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Aunt Anna’s Easter Bread


Aunt Anna’s Easter Bread

I don’t know who Aunt Anna is…probably my mom’s aunt or maybe even her great aunt, but her bread will live on in my family for generations if I have anything to do with it.  I’ve been eating this bread since I was a baby and making it for about 12 years now.  It is DIVINE.   You could just call it “Challah with raisins” because, well, that’s basically what it is!   It’s soft, chewy, a little bit sweet and best the day it’s baked with a hefty smear of good butter.   Continue reading


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Comfort Food: Monkey Bread

Every proper southern sleepover I attended as a child ended with orange juice and fresh, gooey monkey bread in the morning.  It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized it goes much better with coffee and that there was, indeed, a huge difference between the made-from-scratch kind and the biscuit-in-a-can kind.  When you’re a kid, sweet and cinnamon-y is always the bees knees, but later on, you just know what’s real and what’s not.    Continue reading


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Comfort Food: Southern Pimento Cheese

Jeff and I have had a rough few weeks, and when times get tough, we turn to comfort food to make it all go away.  I’ve heard that pimento cheese is an acquired taste, but I have absolutely no idea why since it’s ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS.  On everything.   After we’ve spread it on crackers, apple slices, bread and hotdogs, we take it to the next level and use it in our grilled cheese sandwiches, producing the tastiest, gooey-est ones ever.    My recipe uses ONLY the key ingredients from every pimento cheese recipe because I really believe less is more when it comes to this southern staple.

Southern Pimento Cheese

  • Medium sized block of sharp cheddar, grated
  • Small jar or can of pimentos, drained
  • Mayonnaise (preferably Duke’s, but I also like the Trader Joe’s Brand)
  • (sometimes I add a few cloves of minced garlic too)

Mix the grated cheese, pimentos, garlic (if using) and a heaping spoonful of mayo in a bowl.  Mix in more mayo, a spoonful at a time until the mixture is spreadable, but not runny.   Pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before using or noshing!


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