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Spicy Tomato Peach Jam

Free choice tomatoes. Those three little words make me giddy. Let me explain. Our CSA isn’t organized in your typical get-a-box-of-veggies-each-week way. Rather, you bring your bushel basket to the weekly pickup, and can fill it up with the veggies, herbs, and greens of your choice. You have a set quota (say, 5 potatoes, 1...

Brownie Pie

I’ve been meaning to make this for weeks. Craving it. Dreaming about it. But you know what? I’ve been a hopelessly lazy baker lately. Chalk it up to the fact that the cookbook is done (done? for real? Indeed! And I hope to share more with you soon), and after months of stressful deadlines and...

Summer Peach and Balsamic Pizza

To me, this is pizza. To Taylor, it’s flatbread. Fancy fruit-topped flatbread. Then again, I think anything without tomato sauce or pepperoni is flatbread in Taylor’s mind. But whatever you decide to call it, it’s delicious. The sweetness of the peach, the richness of the cheese, with bright and tart accents of basil and balsamic...

Étouffée Style Shrimp and Grits

Fresh seafood is hard to come by when the nearest coast is over 450 miles away. I have to say, as much as I love this city, I am envious of my coastal cohorts. Hearing my mom talk about buying fresh halibut pretty much right off the boat, yes, that makes me a wee bit...

Photobombed.

And now, a break from our regularly scheduled programming, I present to you, an exclusive behind the scenes look. Indeed, cats make food photography way more interesting.

Fresh Corn Cakes with Avocado and Goat Cheese Salsa

From grits to griddle cakes, apparently I’m in a corny mood. (A food blogger walks in to a bar… er, hold on… not THAT kind of corny!). Summer corn season is short, but boy is it sweet. And the appearance of this recipe in my reader right in the thick of it was, well, serendipitous....

Roasted Tomato Grits with Goat Cheese

We’ve lived in Tennessee for just over four years now, and it’s about time we start earning our Southern credentials. Think of it like the boy scouts for grown ups, but instead of badges for fire starting and knot tying, we’ve got biscuit making and chicken frying. And without a doubt, the foundation of any...

Peach Cantaloupe Sorbet

Unintentional ice cream week? Perhaps. I’m sure you don’t mind. This fruity freeze was the result of an overabundance of cantaloupe. Ripe cantaloupe. And we all know that perfectly ripe cantaloupe does not wait for an opportunity to be used. And when you have two saturated melons, clearly more than any normal couple can consume...

Marzipan Swirl Ice Cream

This recipe is one I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. I’m something of a marzipan freak. I’d eat it three meals a day if I could. Something about the flavor, the sweet scent of bitter almond, it’s intoxicating. There really aren’t enough almond ice creams in the world. And by almond I’m not...

Roasted Beet Ice Cream

Taylor’s obsession with beets has ultimately lead us here. To beet ice cream. You had to be expecting it, right? This particular recipe comes from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, which, I have to say, is pretty splendid. Jeni’s opened up a Nashville shop recently, and while I’ve only been once, I am still...