Potato Salad

When it’s sticky hot outside, I crave something easy, simple and cold for nearly every meal. Potato salad fits the bill beautifully. The only heat I create is for boiling the potatoes. The rest is a simple chop, measure, mix and stir while I allow the refrigerator to do the enhancement magic. Then I have…

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…

Meatballs

Meatballs It is no secret that I love meatballs. Maybe it’s because of the size. Perhaps it’s because they usually accompany pasta. Regardless, there is something quite special about these formed balls of meat that underlines the extra effort that went into getting them on the table. Technically, they are balls of ground meat that…

Pickles

Pickles As cucumber plants go crazy, I do too … in the kitchen making pickles. Lately it’s been Bread and Butter, which are sweet and seasoned with mustard seeds, turmeric and celery seeds. Later I will be making dills, which are the standard for placing beside a sandwich. The tartness is pucker-worthy but just right…

Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers The first cucumbers that I harvest are always reserved for salad and I picked my first ones this week. While I certainly chop them up for green salads, my favorite is a truly green salad that I serve over mixed baby lettuce. I have been making it for years and am not even sure…

Cauliflower and Cheese

Cauliflower and Cheese I have been harvesting fresh cauliflower from my garden for weeks. It is a wonderful reminder of how much I love this versatile vegetable. Most of the time, I sprinkle it with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and pop it into the oven to roast. It’s super easy and the…

English Pea Salad

English Pea Salad Although it feels like summer, it is still spring and my garden is yielding the rewards of early planting. Green onions, leaf lettuce, herbs and English peas have given the inside of my refrigerator every shade of green. So I decided to combine all of them into a cold salad to help…

Perfect Southern Cornbread

CORNBREAD South Pittsburg, TN is a charming little town between Murfreesboro and Chattanooga right off I-24. It is famously home to The Lodge, my very favorite maker of cast iron cookware. On the last weekend of April for the over two decades, the town has hosted the National Cornbread Festival, which is a fantastic family…

Macaroni & Cheese

I have loved macaroni and cheese my whole life. It is much more than comfort food … it holds memories of my Grandmother’s house and the particular dish she always used to prepare it. I have made it literally dozens of ways, but the old-fashioned way of making a sauce with butter, flour, milk, salt…

Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese I believe I have been a fan of Pimento Cheese since birth. The heavenly mixture of shredded cheese, mayonnaise and bright pimento peppers is a Southern classic and one of my favorite comfort foods. For years, I only enjoyed it slathered on fresh white bread. Then I began grilling the sandwich and later…