Thanksgiving food Americans refuse to do without

America’s annual celebration of gratitude and gobblers is just around the corner, and cooks across the country are beginning to plan what they’ll serve on the big day.

  Cinnamon sweet potato logs by Mama Steph

  Mexican Hot Chocolate cookies by ‘Nothing Vanilla Cookies’

Frozen fruit recalled due to possible Hepatitis A contamination

Chocolate haystack creatures by Mama Steph

  Chicken and kale soup by Mama Steph

Cheddar witches fingers by Mama Steph

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Sweet (potato) weekend on tap at annual Golden festival

  Bananas Foster by Copeland’s New Orleans in Longview

  Nearly 100 batches of chili at the oil men’s cook off

  WATCH: We’re live at the East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cook-off

Healthy Halloween Snacks

  Chocolate ganache icing by Mama Steph

Mama Steph’s super cinnamon-y snickerdoodles

Have you tried MamaSteph’s Super-Cinnamony Snickerdoodles?Check out this delicious recipe below.

  Brisket and sausage Frito pie by the Texas Beef Council’s Shalene McNeill

Super festive and fun for football season, this recipe takes frito pie up a notch.

  Chicken and sausage jambalaya by Mama Steph

Whether it is Mardi Gras season or not, this recipe makes just about everyone want to celebrate! Delicious sausage, tender chicken, "holy trinity" vegetables, rice and tomatoes make for an amazing combination of flavors, all in one pot!

Chick-Fil-A coming to ETBU campus

A Chick-Fil-A restaurant is in the process of moving into the student center at East Texas Baptist University.

  Easy Baking: Turtle cookie bars by Mama Steph

  Shrimp Spaghetti by Dudley’s Cajun Cafe

(Literally) check out Longview library’s baking pans

  Cilantro lime white chocolate cookies by Nothing Vanilla Cookies

4-ingredient Almond Joy cookies by Mama Steph

Pan-roasted chicken thighs with spicy blueberry sauce by Mama Steph

  German potato salad by Brigitta’s Hungarian Restaurant

Mike Chubboy with Brigitta’s Hungarian Restaurant in Kilgore shares his recipe for German Potato Salad, just in time for Oktoberfest!

  Tortellini-vegetable soup by Mama Steph

Mama Steph shares one of her favorite and most-requested recipes on East Texas Kitchen.

  Fall Favorites: Delicious comfort foods to kick off autumn

It’s officially fall, and the minds of food lovers quickly turn to comfort foods and favorite flavors that represent the season. We’ll just pretend it’s cool out while we enjoy these.

Luxury, customizable Kit Kat bars launch in the UK, command a luxury price

The luxury Kit Kat bars will be available at John Lewis Stores around the UK from September 26 to December 24. If you or a friend are headed there during that time, you may be able to sample the luxury for yourself.

  Brown Sugar Bacon Glazed Chicken by The Potpourri House

Tyler’s Potpourri House is a longtime favorite of locals, and its owner, Les Ellsworth, is with us today to share a new recipe for a unique chicken dinner to enjoy anytime!

  School-night supper and a sweet Fritos treat by Mama Steph

If there’s one thing parents and grandparents need on busy school or work nights, it’s a quick meal. Instead of grabbing fast food, though, head into the kitchen and make these tasty recipes; they’re better for you and your family, and they taste so very good.

  Chili rellenos-inspired skillet dip by Mama Steph

Most of us love the Tex-Mex flavor of chili rellenos, but we don't often (if ever) make it at home. If you love the flavors though, here's a simple way to get them  at home in an easy-to-make dip.

  Creamy turkey-vegetable soup by Mama Steph

If you have turkey leftovers, this soup is a wonderful way to use them up.

  Maple + Brown Butter Apple Galette by Pearl’s Kitchen

Chef Hannah Parker, owner of Pearl’s Kitchen in Mount Pleasant, shares a recipe for a delicious fall dessert featuring maple and apples!

  One-pot chicken stew by Mama Steph

This chicken stew is so easy and incredibly delicious! It’s a great way to begin our fall cooking season, because you don’t need an oven so your kitchen will not heat up as you make this.

  Secret chef’s seasoning by ‘That Cook’n Guy’ Chef David Wallace

Chef David Wallace shares a delicious, dependable blend for grilling or frying that can be used on meats, veggies, or even grilled fruits!

