About the Cafe

The Schell Cafe, Cooper, Texas 1918

The Schell Cafe, Cooper, Texas 1918

My husband’s grandfather, Frank M. Schell owned the Schell Café in Cooper, Texas during the early 1900’s. I never knew Grandfather Schell, but he must have loved serving great meals and having folks gather ‘round his tables. His son William B. Schell, my late father-in-law, finished every meal in the same manner, “Well, I have dined sufficiently.” From this strong line of men my husband inherited an appreciation for a meal well served.

More than half a century later, The Schell Café continues in my own kitchen and on these pages. The meals I make are a labor of love. And, my journal is a love story. For me, cooking is a joy that perfectly blends my past, present and future.

I often wear my Grandmother’s pink gingham apron when I cook. She made it in a sewing class and hand-embroidered her monogram on a pocket. I also use her cookbooks, measuring cups, utensils and her great old, Dutch oven and cast iron skillets. Cooking is more than just making sure my family gets nutritionally fed. When I cook I am honoring our past and making memories for the future.

Bon Appetit!


14 Responses

  1. Vick sent me this link. How in the world do you have the time for this with your kids at the same time? I am super impressed. This little website might save my marriage!!! 🙂

  2. Love this site! You ARE amazing that you have time for this with four kids! Keep up the good work – we all love it.

  3. Well, I am in Colorado and I could have sworn I saw your sweet potato casserole recipe on your site before I left. Hence, I did not bring my recipe. Your blog looks fantastic! xxo

  4. Can’t wait to try the spicy pecans AND the ginger chocolate cookies…I love ginger, chocolate and molasses! Great to see you again!

  5. Great mixing over happy hour! Cheers to you and the cafe.

  6. Hi! I know you! I had fun reading the stories, recipes and looking at the photos! I can’t wait to try some of the recipes…as soon as I have an oven that works 🙂
    Oh…the life of a bachelorette!

    Glad I found you….Love and miss you all!

    Happy New Year!

  7. Hi! So pleased to have stumbled upon a great blog for tasty recipes and someone who shares my surname 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!
    Best of luck!

  8. I love this site! I was told about it by a mutual friend of both of ours and now I have linked it on my blog. You write well, you cook well–amazing.

    Here’s me: http://txmomof3.wordpress.com/

    Check it out in all that spare time between cooking, blogging, twittering and facebooking!

  9. hi there! caroline asked if i had been to your website- how did i miss this???? you are amazing- i’ve been posting misc recipes on fb , but you are way too impressive for my meals….maybe i can learn something- the salmon crisps look so good- i’m going to try them this weekend – xoxo, cyn

  10. Haven’t been here in a while……the new look is outstanding!! I will continue to visit often.

  11. We have Frank Schell’s in our family and just wondered if there could be any connection. The family originally came from Germany and then to Mo. Just courious. Thanks….

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  13. Kristin, Where do I find the list of 10 breakfast ideas for kids? I thought I heard you mention Monday night that it is on your website. Thanks, ANita

  14. Thanks for the great gluten-free granola recipe! Have just gone gluten free myself and have one child gluten free for eight years. Absolutely love your blog!

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