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…

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,…

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…

Jingles – 7 months

Happy 7 month birthday to Jingles, our Haute Flavor future Superhero Seeing Eye Dog! She is progressing beautifully with her leash training, house manners and commands. Someone out there is going to be very lucky to have Jingles one day next year! In the meantime, she gives joy to Nashville!

One Pan Brownies

One Pan Brownies There are some days when only chocolate will do. I had one of those days the other day, so it meant a pan of brownies. I am a huge fan of the 8×8-inch pan. Unlike the larger cousins, it gives you just enough of whatever dessert you are craving. I have used…

Egg Salad

Egg Salad  Every now and then, a random dish will float through my mind and it stays there. Nothing will do until I make it and satisfy the craving. The other day when I had egg salad on the brain, I knew better than to resist. I love egg salad but for some reason, I…