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Open-Faced Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There are few things that can compare to the Tennessee tomato. It’s one of the few things that makes the heat and humidity of summer bearable. So much of our lives are spent waiting. Waiting for the weekend. Waiting for the next paycheck. Waiting for the...

No-Bake Blueberry Truffle Tartlets

Be sure to pick up a copy of today’s Tennessean, where this recipe for Blueberry Truffle Tartlets (excerpted below) is featured! And stay tuned, as I’ll have new writings and recipes appearing in the Taste section every month. This summer has bestowed upon us a beautiful bounty of blueberries. The delicate berries were in peril...

Watermelon Blueberry Salsa

Two years ago, I was dining at a charming Colorado restaurant with my parents when the waiter (after hearing us discussing our latest culinary projects) brought out a special batch of salsa that he had made earlier that day. In it was a mixture of typical salsa ingredients (tomato, jalapeno, and onion) along with not-so...

New York, New York

So yeah… this happened. That’s me, on the set of BetterTV at their NYC studio, spreading the cookie dough love. My episode just so happens to air tomorrow (August 3rd). I will NOT be watching it (rather, I’ll be hiding in the corner covering my ears), but you still can. Check the local listings in...

Chocolate Raspberry Jam

The jam-fest continues. I should probably tell you that my “jam cabinet” is quickly filling with stacks of vibrant jars. I didn’t intend to make much jam this year, or should I say, I didn’t expect to have enough time to. But, alas, the allure of fresh fruit won out over my more reasonable, we-don’t-have-the-space-nor-time...

Peach Lavender Jam

Be a peach, and make this jam for me, will you? Because it can only be described as delightful. I’m not usually one for lavender or other floral flavors; they often come across as “perfumy” and I can’t stand that. But this is subtle. Just enough lavender to give the jam an air of elegance....