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.

These two items pair perfectly together and take a fairly easy-to-make meal at home to a restaurant-worthy fare. The recipes are listed separately, but I recommend making in tandem. Both take approximately 45 minutes to prepare.

An easy and quick recipe to make for Valentine’s Day or any other time where time with loved ones takes priority over time in the kitchen.

Leona is a short hour-and-a-half drive from our neck of the woods. The small town has a population of 182, with a post office, a cafe, a few churches and a general store.

An active mom of two toddlers, Andreza Owens describes her strictly vegan lifestyle as having far more benefits than drawbacks.

Cooking with cast iron over an open flame or hot coals is the most basic form of cooking, however for many it has become a lost art. It’s not as hard as you think, although it does require more attention than cooking with a stove top or oven until you get the hang of it. Here is a simple recipe that even the most novice of outdoor cooks can prepare and impress your fellow campers.

The holidays are a busy time filled with a million family gatherings and parties to go to. So, here’s a super quick and easy party dip to whip up that everyone will love. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory.

When it comes to the holidays, we all know the cookie tin is coming out. Whether we’ve mastered the art of the sugar cookie or our family has come to expect a few burnt edges every now and then, it can never hurt to have a tip or two from an expert when we prepare to get some flour on our aprons with our loved ones.

Gingerbread White Russians are a splendid holiday cocktail. Warm cinnamon, sweet molasses and spicy ginger create the ideal combination to usher in the holidays.

If you’re looking for real sourdough bread, homemade with all the care, craft and skill possible, look no further than right here in Lufkin. On any given Tuesday, Claudia Tomison, owner and head baker of Real Time Breads can be found baking in her home kitchen, preparing for the upcoming Saturday.

Olive oil … one of the most misunderstood ingredients in almost every kitchen. From a robust unflavored olive oil to one infused with the flavor of chipotle, lemon or garlic, there are so many delicious things you can do with them outside of a salad dressing.