Homemade Ketchup

1 Jul

I was standing at our local farmer’s market last week talking to David from Riversong Farms and lamenting about my glut of tomatoes and my lack of storage space for the dozens of quarts I had already put up when he made the most wonderful suggestion. “Make ketchup,” he said. ”It’s really good and pretty […]

Green Bean and New Potato Salad

27 Jun

  Life has an amazing way of teaching lessons. We have had so many lessons in the last week. My husband has learned that you should never run with wet shoes on and that broken bones sometimes take a plate and 8 screws to fix. I have learned that it takes 6 minutes to get […]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

22 Jun

It became abundantly clear on our recent vacation with my in-laws  just how perilously close our children are to the teenage years. Even though our annual pilgrimage to the lake was full of the usual childish giddiness of vacation, each activity was punctuated by a solid dose of 9-year old sass. Our daughter ( now […]

Strawberry and Peach Crisp

15 Jun

The first week of Summer Break has been an eventful one for the kids. Their nights have been full of sleepovers, rodeos and drive-in movies, while their days have been filled with building projects of their own design (more or less). The most ambitious of the building projects so far has been the construction of […]

Slow Cooker Short Rib Pasta

23 May

  A few months back, I received a request from a friend of mine. She was requesting a recipe of course, one that would solve all of her problems, one that would make her days easier and her meals more delicious, and of course it had to go in the Crock Pot. And it couldn’t […]

Sirloin Tip Roast with Parsley and Tomato Chimichurri

13 May

  The garden has taken over our lives. Every day begins and ends with me bent over a garden row picking out weeds, thinning out lettuce, or tying up tomato plants. I usually sneak out with my first cup of coffee before the kids get up to go putter around the nearly 1000 square feet […]

Barbecued Chicken Wings

5 May

  Ladies and gentlemen, I need you to pray for us. I need you to pray that we don’t run out of food or money during the next several years of feeding the bottomless pit that has become my son. I’m not sure when it happened, or who flipped the switch that turned my sweet […]

“Life Changing” Harissa Chicken and White Beans

28 Apr

After 8 years of cooking and then writing about it, I have enough confidence in my skills to say that I am an above average home cook. I can, on a fairly consistent basis, put a meal on the table that doesn’t kill anyone. I have also been fortunate enough to produce some pretty amazing […]

Make Ahead Potstickers

18 Apr

If you had told me 5 years ago that my kids would frequently beg me to make potstickers for dinner I would have laughed in your face. At that time, there was no way that those kids would put something that wasn’t immediately identifiable in their mouth (unless of course it was in a candy […]

Gloriously Retro Pineapple Ham Balls

26 Mar

  I have a slight obsession with vintage recipes. Just something about the fads and trends of cooking that thought Jello molds and mayonnaise was a good combination fascinates me. I often find myself wondering, what was the mindset of the women (for it was almost assuredly women) who came up with these unorthodox combinations. […]

Broccoli Bites and the Terrible Hide and Seekers

14 Mar

The game of hide-and-seek is certainly not anything new. As a child, our regular games of hide- and-seek were closely related to black-ops style missions that demanded that the hiders call upon all of their stealth and ingenuity in order to outsmart the usually older and bigger seekers. We would play endless games, making sure […]

Jam Muffins

24 Feb

I have a deep-seated love of muffins. Something about the domed tops and colorful liners that make me as giddy as an 8-year old to pop a couple of muffins in my face for breakfast. Muffins, for me, are a great way to celebrate a weekend, a snow day, or the fact that you are […]

Italian Braised Short Ribs

1 Feb

My husband and I have been working on our own little project. It’s been going on for the last 6 or 7 months and was brought on by the rising cost of cheap cuts of beef. Cuts that, 5 years ago, most folks didn’t know existed. We have seen some of our favorites such as […]

Nannie’s Soft Molasses Cookies

18 Dec

Cookies are my weakness. If a cookie and I walked alone into a room, the chances are that only one of us would be leaving that room…and it wouldn’t be the cookie. I’m not even picky about what kind of cookies I prefer to fatten myself up with. I am a sucker for the ever […]

Sweet Potato Biscuits

11 Dec

Biscuits are a rite of passage for many Southern women. It’s a skill passed down from generation to generation, a vessel for learning many of life’s lessons. My mother imparted her own wisdom to me through the art of making biscuits. As a small child, Mom taught me to measure the flour, cut in the […]

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