  Cherry-berry fluff salad by Mama Steph

This simple, fluffy chilled sweet salad is perfect to make all summer long. It is easy to make, with just a few ingredients, too.

  Chicken lasagna rolls by Chef Simon Webster

Chef Simon shares a creative dinner idea when you’re ready for something deliciously different!

  Easy lemon squares by Mama Steph

Lemon squares are a delicious old-fashioned treat, but some folks have never made them before. With this new recipe, Mama Steph simplifies the recipe so even the most novice baker can make them at home.

  Grilled ginger peaches with ice cream and caramel drizzle by Mama Steph

This dessert is simple to make; you just need some nice peaches and a few spices that you probably have handy.

Pineapple freezer pie with toasted macadamia nuts by Mama Steph

This pie has a tasty Hawaiian twist, and is so cool and delicious, you'll want to make it all summer long!

  Spicy Mexican shrimp cocktail by Bear Creek Smokehouse

Robbie Shoults with Bear Creek Smokehouse in Marshall is sharing a second version of Mexican Shrimp Cocktail!

Louisiana chef opening Cajun restaurant in Lufkin

A new Cajun restaurant with a “build-your-own” Po Boy bar is scheduled to open in Lufkin.

  SPAM is jumping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. Really.

Yes, Pumpkin Spice SPAM is real.

  Cooking basics: Making vanilla extract with Mama Steph

Only two ingredients are needed to make your own vanilla extract: vanilla beans, and alcohol to extract them in. Mama Steph shows you how.

  Spicy, cheesy migas by Chef David Wallace

If all you have on hand is eggs, cheese, and chips, then you have what it takes to prepare David Wallace’s easy, economical, fast and delicious dish.

  Pasta Salad with pickled veggies by Mama Steph

Summer salads start transitioning into fall flavors with the bold tastes in this easy-to-make pasta salad.

  Caribbean Flank Steak with Coconut Rice by Texas Beef Council

Flank steak tastes great with so many marinades – you will want to grill with it all summer.

  Kilgore snow cone business booming with hot summer weather

As the sweltering heat of August sets in, working outside in East Texas can be draining, and any way to beat the heat is welcome. One East Texas business man is having one of his best summers yet by providing that relief, with a cold treat. Charlies Snoballs.

Lufkin’s Posado’s Cafe restaurant closes after being part of community 10 years

The Posado’s restaurant in Lufkin has closed.

  Updated cottage food law gives business owners more freedom

The updated cottage food law takes effect on September 1.

  Dinner in 10: Italian omelette by Mama Steph

If you are hungry and only have a few minutes for dinner, this omelette recipe is exactly what you need. Tons of Italian flavor, enough protein to keep you full and satisfied, and easy to make!

  Nicoise toast by Chef Anne Kelt, Hick & Frog Bistro

Chef Anne Kelt of Hick & Frog Bistro in Longview shared a simple, yet flavor-packed recipe that you can make anytime you’re hungry and short on time. It’s a delicious lunch idea straight from Nice, France....with Anne’s twist, of course!

Baskin-Robbins is going vegan with two non-dairy flavors

Baskin Robbins is dipping into the plant-based ice cream market after announcing it’ll offer two non-dairy ice cream products.

Cork Food and Drink closes Tyler location

Cork Food & Drink closed its doors July 28.

  Peach crepes from Mike Chubboy of Brigitta’s Hungarian Restaurant

Have you ever had Hungarian Barack Turos Palacsinta? This dish is also known as peach crepes and it’s a nice, light, semi-sweet breakfast or dessert.

  Fresh farmer’s market salad with corn, tomatoes and basil by Mama Steph

This salad is great on so many levels. It tastes delicious, and looks beautiful on your plate. It is full of nutrients, and it’s easy to make. You'll love it!

  Atkinson Candy changes Chick-o-Stick recipe; switches to all-natural ingredients

The crunchy candy will now be made with simple ingredients and without artificial colors or flavors.

  Grilled Peach Biscuit Shortcake with ice cream and caramel sauce by Chef Ben Carter

This Southern-style dessert by Chef Ben Carter, owner of Southern Fried in Mineola, is a perfect idea for dessert, anytime you can get your hands on fresh peaches.

  Gladewater native returns home to start soul food restaurant

Noticing a lack of soul food restaurants in the area, a Gladewater woman has returned to her hometown to start a new restaurant with a dream of bringing the community together.

