Homemade Hummus

As I socially isolate at home, I am taking the opportunity to utilize items in my pantry that have been there a while. I always keep a good supply of dry beans of numerous types on hand and decided to put some dried garbanzo beans (chickpeas) to use. In using up items from my freezer…

Smoked Chili

As we inch toward spring, I find myself craving one last batch of chili. So yesterday I gave into that temptation and since it was a mild day, carried it to the smoker rather than keep it inside on the stove or in the slow cooker. WOW! What a terrific difference that made and now…

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread I love fresh cranberries and stock up during this time of year so I have plenty in my freezer. One of my favorite recipes pairs them with  zesty orange juice to make a quick bread that is a marvelous eye opener on cold mornings. I have seen many versions of this recope…

Culinary Dinner

As we inch closer to the holidays and the end of the year, it seems natural to reflect on the past. I think of my favorite holiday meals and who was the best in our family at making certain dishes. I also think about my own first adventures in the kitchen that ended up being…

Sweet Potato Pie

Everyone’s Favorite Sweet Potato Pie Yield: 8 servings 1 recipe Single Pie Pastry 2 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 teaspoon pure vanilla or walnut extract Dash of ground nutmeg Dash of ground cinnamon 1 1/3 cups cooked, mash sweet potatoes Preheat the oven to 350°F….

Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk Pie I will admit that I am not one to sit down and enjoy a cold glass of buttermilk, but when it comes to cooking, I love it! Nothing comes close to matching that tang, that zip and that complexity it adds to foods. Every container of buttermilk that comes into my house will…

Pizza Crust

PIZZA CRUST I have always been a fan of thin pizza crust. There are a couple of reasons.  I don’t have to wait around for the dough to rise. I don’t fill up on the extra “bread” with a thick crust. In less than 15 minutes, it’s topped and ready to go.  It cooks on…

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…

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…