A New Old-Fashioned, an appetizer and Buttermilk Graffiti

I’m highlighting Chef Edward Lee today. Buttermilk Graffiti is the featured book for Cook the Books. Here’s a berry delightful and thymely cocktail along with a mushroom “hummus.” . . . → Read More: A New Old-Fashioned, an appetizer and Buttermilk Graffiti

Watermelon Fruit Salad with Mango, Blackberries and Basil

Here’s a salad perfect for the Fourth. It’s my contribution to this month’s Food ‘n Flix round featuring Dirty Dancing. . . . → Read More: Watermelon Fruit Salad with Mango, Blackberries and Basil


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

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
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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