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Southern SPREADS: Special Ingredients for Light Summer Meals

May 31st, 2015 | By | Category: LIVE
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Summer in the south is a state of mind. We grow our own vegetables (or get stellar choices at the farmers market). We move a little slower, and drink mind-boggling amounts of iced tea. We continue to gather around the table and share food, but the style of food changes to match the weather. We [...]



Best In Brunch

Mar 31st, 2015 | By | Category: LIVE

In the spring there are plenty of occasions for brunch; Mother’s Day and Easter are the two that come to mind, but there are always baby showers and wedding showers and birthdays that are fun to celebrate. I love the idea of a springtime brunch with friends. In my mind, we look like we’re straight [...]



Snow Day Kitchen Play: Stock your Pantry for Easy Comfort Food

Jan 31st, 2015 | By | Category: LIVE
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We all laugh at each other and ourselves each time snow is predicted. It seems to be a local covenant: Run to the store to buy bread and milk! (I’ve got an excuse: with two teenaged boys, I buy bread and milk every time I go to the store!) Many times, when I arrive before [...]



Gifts from the Kitchen: New Takes on Holiday Traditions

Oct 31st, 2014 | By | Category: LIVE

Picture the scene: December 20-something in the afternoon, your doorbell rings. You rush to the door expecting a uniformed delivery person, bringing that last, most important gift you ordered for your spouse. But no! Outside is your neighbor, clutching another beautiful bounty of her homemade specialty, and you, again, are unprepared… This year, vow to [...]



Eating Lunch “al Desko”

Aug 31st, 2014 | By | Category: LIVE
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There are all kinds of reasons why packing your lunch is a good idea: it’s cheaper than eating out, you can control calories and ingredients, and the menu choices are limited only to your imagination and personal pantry stock—not the same old cafeteria or restaurant menus. Before I owned a restaurant (and made a living [...]



Pucker Up!: Lemons Can Brighten Any Dish

May 30th, 2014 | By | Category: LIVE
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When life gives you lemons…consider yourself lucky! Thinking about lemons and all of their uses in the kitchen makes me think that they are as vital an ingredient as salt and pepper. Lemons are an irreplaceable ingredient in both sweet and savory cooking, but also can be used as a natural preservative, disinfectant, deodorizer, stain [...]



Strawberry Season: Looking Forward to a Rite of Spring

Feb 28th, 2014 | By | Category: LIVE
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Each year after a long chilly winter, we cherish the arrival of spring fruits and vegetables. The first tip of asparagus to break ground, a pea tendril curling around its support, bright white strawberry blossoms ready to turn into juicy red fruits all signal the arrival of spring. One of my favorite rites of spring [...]



Salt!

Nov 14th, 2013 | By | Category: LIVE

A few years ago I attended a food show with my friend and co-worker Jennifer Porter. The food shows we attended were huge, but there was always one ‘hot’ product—the item of the year. That year, it seemed that every third booth was a salt vendor hawking salt in every color from every region of [...]



Comfort Food Goes Luxe

Sep 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: LIVE

As the weather turns cooler, our minds turn to comfort foods: hot, cheesy, feel-good foods. When we think of comfort foods, it usually includes a smell, doesn’t it? Meat roasting, cheese browning. Interestingly, your idea of what’s comfort food may depend on where you grew up and where your ancestors were from. Some of us [...]



If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!: Refreshing ‘No-Cook’ Summer Meals

May 30th, 2013 | By | Category: LIVE
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During the hottest summer days, even toasting a slice of bread seems to make the kitchen hotter. During the dog days of summer, I do everything I can to avoid extra heat, especially when it comes to mealtime. Purchasing prepared food is an obvious answer: picking up fried chicken from your favorite roadside shop is [...]