This is always a hit with my family and perfect for those lazy Christmas mornings. It’s easy to make the night before and refrigerate overnight, then place in the oven when the house awakens.

Food and family. Both are near and dear to my heart and abundantly around during the holidays. I wanted to share this food from my family with you. Whether you use them for Ol’ Saint Nick or a family gathering, I hope you enjoy these favorite recipes.

Lauralyn Mathis loved to cook. Whether it was steamed cabbage, chicken fried venison or chicken spaghetti, Lauralyn thoroughly enjoyed making food for her family and friends. She was happiest when she was in the kitchen, and continued to be that way even after she got sick.

Cut my pie into four pieces, I don’t think I could eat eight.

Brining your turkey

Brendyn Todd of Nacogdoches is relishing the sweet aroma of success as his growing business continues to flourish.

East Texas is home to many hidden gems. One of these unique treasures resides in an old white chapel, complete with stained glass and a steeple. While it still has walls lined with worn wooden pews, what sets this former church apart is its phenomenal craft brews you can find in its sanctuary. Back Pew Brewery has found its place turning water into beer.

If you are a fan of barbecue in any way, you probably have eaten, heard of or cooked a pork butt. Originally known as the Boston butt, this cut of meat is above the front shoulders. It has been a staple of the Texas barbecue scene for many years.

I had not realized how far removed from my childhood I was until I took my two boys, who were then around 11 and 12, to my mom’s house for a Sunday dinner. When my oldest son Tyler sank his teeth into the fried chicken, his eyes lit up. He savored the drumstick for a moment before asking, “Maw Maw, where did you get this chicken?” He was floored when she replied, “I made it.”


Barbecue is a well-known staple in East Texas. In the past few months, a new barbecue star has made a quick rise to the top. Be Blessed BBQ is a local business operated by Lufkin country singer Flint Thompson and Nacogdoches pastor Jeremiah Moss. The duo opened their first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Lufkin last December.