eating”, “organic” and  plethora of other words that are suppose to convince us a particular way of eating is the best. I’ve always been of the school of thought that common sense, moderation, knowledge, education and avoiding junk science and fad eating will do right

Slow Cooker Coconut Pecan Sweet Potatoes

As I mentioned previously, cooking in the Burch house had been about ease and comfort recently for several reasons. That means our slow cooker has been getting a workout. Today’s recipe is a variation of one I found in a Taste of Home cookbook. It makes a great side dish. I’ll be using this year

Thanksgiving 2013 Part II – Side Dishes and Desserts, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Yesterday we started looking at some ideas for Thanksgiving dinner. I’m doing “the best of” from some earlier post I’ve used in previous holiday meals or I’m offering suggestions to help break the monotony of the same ol’ same ol’ every year. I know that’s tradition in many homes, but sometimes you may just like

Coconut Pound Cake with Mexican Vanilla Glaze, by Beverly Hicks Burch

I’m a big fan of coconut. My favorite coffee is Green Mountain’s Island Coconut. It’s a seasonal coffee they sell at certain times of the year. So, since confession is good for the soul – as the season neared the end, I was like a squirrel getting ready for winter. I stored up a supply

Billionaire Bars, by Beverly Hicks Burch

I don’t remember my MaGee (my Mom’s mother) cooking a lot. She was a pastor’s wife and a business woman. I’m told in her younger days as a young mother she was a pretty good cook and made excellent gingerbread. Well, I never did get to taste that gingerbread, but there was one thing she