Mom’s Pecan Pie

As I continue to revisit our Thanksgiving holiday recipes, take note of this pie. It could certainly find a home on your upcoming holiday table. . . . → Read More: Mom’s Pecan Pie

The Bee’s Knees

This cocktail is perfect to celebrate fall and the end of summer heat. Hopefully, you are experiencing an Indian Summer where you are and can enjoy this on the patio. . . . → Read More: The Bee’s Knees

Honey Cookies

I baked up some honey cookies to celebrate this month’s Cook the Books round. For our latest read we perused through “The Wedding Bees” by Sarah-Kate Lynch. . . . → Read More: Honey Cookies

Honey and Sriracha Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Follow me as I am inspired by a new restaurant’s menu that leads to our Easter dinner. What was on the menu? These sweet potatoes, deviled eggs with pickled mustard seeds, grilled leg of lamb, and quinoa salad. . . . → Read More: Honey and Sriracha Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Moroccan Raw Carrot and Beet Salad with Golden Raisins

Growing up I disliked beets and raisins.


I think it is interesting to trace our food phobias—trace them back to that horrific childhood memory where one first tasted the foul ingredient.  Notice I said “disliked,” not hated, because I really can’t think of a food that I absolutely hate.    So my dislike of . . . → Read More: Moroccan Raw Carrot and Beet Salad with Golden Raisins

Honey French Dressing

I reworked a salad dressing from a vintage junior league cookbook. (Good grief, when did the 80s become vintage?) . . . → Read More: Honey French Dressing

Bourbon-Pickled Jalapenos

As gardeners, we are dependent on the seasons.   Although it is well into fall here, we are still having very mild days.   This means we are trying to keep our summer produce still producing like tomatoes and peppers.

I big ‘o bucket of jalapeno hotness!

The peppers seem to love this time . . . → Read More: Bourbon-Pickled Jalapenos

Spicy Thai Noodle Salad with Raw Veggies

This is a great salad thanks to Jen at Juanita’s Cocina. I used some radishes and green onions from the garden and some basil from the green house. . . . → Read More: Spicy Thai Noodle Salad with Raw Veggies

Pickled Wild Onions with Local Honey and “Unruly” Rosemary

I found this recipe at Food & Wine. It spoke to me because it called for wild onions, local honey, and wild rosemary. . . . → Read More: Pickled Wild Onions with Local Honey and “Unruly” Rosemary

Georgia O’Keeffe Applesauce

I can’t quite. I am still inspired by New Mexico. Here is Georgia O’Keeffe’s applesauce recipe with a secret ingredient from another great cook. . . . → Read More: Georgia O’Keeffe Applesauce

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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