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CSA Salad

May as well just rename this blog “Sweets & Salads,” because that is what it has become. I have to say you’re not the only one who’s noticed that I’ve been short on posting lately. Let’s just say that we’re in the final push to finish the photography for Book #2. And when each shot...

Fruit and Herb Lemonade

I was something of a petite entrepreneur when I was a child. I’d setup elaborate bake sales and lemonade stands at the top of our driveway (which just so happened to be along a very popular bike route in our town). I’d prepare an assortment of baked goods, including cookies, brownies, fudge, etc. as well...

Pickled Sweet Cherries

A surplus of cherries is a problem I’m not used to having. But alas, I was faced with a few pounds of cherries, more than we could eat before they went bad. As I flipped through my canning books looking for a cherry jam recipe, something else caught my eye. Pickled cherries. It sounded both...

Rainier Cherry and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

We’ve just returned from a week-long trip to Colorado. The magical land where the fruit stands line the mountain roads like mile markers; ramshackle shacks and buildings with hand-painted signs, heralding the juicy treasures within. I’m not knocking Tennessee or anything, but being surrounded by such a bounty of fruit that is often expensive and...

Bourbon Cream Root Beer Floats

I discovered something magical this fall: bourbon cream liqueur. Think of it like Irish cream, but bourbon flavored. Yes, it’s as incredible as it sounds. For the longest time (well, what seems like an eternity), this delightful concoction was not available in Tennessee. Something about no local distributors or some nonsense like that. I managed...

Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

I had my first book signing this past weekend, at Parnassus Books here in Nashville. I was very excited, to say the least. I thought that I’d whip up something extra special for the folks who braved Green Hills traffic on a Saturday afternoon. Something with a little heat to go with the humidity. A...