Jingles – Ready to go!

Ready to go! So many times over the past year, I have wanted time to stand still as Jingles, our future Super Hero for Southeastern Guide Dogs has grown up before our eyes. We got her at 8 weeks old and now she is approaching 14 months. Jingles has perfected her commands, but time did…

Popcorn Meal Cornbread

I have always carried a bit of culinary pride in cornbread. For decades, I have used Martha White Self-Rising Cornmeal along with buttermilk, oil and an egg. That recipe along with a perfectly seasoned cast iron skillet guarantees a perfect outcome every single time. I could make it in my sleep.   So when my…

Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic Garlic has to be the most delicious member of the lily family. It would be difficult to prepare a host of savory culinary delights without it. While many are quite good at peeling the cloves, smashing them with a knife or mashing them through a press, there are so many other possibilities. My…

Pear Crumble

Pear Crumble If you ever run across a pear variety named Royal Riviera, grab all you can! I used to think all pears were basically the same … somewhat sweet, juicy and a tiny bit of grit to the teeth. In other words, they were OK, but not exceptional. That is until I had my…

Kinfolks Soulfood & BBQ

Kinfolks Soulfood, BBQ & Catering 1203 Hazelwood Drive Smyrna, TN 37167 P: 615.267.0818 W: http://www.kinfolksbbqsmyrna.com Hours Mon: 10:30A – 7:00P Tue – Thu: 10:30A – 8:30P Fri – Sat: 10:30A – 9:00P Sun: 11:00A – 6:00P My favorite show on television is a locally-produced show on our public television affiliate WNPT called Tennessee Crossroads. Host…

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread I love fresh cranberries and stock up during this time of year so I have plenty in my freezer. One of my favorite recipes pairs them with  zesty orange juice to make a quick bread that is a marvelous eye opener on cold mornings. I have seen many versions of this recope…

Bay Leaves

Bay Leaves My friend Cindy clipped back her bay laurel plant and I was the lucky recipient of the leaves. Since I use bay leaves in any type of soup or stock, I was thrilled to have them fresh. I was also so glad to have a dehydrator. In 30 minutes, the leaves were dried…

Culinary Dinner

As we inch closer to the holidays and the end of the year, it seems natural to reflect on the past. I think of my favorite holiday meals and who was the best in our family at making certain dishes. I also think about my own first adventures in the kitchen that ended up being…

Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey

Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey On a Summer day in 2006, Andy and Charlie Nelson were visiting a butcher shop in Greenbrier, TN with their dad Bill. One thing led to another, and soon the three found themselves in the office of the local historical society gazing upon two perfectly preserved bottles of their great-great-great…