Farmers Market recipes

Grits with summer vegetable sauté

We have a good-natured joke down here in the South about a man from “up North” who visits a diner in a small Southern town and is asked by the waitress, “would you like grits with that?” and the man says, “sure, I’ll try one.”  🙂 Grits are one of the signature foods of the… Continue reading Grits with summer vegetable sauté


Let’s Get Cheesy: Smoked Gouda & Cheddar Grits!

Any day, to me, is a great day to have grits. Monday. Sunday. All the days in between. I love them! I want to share a recipe that my friend Shea Bullard shared with me a year or so ago. It’s so full of flavor, so spicy with red pepper flakes and slightly smoky from… Continue reading Let’s Get Cheesy: Smoked Gouda & Cheddar Grits!


Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

For my birthday every year my friend Crystal gives me a big chunk of gouda. She knows it’s one of my favorite cheeses!  It has such a mild, nutty flavor and creamy texture that I just can’t get enough of it. One of my favorite comfort foods is the simple grilled cheese sandwich.  What’s not… Continue reading Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


Cooking Class numéro deux: Bouquet garni and book list for cooks and chefs

I pulled up to the homey, friendly Edom Bakery and Grill Tuesday night ten minutes early, as opposed to ten minutes late, like last week, when we had the torrential rains in East Texas.  Several of my classmates were already sitting around a table,  looking over notes and recipes Jackson had ready for us.  I… Continue reading Cooking Class numéro deux: Bouquet garni and book list for cooks and chefs


Creamy, incredible macaroni and cheese

I realize that calling macaroni and cheese “incredible” might seem like hyperbole, but I was really craving some of this cheesy pasta, and when I tasted this tonight, I was ecstatic! It was everything I was hoping for: creamy, cheesy, a bit crusty on top, with a nice zingy flavor, due to the dry mustard… Continue reading Creamy, incredible macaroni and cheese


Memorial Day: Food and Family

Monday was a wonderful day for my family.  I hope it was for yours, too.   Memorial Day is a great day for us all to stop and remember those who died in the armed services for our country. Freedom isn’t free, as the saying goes.  It’s important to stop and pray, as we did,… Continue reading Memorial Day: Food and Family

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More love for grits

“Feasting is also closely related to memory. We eat certain things in a particular way in order to remember who we are. Why else would you eat grits in Madison, New Jersey?” Jeff Smith, ‘The Frugal Gourmet Keeps the Feast’ (1995) If you have read my blog in past days, or if you really know… Continue reading More love for grits

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Grits: The New “Cool” Food?

I have been eating grits since I was a toddler.  Grits were in regular rotation in my mom’s kitchen, usually for breakfast,  but also with fish for dinner sometimes. Our typical ways of eating grits were with a sunny-side-up egg mixed in, topped with salt and pepper, or with American cheese mixed into a bowl… Continue reading Grits: The New “Cool” Food?


German Potato Bake

I recently attended an after-church brunch at my friend Yvette’s home.  She has such a lovely home in Tyler, and she and Clay and their daughters make everyone feel very welcome there. They’re so nice and fun! I didn’t count how many people showed up with food for the meal, but there were more than… Continue reading German Potato Bake