FDA announces recall on hamburger, hot dog buns

At the height of the summer cookout season, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has issued a major recall on hamburger and hot dog buns, and more.

  Creamy orange dreamsicle pie by Mama Steph

Remember the cold, creamy popsicles that tasted like a combination of orange and vanilla ice cream? This pie will bring back those childhood memories, and it’ll keep you cool on hot summer days, too.

  4-ingredient limeade pie by Mama Steph

Since it's summer and it is HOT, here is my mother's refrigerator limeade pie, which you can make in five minutes and enjoy after it has a short chill in the fridge!

  Red, white and blue recipes for Independence Day

Here is a collection of desserts that would fit in just perfectly for your patriotic holiday; maybe you can make something for someone you'd like to say "thanks for your service" to!

  Avocado corn salad by Bear Creek Smokehouse

This salad has it all; cool, crisp sweet corn, salty bacon, smooth avocado and a twist of lime. Just try to stop eating it!

  Greek tomato salad by Mama Steph

This delicious salad is packed with delicious flavors that combine perfectly to make the perfect side for your cookouts this summer.

  Bacon, Shrimp and Grits Casserole by Chef Ben Carter of Southern Fried

Ben Carter, owner of Mineola restaurant Southern Fried, shares a truly Southern casserole idea with us this week!

  Father’s Day steak and bacon pizza by Mama Steph

If your dad likes pizza, bacon and steak, he’s going to love it when you make this pizza for him! Of course, feel free to adjust the toppings so it’s exactly what your dad will like best.

  Blueberry Barbecue Sauce by Pearl’s Kitchen

Chef Hannah Parker of Pearl’s Kitchen in Mount Pleasant is sharing a special recipe, just in time for grilling season.

Whataburger sells majority interest to merchant bank

Whataburger has sold a majority interest in the company to merchant bank, BDT Capital Partners, LLC.

  Chef Bourdain’s perfect scrambled eggs

Chef Anthony Bourdain, like most other chefs, said that good food doesn't need to be complicated, it just needs to consist of a few good ingredients. This scrambled egg method he shared is a great example of that.

Gov. Greg Abbott signs ‘lemonade stand law’ so kids’ drink stands can’t be shut down

Abbott called it a “common sense law” that had to be passed so that police would not shut down children’s lemonade stands.

  Raspberry and chocolate cream cheese mousse by Chef Simon Webster

This dessert recipe by Chef Simon Webster is beautiful, and of course, creamy and delicious!

  Professional chefs teach Region 7 nutrition personnel skills to make meals healthy, appealing to kids

More than 150 participants attended Meal Appeal University from dozens of districts from across northeast Texas.

  Simple peach cake by Mama Steph

This simple cake is easy to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand. All you need is some delicious local peaches to make it perfect!

  Hoisin BBQ Steak-On-A-Stick with Pineapple Salsa by the Texas Beef Council

• Put these delicious kabob chunks atop a fresh green salad to brighten and already fun, celebratory day.

Oklahoma-based breakfast restaurant Jimmy’s Egg gets permit to build in Tyler

A restaurant known for its variety of breakfast offerings has been granted a permit to build in Tyler.

Summer berry poke cake by Mama Steph

This dessert is so delicious all summer long, because it's cool, refreshing and the berries have the most amazing flavor!

  Blackened Bayou Chicken by Copeland’s New Orleans of Longview

Here’s a restaurant-quality restaurant that you can make at home with this recipe, shared by Etta Stephens with Copeland’s New Orleans in Longview.

Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day with these scrumptious recipes

Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day with these scrumptious recipes

  Körözött (Hungarian cheese spread) by Brigitta’s Hungarian Restaurant in Kilgore

Körözött is a delicious, creamy blend of cheese and spices that can be used to fill peppers, add to a salad, or as a spread on crackers or toast.

  East Texas Kitchen on East Texas Now: Mother’s Day recipes

Mother’s Day is this weekend, and if you are wondering how to make your special mom, grandmother, or other important person in your life feel loved, these two recipes will be a great start.

  Tri-tip roast with Rosemary-garlic vegetables by Texas Beef Council

Shalene McNeill shares a simple recipe so you can make a tasty roast perfect for your Easter celebration: Beef Tri-tip roast with rosemary-garlic vegetables. It looks impressive, but the preparation is quite simple!