Asparagus

The wait was worth it! Five years ago, we planted asparagus in our garden and this year, we are blessed with a bounty worthy of feeding multitudes. It is like mushrooms … you go out the following morning after harvesting the day before and there it is again, like magic. I never get tired of…

Fondue

I have always loved fondue. I think because the eating process is so active and you are forced slow down. It encourages conversation and it an intimate experience. I decided to serve a cheese fondue the other night when some friends came over for cocktails. I wish I had counted how many times someone said,…

Southern Caviar

Southern Caviar I am dedicated to using the garden items I have preserved from the summer. My pantry and freezer are currently housing deliciousness from what seems like a harvest long ago. That’s why this recipe for Southern Caviar is so appealing … it uses my black eyed peas, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers and onions…

Toffee Cookies

What is not to love about toffee, a delicious cooked mixture of sugar, cream and butter. It tastes luxurious and decadent. I always have a bag of toffee chips in my pantry because I never know when they might need to be sprinkled on warm pie, cold ice cream or pudding. But I wasn’t in…

Marshmallow Sauce

I love the flavor of marshmallows. While many have been plopping them into hot chocolate or topping mashed sweet potatoes, I like making marshmallow sauce. It is the perfect garnish for toasted slices of angel food cake, brownies, or drizzled over fruit pizza. This recipe is easy and fast but most of all delicious! Marshmallow…

Apple Crisp

Recently after a photo shoot, I had leftover apple pie filling. Since I hate wasting any food, I decided to utilize it in a crustless apple crisp. It was so easy, smelled incredible baking and was the perfect dessert as the temperatures drop. I say “was” because it was gobbled up quickly. Yours will too…

Creme Fraiche

Creme Fraiche If you have 2 minutes to spare, you can make Creme Fraiche, which is the absolute best sour cream ever. You will never purchase it again in the grocery store after one taste. The kitchen counter takes care of all the work so there are no excuses for putting off making it. Plus,…

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup Let the temperature drop even slightly and I’m ready to make soup. Yesterday, I let my slow cooker tantalize us all day long as the makings for Chicken Noodle Soup bubbled away. And the reason I say “the makings” is because too many people do this wrong. In this recipe, you’ll see…

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble As the summer growing season winds down, I find myself grabbing those fruits that I know will be not only less plentiful but higher in price very soon. Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are going to quickly transition to fall apples, pears and cranberries. So when a friend of mine supplied me with some…

Spaghetti Squash

Like all members of the squash family, it’s feast or famine … you have a few precious pickings at first then an absolute flood of it. My friend Cindy brings me several spaghetti squash at a time for that exact reason. So yesterday, it was time to make “macaroni” and cheese with one. Why haven’t…