Cucumber Tomato Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

Today I pulled up the last of my summer vegetable garden to make way for a Fall planting. As a result I had 32 tomatoes, some Cucumbers and other veggies in need a of a food home. This salad is a perfect use the Cucumbers and Tomatoes and I’ve been making it all Summer. I’ve […]

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Kentucky Derby Recipes: Benedictine Spread

It isn’t Derby time right now, but Benedictine is certainly a Kentucky tradition and Derby favorite. This traditional Cucumber and Cream Cheese spread has been around Kentucky since the 1890s. The key to making it great is to squeeze as much water as possible out of the Cucumbers. A watery spread is no good. Benedictine […]

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Southern Deep Dish Tomato Pie

Fresh Summer Tomatoes are a must have at picnics and barbecues across America, but are nearly worshiped in the South. Big fresh slices, sprinkled with a little Sea Salt and dripping with juices, grace many a dinner (or breakfast) plate on a daily basis. Grainger County, Tennessee has some of the most amazing tomatoes I […]

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Zucchini Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling

As a kid, Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies were one of my absolute favorites. I would beg my mom to buy me a box at the grocery, and when she obliged I would take them home, eat them slowly and savor every bite. Magically, though it never occurred to me to replicate that childhood favorite, […]

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Peach, Avocado and Bok Choy Salad

Bok Choy is one of my new favorite vegetables this year, and I always ensure to keep it stocked in my fridge. I do prefer Bok Choy fresh and crisp in salads and not cooked down into a slimy mush (as you may know it in some fast food style Asian restaurants). Combine this lovely, […]

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Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Pepper Crème Fraîche

This year I planted a Romanesco Zucchini plant in my garden, and I’ve had a beautiful, abundant crop of striped green fruit all summer long. Sometimes its hard to come up with new ideas for the same produce over and over, but Zucchini is easy to use and the ideas just keep flowing (not that […]

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Lemon Miso Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I love dishes that are simply brilliant. Short prep time and a dish you can walk away from in the oven are two great factors. Take that and combine it with the fact that you can impress your guests with a unique ingredient like Miso, and you look like a seasoned pro. “Yeah, I cook […]

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Bourbon Buttermilk Bread Pudding with Strawberry Bourbon Sauce

On July 4th I hosted a cookout, and my friend Andy brought enough poundcake, ice cream and berries for a small army. So, what to do with all the leftover poundcake and berries? A light and fluffy buttermilk bread pudding with a spike of bourbon was the perfect option. It was the first time I […]

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Strawberry Lemon Cornmeal Cake

Strawberry season has trailed off, but there are still berries on the shelves to choose from that would be lovely in this lemony cornmeal cake. I recently made two of these to take to two dinner parties in the same night. They were a tasty success, and the plates at both parties disappeared quickly (even […]

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How to Clean Your Cast Iron

I’m often asked about how I clean and maintain my cast iron. It is really much more simple than you might think, and is just as easy to maintain as pots and pans you throw in the dishwasher. I greatly increased my cast iron stash recently and purchased a pretty impressive set from Lodge Cast […]

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