Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice

Written by Tamara Styer / Photographed by Robert Piper

As seen in the Premiere Issue of Branson Foodie Magazine, now available for order!
When people say that a picture is worth more than a thousand words, this one pretty much sums it up! Here’s the story of what we experienced on our day trip to Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe. And contrary to what we expected, it’s much more than beautifully decorated cakes and perfect little cupcakes!

SUGAR LEAF BAKERY & CAFE is a sweet treasure hidden among the Christmas stores and art galleries of the Grand Village Shops in Branson, Missouri. We found Sugar Leaf while trolling the social media world of Instagram for stunning photos of delicious food. And there we saw some of the most beautifully decorated cakes we could imagine. Little did we know that they also serve brunch and lunch at their beautifully decorated restaurant. A photo of a bowl full of buttercream frosting and some perfectly pink cupcakes later, we had to go check the place out. …

Fish & Chips at White River Fish House

Written by Tamara Styer / Photographed by Robert Piper

As seen in the Premiere Issue of Branson Foodie Magazine, available for order!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO go to Britain to find a good version of salty, crispy fish and chips. On our adventure to experience every dish in Branson, Missouri, we came across the White River Fish House on the Branson Landing. Floating on Lake Taneycomo and emanating the smoky, meaty aroma of grilling steaks and burgers, we just had to try it.

Upon entering the Fish House, our eyes are treated to an expansive space filled with nautical emblems of a bygone era. Giant beams carved out of driftwood, old wooden canoes and thick ropes adorned with colorful floats, pulleys and other salvaged ship parts. The restaurant, with its antique oars, ship lanterns and even a collection of nautically themed books, is the seafaring sister of Bass Pro Shops, which is located just yards away on the Landing. While the decor is whisking us away into a Neptunian whimsy, we are suddenly …

Skillet Chicken Cacciatore

Delicious chicken cacciatore, with chicken falling off the bone in a robust rustic tomato sauce is a staple in our home, as it's simple and inexpensive to make, and always a crowd-pleaser! 

Skillet Chicken Cacciatore RecipeServes 4          Preheat 350°F 

4 chicken leg quarters
Salt & pepper to taste
1 1/2 tsp Tony's Original Creole Seasoning
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion
1 green bell pepper
3 peeled carrots
1 large clove garlic
1/4 cup Red or white wine (or cooking stock)
1 large (28oz) can San Marzano tomatoes, such as Cento brand
3 Tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
fresh-picked basil for garnish


Sliced mushrooms
Mediterranean kalamata olives

written by Tamara Styer

Simple to make, and absolutely delicious, this recipe starts with humble, rustic ingredients and a cast iron skillet. You can use any cut of chicken you like, and any combination of vegetables. We chose to use the classic trifecta of bell peppers, onions and carrots. You c…

The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Ever!

written by Tamara Styer This weekend there were some bananas going brown in my fruit bowl, and there’s only one thing to do with that… Bake! I have a banana chocolate chip cookie recipe that I adore and will share later, but this time I had a craving for banana bread. I absolutely love chocolate, and what ended up coming out of my oven was better than any other banana bread I’ve ever had! I upped the butter, brown sugar and vanilla in this recipe to make it ultra moist and delicious! I even added an extra banana and a full cup of chocolate chips!
You don’t always have to follow a recipe perfectly. It’s really all about feel. But my rule of thumb is to add a little extra of the good stuff! For instance, the original recipe I was following only called for only 1 cup of chocolate chips. So I stirred in one cup of chocolate, and to my disappointment, the banana bread to chocolate chip ratio was rather lackluster. Why not stir in another cup? The addition of more chocolate chips made the co…

Three Cheese Ham & Tomato Basil Quiche

written by Tamara Styer I’m often looking for a great recipe for brunch or a quick breakfast on the go, and quiche is my go-to. This particular quiche recipe came about when my mom loosely followed another recipe. She does this with most recipes, and with her natural knack for cooking tasty dishes, her own creations always turn out even more scrumptious than the original recipe. I have inherited this flair for switching up recipes and ingredients from my mom, and find it usually works quite well just to add a bit of my own flavor to the meals I make at home.  This quiche is creamy, cheesy and is bursting with the tastes of summer heirloom tomato and fresh garden basil. And who can have breakfast without some sort of pork product added into the mix? With either smoky bacon or spiral cut ham, this quiche has become my latest craving. Next, I’ll have to tackle making my own crust!
Preheat 350°F         spiral ham, cut into bite sized thin slices 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese 1/2 cup shredded…

Homemade Chicken Alfredo

written by Tamara Styer My friend Lindsay used to ask for my homemade chicken Alfredo when we lived together years ago. Now she just asks me to send jars of the creamy, cheesy sauce for Christmas! I’ve been making this Alfredo sauce since I was a teenager, and it’s always been a favorite of my friends and family. I’ve never attempted to jar it, but perhaps sharing the recipe will do! It’s only got a few ingredients and is simple to make, and the flavors are better than any Alfredo I’ve had at an Italian restaurant. The recipe is basic, but it’s all about high quality ingredients, like rich heavy whipping cream and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Ingredients: 2 organic chicken breasts, such as Smart Chicken olive oil fresh crushed garlic crushed red pepper flakes fresh cracked black pepper kosher flake sea salt Alfredo sauce: 5 to 6 oz freshly shredded parmesan cheese 2 to 4 tbsp butter 1 qt heavy whipping cream 1 pkg linguine noodles
I like to use organic chicken, such as Smart Chicken brand chic…