Category Archives: Recipes

Thanksgiving for Lazy People — Make-ahead Turkey and Gravy

In a Facebook discussion about my last post, a friend asked how it is possible for my mom to make the turkey and me to make the gravy at two separate houses. It was revealed that I actually make the gravy at their house before our shared Thanksgiving meal but that Mom makes the turkey […]

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Autumn Basil Bounty? Pesto!

  It’s been a banner year for basil around here — regular rain and moderate temperatures have left us with a big, beautiful plant loaded with those fragrant green leaves that speak summer to me. Now is the moment for pesto — pesto for tonight’s pasta supper and pesto for the freezer to enjoy during frigid […]

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Dumplings, the Chicken’s Best Friend

Mom’s dumplings — just saying that conjures up a flood of sensations and memories of Thanksgiving dinners reaching back long before my birth into my mother’s kitchen, of course, but into her mother’s and lots and lots of other mothers. My mom’s are the best — better than mine and certainly better than Cracker Barrel’s, […]

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Cheer for Chutney + Winner Announced

Chutney, relish, conserves, and jellies have all but disappeared from most of our everyday dinner tables, but they were a fixture in days gone by, especially at times of year when fresh produce was in short supply. I think these cheery little tastes ought to be brought back to the table more often, but at […]

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Lori’s Almost-Famous Peanut Butter Pie

Need a crowd-pleasing dessert you can make ahead, refrigerate, and forget about until serving time? I like this peanut butter pie better than any I have ever had, hands-down. Everybody loves it, and it is great any season of the year. It is rich, so think of serving thin slices and having it after a […]

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Breakfast Burritos for a Crowd (or for one!)

Breakfast Burritos are one of my favorite ways to feed a crowd, a family, or just one or two because everybody who’s anybody loves them. I have made them more than once over the years with the kids in my summer cooking classes, usually paired with fruit smoothies or a fruit salad and they are […]

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Pucker Up, Buttercup: Lemon and Berry Pie or Parfaits

Summer means thinking of ways to have your dessert and not heat the kitchen, too, and variations on lemon icebox pie are at the top of my bag of tricks for ways to satisfy my sweet tooth with a minimum of fuss and heat. At the girls’ camp we talked about earlier, we wanted to […]

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Evolution of a Go-To Recipe: Main Dish Salad with Grilled Chicken, Fruit, and Poppy Seed Dressing

 Most cooks who have been in the kitchen for any length of time have at least a handful of standby recipes, dishes they make again and again because they are extra-delicious, easy, or versatile. Go-to recipes are the culinary equivalent of a habit, which is not a bad thing at all if they are well […]

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The Best Thing You’ll Eat This Summer: Tomato Basil Pie

Tomato Pie is apparently a famous Southern dish, although nobody in my north Alabama family ever ate it, as far as I know. Perhaps it was more the province of men who went to work in offices and ladies who bathed a couple of times a day in the hottest weeks and ate their pimento […]

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Summer Staple : Chopped Salad with Feta, Lime, Mint, and Sunflower Seeds

I love salad in some form all year round. In fall and winter we eat a lot of lettuce/onion/fruit/cheese/nut combos. In spring, I’m always tossing tender garden greens with various herby dressing concoctions. Now that the spring lettuce is bolting in the heat, I turn to bulky lettuce-free mixtures of whatever is wonderful in the […]

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