Fresh, Easy Asparagus Lemon Salad

Can You Eat Raw Asparagus?  Yes, You Can! Funny how things work. I never really cared for asparagus, but since I lived for a time in prime asparagus country, where it’s known as “Hadley Grass” in Western Massachusetts, I can’t get enough of it. Coming to love asparagus makes me realize sometimes things just need …

How to Cook Winter Vegetables: Rev it Up!

Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. (That means I make a commission if you use my affiliate link to buy the product.)  Rev it Up! It’s the season of root vegetables, winter squash, and bitter greens. Sweet potatoes and butternut squash are nature’s candy! (Admittedly, it’s still easy at this point in …

The Dark Side: Five Recipes for Winter Greens

Vegetable Prep Summer produce is easy. Summer produce is the embodiment of an easy, breezy sunny day. Tomatoes are sliced. Okra only needs a short simmer or perhaps a bit of grilling. Fresh corn takes a quick dip in salted, boiling water and is eager and ready for a soft, melting knob of butter. Fall …

The Simple Life with Asparagus Recipes

Spring Vegetables? I came up to Massachusetts for the summer a little over 2 weeks ago. It’s a big shift changing houses and merging lives. I’ve gone from busy, bustling Intown ATL to a village founded in 1670 without a stop sign on Main Street, much less a traffic light. It’s a lot to manage, …

Lady Luck: Black Eyed Peas and Greens

Winter Greens Eating black eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day is a special Southern tradition, and folklore says it brings luck and money in the upcoming year. However, eating greens actually isn’t a rarity for me. We eat greens 3 or more nights a week. I buy bunches at the farmer’s market, but …

Bowls of Goodness

I collect bowls. I’ve got dinted and dinged up enamel bowls hanging in my kitchen. One of the older ones has a tiny hole in it and is actually patched with a small piece of grey tape. (Yes, that was my grandfather at his absolute finest. He was from the country and never threw anything …

Paris + Texas: Fall Recipes & Change is Good

Fall Produce While there’s absolutely nothing like a summer vine-ripe tomato or fresh sweet corn, have you ever considered that perhaps they wouldn’t be so special if we had them all the time? You know absence makes the heart grow fonder. Could you overload on summer produce? I’m not so sure, but I do love …

Labor Day Appetizers and Summer’s Sweet End

Country Living  I grew up in the country. Montezuma, Georgia. The population at the time hovered around 3000. I love the country, living in the country, and having the opportunity to dig in the dirt. There’s an undeniable simplicity with country living. I’ve spent the majority of the past few years in the country and …

Southern Saturdays with Virginia: Vidalia Onion Quiche

Spring may mean lamb to some, asparagus to others, and perhaps for a lucky few, spring means morel mushrooms. Not for me. Spring for me means Vidalia onions are in season. The season starts with the baby Vidalia’s. They look like an overgrown green onion or like an overly  bulbous leek. A short while later …

Bon Appétit, Y’all in Paris! Fried Chicken, Grits & Greens, and Biscuits

I’m in Paris at the Paris Cookbook Fair — and, that would be Paris, France, not Paris, Texas! It’s been crazy. I’ve been interviewed by Japanese television and there are so many different cultures represented I feel like I am at some sort of culinary United Nations. Yesterday I did a demonstration in the International …