Okra and Eggplant Cobbler

Food often reminds me that I’m a Yankee living in the south. Where I come from, chicken cutlets and eggplant are about the only reasons to break out the breadcrumbs and pans of oil. And with my focus on a healthier way of eating, I don’t even fry those favorites anymore. But when your partner-in-cuisine-crime…

Italian Stuffed Peppers 

This time of year, I’m focused on easy meals made with in-season ingredients. It’s always important to eat what’s fresh, but in the summer that’s much easier to do. And in the scorching heat no one wants to stand over the stove for 2 hours or heat up the house through an oven that’s roasting…

Guilt-Free Salad Dressings 

For the last year, I’ve been in the midst of a transformation. I wanted to feel better. I mean that in terms of my physical health and my self esteem. At this point, I’m down about 60 pounds. I can’t believe it. A lot went into this journey, but there were two points of focus:…

Strawberry Citrus Salad

Every Spring my excitement for strawberries overshadows my sorrow for the dwindling citrus season.It’s so weird. I feel like juicy, bright-colored fruit, like citrus, should be celebrated in the summer. And I guess it is, hello lemonade. Growing up in Florida I took for granted the ability to pluck an orange from the tree whenever…

Strawberry Dark Cocoa Crostata with Basil Whipped Cream

It’s strawberry season! We’ve already polished off the first of many overflowing buckets of berries. They’re juicy, as sweet as sugar, and perfect enough to eat on their own. But, it’s so much fun to transform them. Strawberries and chocolate are a phenomenal pair. Strawberries and basil are the Laverne and Shirley of the culinary world….

Lucky in Lime Stoutcakes

The mint madness is underway. If I could, I’d take a shillelagh and knock that “festive” flavor out of the month of March. I get it. It’s green. I love mint. I really do. I just ate Thin Mints. But they didn’t make me think of St. Patrick’s Day. So at a time when Scope…

Icy Spicy Coffee Sundae 

It’s February. Love is in the air. And if you’re single, don’t  close out of this blog just yet. Love doesn’t have to involve a person… even on Valentine’s Day. So don’t clip Cupid’s wings or give him an arrow enema just yet. Think about what you love.

Dark Chocolate Rosemary Brownies with Caramel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a merry mess in your kitchen. Cookie swaps. Edible gifts. Snacks for Santa. Surely you’ve baked something sweet at this point, right? So far, I could’ve done flour angels on my counters and skied upon the mounds of baking mixes catapulted from an overexcited stand mixer.

Harvest Pasta

This time of year the trees are cooking up a feast for our eyes. It’s exhilarating. Reds, oranges, yellows mixing with the year’s last shades of green. With that comes a drop in temperatures. That tends to inspire soups and stews, but I let it feed a desire to use color in my creations.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Panna Cotta

In September we were lucky enough to go to two events at Euphoria in Greenville, South Carolina.  It was the ultimate eater’s paradise. Chefs from the southeast show off their very best. We went to the brunch and dessert showcases.

Peaches and Maple Whipped Cream On Spice Cake

We’re at a fork in the road right now. The year is moving full steam ahead toward fall, but summer is doing its best to be a speed bump. Peaches are plentiful, and there are ads for pumpkin spice this and that. We were having my partner in cuisine crime’s mom over last night. I…

Peach Cobbler Schmobbler

I created this recipe in June 2012. I tried to get all fancy and write the recipe in a document and save it so it could easily be clicked on, opened, and printed.    Well, Apple did away with iwork, or at least the version I was using, so my recipe is gone. Just peachy. Here’s…