Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice I have a friend who is constantly telling me she has found a bottled product that tastes just like fresh squeezed orange juice. I have tasted these imitators and every time I am disappointed. They all seem to overcompensate and it has a bite that lingers in the mouth. So this…

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie I grew up in Mississippi surrounded by pecan trees. It seemed as if there were always bowls of these whole nuts sitting around with crackers and picks for anyone who had a craving. And sometimes it just won’t do to have any other dessert other than a freshly baked pecan pie. While there…

Jingles – 9 months

Jingles – 9 months It’s hard to believe that our puppy from Southeastern Guide Dogs, Jingles is now 9 months old. She continues to progress as a future superhero for a hero. We are now working on the close command, which is when she puts herself between our legs while we are seated in a…

Athens Family Restaurant

Athens Family Restaurant 2526 Franklin Pike Nashville, TN 37204 P: 615.383.2848 W: http://www.athensfamilyrestaurant.com Hours Mon-Sat: 7A-10P Sun: 7A-9P I have literally driven past Athens Family Restaurant for years, and nearly every time, I’ve thought to myself, “I want to go there.” I love Greek food, and I had always heard good things about Athens Family…

Butter Beans

Butter Beans Few things taste better than great vegetables that have been lovingly preserved when their fresh season is long gone. So as I toil over the hot stove on a hot day to prepare the freshly harvested Butter Beans I have been shelling, I remind myself of that. I usually completely cook the beans,…

Nectar: Urban Cantina

Nectar: Urban Cantina 206 McGavock Pike Nashville, TN 37214 P: 615.454.2277 W: http://www.nectarcantina.com Hours Mon-Thu: 7A-9P Fri-Sat: 7A-10P Sun: 10A-3P As a resident of Donelson, no one was happier than me when Nectar: Urban Cantina opened their doors in September 2017. Donelson has long been known as “Hip Donelson”, but when Nectar came to our…

Portion Packs

Portion Packs My husband came home from the supermarket the other day with 12 samples of portion packs that were being given away as a promotion. These are small zip-top bags with measurement markings on the side for 1/4 to 1 cup. I had seen them before but it never peaked my interest for some…

Homegrown Dinner

VOLUNTEER GARDENER’S HOMEGROWN DINNER Get your tickets to Volunteer Gardener’s Homegrown Dinner celebrating the tomato, Nashville’s favorite fruit. Created by Bacon & Caviar, the prix-fixe menu highlights farm-fresh tomatoes in each of the courses, including dessert. Thursday, Aug. 8 6:30 – 9 pm The Old School 5022 Old Hydes Ferry Pike Nashville, TN 37218 Reservations…

Roasted Bananas

I don’t know when it occurred to me that bananas should be roasted. I roast everything else … from apples to zucchini and love the results. So why not bananas? The skins provide the perfect covering for the insides to stay warm but not burn. And the natural sugars simply caramelize to seal the flavor…

Can Strainer

Can Strainer I generally don’t like to clutter my kitchen with gadgets that have a single purpose. However, I friend was having a Pampered Chef party and I ended up purchasing several items. One of the things I added to my list at the last minute was this little can strainer. I thought I would…