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,…

Tennessee Whiskey Trail – Part 2

We recently began the “arduous” task of completing the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. We are in the early stages of our journey, but as someone once said, “getting there is considerably more than half the fun.” That is especially the case with this journey. Part 2 of the TWT wasn’t nearly as involved as Part 1….

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…

Bacon Wrapped Corn

Bacon Wrapped Corn Although the calendar is shifting toward fall, the temperatures don’t quite feel that way yet. And the summer corn that was wonderfully sweet two months ago is merely corn now. But there’s a way to salvage the season with bacon coming to the rescue. I preheated the pellet grill to 375 degrees…

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…

Eggplant

Eggplant is taking over my kitchen! Like many garden items, it is either a feast or a famine and right now it is a never ending feast. Since grocery prices seem to climb each week, the solution is to freeze the excess for later use when the season has ended and it is back to…

Tennessee Whiskey Trail – Part 1

A few weeks ago, we were trying to plan a weekend getaway with two of our oldest and dearest friends – John and Donna. They are responsible for matchmaking us many years ago, and our friendships go all the way back to our fraternity and sorority pledge classes. The idea was to go to Louisville…

Mister Magic

I have been a cleaning machine lately during these hot late afternoons. Both the refrigerator and freezer have been at the top of my list. The freezer is there because I like to use up all the frozen veggies from last year before my garden excess from this year kicks in. The refrigerator is there…

Pork Shoulder BBQ

Unless you have time to burn, preparing a pork shoulder for the weekend holiday will be overwhelming. But the slow cooker can make easy work of this in a snap. It doesn’t heat up your kitchen, can be pulled together in minutes, then turned on low overnight to have lunch ready for your celebration the…