We spent some time with friends a couple of weekends ago. One of our friends has a 3 year old girl. She is beyond delightful and is a mess. For my non-Southern readers, being a mess is kind of a good thing. You shake your head as you call them a mess. Typically, the person is a barrel of fun and you "can't do nothin' with them." This little girl was sitting in the floor in her skirt and proclaimed out of the blue that "my momma didn't put me on no britches." She is definitely a proper Southern girl. She says taters and momma and lightnin' bug. The closer you live to any big city the more you lose the accent. My daughter isn't talking yet, but my momma wants her to speak with the same wonderful accent as this little girl. I guess I'm going to have to get her daddy to stop speaking Northern to her and say a prayer to Ida Claire.
If you are in Chattanooga, you must get a Moon Pie. If you are in Nashville, you must get Goo Goo Clusters. Sometimes, I give you a little background on the products I write about on the website. Here is the main thing you need to know about Goo Goo Clusters. They are wonderfully full of sugar. There are peanuts for protein, but I would say this qualifies mostly as a carbohydrate. The first two bites of the Goo Goo made me very happy. I enjoyed the rest of it, but I really don't think you can beat the initial taste. I would suggest an eating schedule such as this: take two bites, walk away, think about it a while, maybe write a poem about it, and then go back and take another two bites...repeat. For those of you who are my husband, this is called savoring your food.
So, I went to the Paula Deen website determined to make the first recipe on the page under Recipe Galleries. I invite you to play along and let me know how it goes. I got lucky, and it was Summer Dessert Bar. I love lemon anything, so this was great. Here is one issue with Paula Deen Roulette. I do not keep a basic stocked cabinet. This contained all purpose flour, lemon juice, actual butter, and eggs. I did not have any of those things, therefore I had to run to the grocery store. I previously explained how I did not know why anyone used all purpose flour for anything, but I trusted Paula on this one. Everything went pretty good once I collected the ingredients. You have to love two sticks of butter for the crust. My one issue was that I put the filling in the crust while it was piping hot. I got just a little scrambled egg...not enough to be a problem. It was lemon flavored after all. All in all, I recommend the lemon bars. It may be better if Paula makes them next time. Here is the link: http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/recipe_view/lemon_bars/
Here's my main problem with making a peach cobbler. I keep opening the oven door to see if it is done. I feel a need to eat it the very moment it turns from sweet goo to crispy piping hot cobbler. I'm fairly certain my husband married me for the peach cobbler. That's a shame, because he could make this himself. He probably should have looked for another reason. This is the simplest of recipes, thank heavens. Melt one stick of butter in the baking dish. Pour in a couple of cans of peaches with juice. Mix in a separate bowl, 1 cup of self rising flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of milk and a little vanilla flavoring. Pour this mixture over the peaches and butter. DO NOT mix it up. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. If you do not have vanilla ice cream in the house, you should be ashamed. Eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After all, you do need to have several servings of