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Spaghetti carbonara: Italy’s comfort food

There are versions of comfort food in every culture. For some, it’s macaroni and cheese, while for others, it’s garlic soup or lentil stew. I never really thought  much about the comfort food of other countries until recently. I love my own comfort food, like  buttermilk biscuits or the aforementioned macaroni and cheese. But then… Continue reading Spaghetti carbonara: Italy’s comfort food

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Cooking basics: Cinnamon-butter acorn squash

I am a big fan of most types of squash, as long as it’s cooked the right way. My dad used to cook yellow squash in a sauce pan with a lot of onion and some water for moisture, and if I’m not mistaken, some bacon. The squash would basically turn into mush, and I… Continue reading Cooking basics: Cinnamon-butter acorn squash

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The grilled peach salad of my dreams

I have weird dreams. They say that’s a sign of a creative mind, right? Last night I actually dreamed that I did so much decluttering in my kitchen that I had some empty cabinets. I mean, who dreams that? Anyone who knows me well knows that dreaming about organizing is somewhat out of character for… Continue reading The grilled peach salad of my dreams

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Save a little summer sun in your freezer: Freezing fresh tomatoes

A few years back when my three boys were little and we lived down in Anderson County on an acre of beautiful, chicken-poop fortified black dirt, I grew tomatoes. Not just a few tomatoes. My husband put in 40 or more tomato plants, along with corn, various varieties of peppers, purple hull peas, and butterbeans.… Continue reading Save a little summer sun in your freezer: Freezing fresh tomatoes

Breakfast and brunch · comfort food · desserts · Uncategorized

Sweet roll cake: all the flavor of cinnamon rolls without the work!

My sweet friend Jennifer Hines found a recipe she just knew I’d like, and she was right! Oh, my goodness, this cake is easy to make, yes, but even if if were difficult, I’d make it again. It’s that decadently good. And no dealing with yeast, as when you make real cinnamon rolls. Fabulously simple.… Continue reading Sweet roll cake: all the flavor of cinnamon rolls without the work!

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Mason Jar love: Simple layered salads & other fun ideas

There is something simple and nostalgic about Mason jars.  I love their simple, shiny clean look, and how they hold the promise of something delicious held over from the garden’s harvest. John Mason invented and patented the first glass jar with a screw-on cap in 1858, and though he didn’t make much  money from his… Continue reading Mason Jar love: Simple layered salads & other fun ideas

Breakfast and brunch · Farmers Market recipes

Peaches & Cream French Toast Casserole

I always think of my Uncle Jessie Hill when I hear the words “peaches and cream.”  Whenever we’d visit his home in Laurenburg, N.C., he’d make sure to feed my little sister Sherrin and me a bowl of peaches and cream, which was, to me, an amazing food, as I had never had cream before.… Continue reading Peaches & Cream French Toast Casserole