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Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

This is a breath of brightness and beauty in the middle of winter – roasted beets served with juicy oranges and piquant red onions perched atop peppery arugula and fresh greens. One of my many favorite things in popping in for a visit with Emily […]

Orange and Maple Scented Brussels Sprouts

Orange and Maple Scented Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts just might be the most hated, though often never tried, misunderstood vegetable there is. But things change when you take sprouts, toss them with olive oil and orange zest then gently sear them until they begin to caramelize. Add a splash of orange […]

Southern Fried Okra

Southern Fried Okra

There’s no way one can buy just a little okra when you are lucky enough to find gorgeous, fresh okra. And if you have fresh okra, well you have to make fried okra! Fried okra is another Southern staple. Okra, dusted with cornmeal and flour […]

Stewed Summer Squash

Stewed Summer Squash

There’s something that feels somewhat Southern and comforting about stewed summer squash. It’s a simple dish with delicate flavors – and with each bite it captures everything wonderful about this sunny yellow vegetable. Summer squash reminds me of my Grandmother, Tassie Mae. Every summer both […]

Vichyssoise

Vichyssoise

Vichyssoise – a rich, creamy potato and leek soup – is a delicious switch from the traditional potato soup served hot. This is one soup you won’t mind getting cold. There are disputes about the true birthplace of vichyssoise. Some claim the roots of this […]

Okra and Tomatoes

Okra and Tomatoes

This is an old, simple country dish. Fresh okra sautéed with sweet onions in a bit of bacon drippings then simmered in chicken stock with vine ripe tomatoes. Okra is considered a Southern vegetable – it thrives in our warm summer climate. We grew up […]

Creamy Southern Grits

Creamy Southern Grits

There’s nothing more comforting than enjoying a wonderful batch of grits! And there’s truly nothing more Southern! After a recent trip to Atlanta I was reminded of how luscious a really good pot of grits can be. Emily made grits for a gathering and seconds […]

Fresh Tomato Tart

Fresh Tomato Tart

I don’t know about you but it’s hard for me to go to the farmer’s market, take one whiff of the fresh tomatoes, and leave without buying an armful! And though fresh tomatoes are wonderful with just a sprinkling of salt and a dash of […]

Strawberry, Spinach and Arugula Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry, Spinach and Arugula Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

If it’s true we first eat with our eyes, then this salad is worth a look! When I was catering with my dear friend Jane we were always looking for great salads. This is a spinoff of a salad that was frequently requested and one […]

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets and Apple Cider Dressing

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets and Apple Cider Dressing

Mother’s Day is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than to acknowledge the wonderful women in our lives? This is a nod to my Grandmother – Tassie Mae – one of the women in my life who taught me about food, family […]

Baked Tomatoes

Baked Tomatoes

If you’re looking for a fun alternative to the cup of tomato soup that’s typically paired with a gooey grilled cheese – then look no further than these sumptuous baked tomatoes! Baked tomatoes are certainly not new. I’ve found recipes in cookbooks belonging to my […]

Stuffed Summer Squash

Stuffed Summer Squash

Commonly known by many names – summer squash, yellow squash, crook neck or straight neck – this squash variety is probably one of the most familiar. And though one of the most ubiquitous of the squash family we seem to struggle when it comes to […]



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