Mini-Cheesecake

What? I thought we were on a rice bowl and salad challenge. We had to throw in one dessert. It’s just a mini one…. . . . → Read More: Mini-Cheesecake

Busy Day Cobbler

Here is an easy and adaptable cobbler to accompany a cookbook review of Victuals by Ronni Lundy. . . . → Read More: Busy Day Cobbler

A Berry Good Sangria

Find an afternoon of leisure, sit on your patio or deck, and sip some berry good sangria. . . . → Read More: A Berry Good Sangria

Blackberry Thyme

It is blackberry season here and I wanted to share a few of our favorite recipes today. Notice my clever title? At least a few of these recipes also utilize some fresh herbs. AND HERE’S A GREAT MARGARITA RECIPE! . . . → Read More: Blackberry Thyme

Black and Blue and Red Salad

Today I am replicating a salad that will be served at this year’s Kentucky Derby. . . . → Read More: Black and Blue and Red Salad

Freezing Blackberries

I said that the last post was my last blackberry jam post.    It was not my last blackberry  post.

I still had a few more quarts to go.   I was  tired of making jam so I decided to freeze the rest for pies and cobblers and making them  much later.   (I . . . → Read More: Freezing Blackberries

Blackberry-Lime Jam

I gave some blackberry jam to a friend and colleague for her birthday last year.    She told me her husband paid this jam his best complement.

“This is some damn fine jam.”

I blushed.

This was the last of our 16 quarts of berries (and a lime thrown in for a prop.)

. . . → Read More: Blackberry-Lime Jam

Blackberry-Port Jam

Local blackberries are ready for the picking. . . . → Read More: Blackberry-Port Jam

Blackberry-Cucumber Water

I am addicted to flavored water this summer.

Last summer got me hooked when Sassy Water was making the Pinterest rounds.

Now I am experimenting with whatever fresh stuff I have in the kitchen.

Most recently (with 2 1/2 flats of blackberries to use), I dreamed this up.

I am really fickle, but this is . . . → Read More: Blackberry-Cucumber Water

It’s blackberry pickin’ time again!

Recipes for Blackberry-Lemon Jam with Cinnamon Basil and Blackberry-Lime Jam . . . → Read More: It’s blackberry pickin’ time again!

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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