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…

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…

15 Minute Broccoli

Every day I am harvesting fresh broccoli and have been for weeks. As the temperatures rise, I know my opportunity to continue this delicious routine is quickly coming to an end. I’ll just go ahead and tell you that my least favorite method of serving this garden delight is smothered in cheese sauce. I want…

White Cake

Small But Mighty! Sometimes I have a very real need for frosted cake, but don’t want the excess of an entire sheet or multiple layers. I’m sure you’ve been there. Enter the 8×8-inch baking pan. This is just enough to beautifully end a nice meal, but you won’t have to deal with lots of leftovers…

Roasted Mix Nuts

While everyone is glued to the television tonight for the College Football National Championship, you can have a snack in front of them that is perfectly balanced between sweet and salty. Transform an ordinary can of mixed nuts to a feast with this easy recipe. Roasting them in a low temperature oven is super simple…

Olive Dip

Dip, Dip Hooray!   If there was ever a season for dips, it’s happening now. With holiday parties in full swing, you can count on a bowl with surrounding chips, crackers and raw vegetables. The beauty of these dunkable appetizers is that they come together quickly and have mass appeal. But instead of the same…

Sweet Potato Pie

Everyone’s Favorite Sweet Potato Pie Perhaps you routinely reach for pecan or chocolate pie for something to end a meal. Both are great, but I prefer a not-so-sugary but equally satisfying slice of sweet potato pie. Produce bins are loaded with supplies of this freshly harvested tuber and you more than likely have a stash…

Wine Stoppers

Wine Stoppers Walk around any gift shop and you’ll find a mountain of cute wine stoppers that are quite frankly useless. They look nice in the bottle, but do little to seal the bottle. And if you need to lay the bottle on its side in the refrigerator, look for a mess. That’s why I…