Category: summer

At 8:30 am this Sunday, while I wiped the sleep from my eyes and noticed that my only snuggle partner was my fourteen year old dog (lifted lovingly onto the bed each morning by her papa), I heard a familiar muffled clamor coming from the kitchen.  My husband was making fresh sausage for us to […]

Hello, and happy summer to all of you!  It’s a delightfully sunny Monday morning, and the cool breeze feels like an unexpected gift, reaching me even as I write you from my screened porch.  I’m celebrating today!  Why?  Well, because today marks the fifth year of me being a free agent.  Early this morning, all […]

I wore white pants today.  Sure, it’s after Labor Day, but I figured there’s still a few more days left of summer, so I might as well rock them one last time.  Some people say the “white pants rules” are a thing of the past anyway, but I’m no fashion expert.  What I can speak […]

Being a cook, and a lover of food who can whip up a meal from just about anything, gives friends, clients, and neighbors the green light to hand off all manner of food-related items that they can’t use.  This is a total blessing for me, as there’s always room in my fridge for more.  The […]

Holy cow!  It’s Labor Day weekend!  Donnnnnnnnnn’t go, summer!!!!!!!!!!!  Man.  What’s next?  Halloween?  Thanksgiving??  2014???  I am not ready, y’all.  I wish we could slow it all down and relish each moment a little bit longer.  But, I supposed life isn’t gonna slow down for me or you any time soon.  Here’s what I’ve been […]

Hey, Y’all.  I’m not going to talk about the rain today.  Not the bajillion days of rain we’ve had this summer or the number or inches of rainfall we’ve experienced beyond our average.  I’m also not going to talk about the terrifying elementary school shooting that took place a few miles from our little town.  […]

Working with seasonal ingredients affords me the opportunity to experiment and create constantly, making me one lucky girl, because I love that sorta thing.  Mostly, I tap into my intuition about how foods behave and how flavors and textures play together, and I try to highlight the star fruit or vegetable in a simple and […]

Finally this week, we’ve gotten a good dose of sunshine!  I was dropping off meals to a client and humming a little John Denver to myself, enjoying the glory of the warmth on my face.  I got into the car, turned on am 1690, and “Sunshine on My Shoulders” had just begun.  Whaaatttt?!?!?!  Apparently the […]

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much rain in my life.  Over the past few weeks, the rain has become less a topic of idle chit chat and more a state of being.  The ground is just soaked, streams of water carving out dark, muddy pathways which only lead to more water.  Big, fat, […]

Tomorrow is the 4th of July, and I am wondering where the heck the first half of 2013 has gone.  Geez Louise. Just in case you are feeling a little behind the eight ball too, I figured I’d share a few last minute Independence Day recipes with you. I hope you will have a safe […]