Three weeks ago I contracted COVID-19. Seems like I caught it early enough, was able to quarantine in the bedroom, and not pass it along to Jon or the boys. It was a long 10 days being apart from my family, and thankfully I had a very easy time of it – slight fever and headache, and that was it.

Jon did a great job of taking care the boys and I, keeping up with their virtual school stuff and handling breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whatta man, ya’ll. He also made a trip to pick up some groceries that I ordered online from Walmart, easy food stuff to get us through the week. I added a Louisiana Crunch Cake to the cart not knowing exactly what it was, but having a feeling I could get behind it.

Over the course of the next week I ate the entire cake. Jon says that one of the boys had a chunk, but I think he’s just trying to make me feel better. I was hooked. But I am not the kind of gal who buys baked goods at the store – so I knew I wanted to make one at home…

Moist lemony cake topped with a crunchy coating of caramelized sugar and shredded coconut. It’s added to the bottom of the pan before adding the batter – and ends up on top once you flip and release. Speaking of which, this cake does beautifully. Bundts always make me nervous, as they do many bakers. I didn’t even have to tap this one, I was a happy camper. I topped with an easy, quick glaze and a little extra toasted coconut – just to make it extra pretty.

I’m gonna try to not eat the whole thing! Pray for me.

I recently appeared on our local news program Delmarvalife, and shared my recipe for scones. Then got to thinking I’ve never shared them with you guys! I’ve baked part-time in the summer for a local coffeehouse in town for a few summers now, which is where I got the base recipe for these fabulous, flaky wonders. They’re a buttermilk base – which I love the slight tang that it lends to the scones.

A lot of recipes call for heavy cream, and I’ve been down that road, but I really didn’t like the results as much. They were more, well – heavy. These are crumbly and light as air – yet moist and melt in your mouth.

When I bake for the coffeeshop it’s usually traditional fruit combinations – cranberry orange, apricot almond, lemon ginger. But a couple years ago I thought I’d try something savory – good scones are so similar to a good biscuit – I knew they’d be banging with a bowl of creamy oyster stew or clam chowder. So I went to work…

Cheddar cheese is always a good place to start. Along with any fresh herb you’ve got lying around. I’ve been blessed with a great chive plant the past couple of years. Stays hearty and doesn’t all go to seed if I turn my back on it (word to Mr. T at Thomas Gardens for always having the best offerings!). Which reminds me, it’s time to get seeds started!

And, like any Eastern Shore girl worth my salt, I threw some crab seasoning in there for good measure. It always adds a ton of flavor, and looks pretty sprinkled on top of things. They turned out great! Were a hit here at home and at the coffee shop, and know they will be with you guys too.

Perfect to do some baking on a blustery weekend! stay warm, friends.

With all the time we’ve spending at home, we’ve done a lot more eating. We’ve gotten a bushel of crabs twice since the season has opened, and it’s not even Memorial Day. First world problems, right?

A bushel if blues usually constitutes one meal for our family, followed by a bunch of picking of the leftovers in the following days. We usually will take the legs and top shell off – making them easier to store in the fridge, as well as less mess and trash on your hands once picking commences.

I usually go for the standards when I have copious amounts of crab on my hands – my favorite crab cakes, cream of crab soup, creamy crab dip, Maryland crab soup. Sometimes I’ll go a little more out on a limb with something like crab pizza or a crabby Bloody Mary.…but crab pie? That’s a first for me.

I love savory pies – whether it’s a juicy tomato pie, or a quiche that’s chock full of roasted veggies and goat cheese. So, I was definitely down with the concept of a crab pie. Freshly picked crabmeat baked in a cheesy creamy custard base? Okay.

I’m happy to report it turned out to be a winner. If a crab cake and a bowl of crab dip were to have a lovechild – it would be this crab pie. It’s rich and filling, and super impressive. I served it warm, with a nice green salad to lighten and brighten – and it was a perfect meal.

Now that the holidays are over with and winter has REALLY set in – I’ve been having a hard time finding inspiration and energy…for anything! I have been trying to keep my spirits up, currently de-cluttering my studio room where I store all my props for the blog.

It’s a good idea to do a cleanse once in a while. I mean, how many shrimp cocktail dishes can one person possibly need? I have accumulated so many things over the last couple years at yard sales and the Op Shop, I didn’t even know what I had in there.

I came across a stash of some of my favorite cookbooks, cracked a few of the bindings, and felt instantly inspired to get in the kitchen. Which, I hadn’t felt in a while. It felt good. So, I went with it. And, this delectable Chocolate Chiffon Pie is what resulted from my efforts.

Chiffons are a rich, yet light and airy concoctions. Traditionally made by egg whites being beaten until stiff, then folded into a gelatin based mixture. In this case chocolate is the additive (although fruit chiffons are also divine), and it’s poured into a gingersnap crust and refrigerated until set.ย A dollop of fresh whipped cream on top, and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings finish each piece off just before serving.

Shoutout to Martha Hall Foose and both of her wonderful books (“Screen Doors and Sweet Tea” and “A Southerly Course“), which managed to light a fire in my heart and under my ass this week. Gonna try to keep it up, guys! Stay tuned.

Source: A Southerly Course by Martha Hall Foose