“Muscadines, muscadines, their overture of sweetness in the mouth and brain testifying to the Holy Trinity of Sun, Rain, and Dirt…” ~James Tighe (Have you tried muscadine pepper jelly? It’s fantastic!)
On a rainy night, a warm one-pot pasta meal hits the spot. Our soup…it does, too! Here are some recipes for both, including a new recipe for winter vegetable-ricotta pasta!
Dig out your cast iron skillet and let it impress you with its versatility! It adds a beautiful texture to these new, simple vegetable recipes. Plus, I have a new vintage find to share with you!
Lewis Grizzard shared an absolute truth, as far as I’m concerned, when he said, “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts when eating a homegrown tomato.” I can enjoy a store-bought tomato, of course. I find the grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, especially, are quite sweet and easy to use. But the larger, slicing… Continue reading Tomato ecstasy: Kicked-up panzanella
Vegetables that are abundant and delicious in season are culinary treasures, provided by the sweat and care of farmers, whether large scale farmers or backyard farmers. The issue sometimes becomes finding enough ways to eat the bounty without letting any of it go to waste! Not wanting to be wasteful is a good thing; share… Continue reading Simply delicious: Mama Steph’s Parmesan vegetable skillet bake
If there’s one thing my mama taught me, it was to love good Southern food. There are so many foods that we in the American South claim as our own…some of them, many northern folks haven’t even tried. That’s ok, of course, as they have their specialties, too; regional cooking is wonderful. But I digress.… Continue reading Mama Steph’s Southern grits and greens casserole
Ok, so maybe the idea of roasted sweet potatoes doesn’t get you all stirred up like, say, a pan of red velvet brownies cut into heart shapes or something equally charming. But let me defend the merits of the roasted sweet potato: sweet potatoes are available year ’round, they’re easily made delicious when prepared correctly,… Continue reading Cooking Basics: Roasted sweet potatoes
Williams-Sonoma, a favorite longtime culinary resource, is celebrating smoothie week this week! Smoothies are perfect for busy, hungry, or impatient people, because they’re easy to make in a hurry, they fill you up with creamy goodness, and they can be as decadent or as healthful as you like. I often enjoy being creative and making… Continue reading Mama Steph’s “quik” frozen banana coffee smoothie
How about an easy-to-make and easy-to-eat pasta for dinner? This is one that I’ve made three times over the past month. It’s simple: put some fresh tomatoes across the bottom of your skillet, top with dry pasta and some veggies and spices, pour water over the whole thing, and stir as it cooks for nine… Continue reading Dinner in 10: One pan spicy tomato pasta
It’s finally happened, y’all; cool autumn air has finally arrived at my house! Some of you have had it for awhile; I’ve tried not to be envious. I’ve been buying quilts over the last few months, just preparing for the arrival of winter; I’ve been doing canning and freezing, when I could, with the delicious… Continue reading Roasted sweet potatoes with brown butter-sage sauce