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October 31, 2018

Ever made dough and wondered what in the world to do with it?  What, only me???  I made this tart to take to someone's house and it was a big hit.  I recommend you do the same.  You don't have to tell them it's gluten-free or plant-based, let them make up their own min...

October 24, 2018

Do you ever get the urge to bake something?  A longing to combine ingredients and feel dough in your hands.  The smell of something warm and sweet wafting from the oven.I sure do!   Inspiration seems to be everywhere.  In a picture, a recipe, a movie, the store.  This...

September 11, 2018

Cocktail time!  This refreshing sweet tart libation is reminiscent of a Greyhound but all grown up and sassy with sweet pineapple sage and tart juniper laced dry gin.  The perfect drink for every occasion from brunch to cocktail hour.  You may think sage, grapefruit, a...

August 5, 2018

For some reason this summer I have become addicted to stone fruit.  All of them are so beautiful in the markets.  Plums, apricots, nectarine, peaches, so many I can't even list them all in every shade of the rainbow.  I came across the most beautiful plums in the perfe...

June 15, 2018

There is a moniker in the South called GRITS. It stands for Girl Raised in the South and it describes my grandmother perfectly. She loves that saying and points it out everywhere we go on t-shirts and bookmarks and canvas bags.  Although I was born in the South, I was...

May 27, 2018

Quite often when I get a sweet tooth I make brownies.  They are simple and delicious and can satisfy every craving from cake to fudge.  The recipe, however, is endlessly malleable with whatever you have on hand or whatever creative inspiration you want to explore.  I’v...

April 20, 2018

You know summer is rumbling down the road toward us when strawberries begin to appear in the market.  The harbinger of warm days, family gatherings, cookouts and picnics.  I just couldn't help myself when I saw a pile of these beauties on sale so I bought them and rush...

February 28, 2018

Ever wonder why brides carry bouquets of flowers?  I did so just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I asked the oracle (uh hem, Google).  The response included everything from the sweet scent of flowers and herbs warding off evil spirits to metaphors for fertility and n...

February 20, 2018

I have this love affair with the French Laundry in the Napa Valley.  I haven't been able to eat there and it is on my bucket list of life.  I've tried three times without success.  The restaurant was closed every time, a private party, renovations or who knows.  I don'...

February 5, 2018

This started as a failed banana cream pie recipe.  I had a busy weekend planned but really wanted to test a banana cream pie recipe I found.  So I made all the components and put the pie together while it was still warm.  Unfortunately I ran out of time, however, I des...

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