Zesty Quinoa Bean Salad

This salad takes Quinoa, a plant based complete protein, and pairs it with protein rich legumes and zesty Lime and Cayenne Pepper to create a tangy dish. Quinoa is one of those perfectly lovely foods created by nature. It has a pleasing texture and takes on the flavors of anything it is paired with. Even […]

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Simple Fried Rice

I recently traveled to Bali and have been on an Asian food kick ever since. Bali is one of many islands in Indonesia and, while it does have some original foods, most tend to be based on Chinese and Indian foods that came over to the island with the local people. Fried Rice is called […]

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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 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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Pear, Fig and Gorgonzola Tart

This delectable sweet and salty dish of pear, figs, honey and cheeses on puff pastry is amazingly simple to prepare yet complex in flavor. You can make this for one meal and reheat the leftovers in the oven for an appetizer for dinner with friends later in the evening or the next day. The strong […]

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Apple Brussels Sprout Slaw

I’ve been on a bit of a slaw kick lately, and I’ve been experimenting with various cruciferous veggies. A couple of weeks ago I made a Sweet and Spicy Broccoli Slaw, and this week it is Brussels Sprouts. This Brussels Sprout and Apple combination was a bit of a last minute concoction, and the tart, […]

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Sweet and Spicy Broccoli Slaw

My dear friend Joyce from Friends Drift Inn gave me a jar of Bread and Butter Pickles. She is the canning Queen and anything she gives you in a Ball jar is delicious (I won’t get into specifics). Her pantry would rightfully garner envy from any canning connoisseur. When I needed to whip up a […]

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Beer Braised Kale, Collard Greens and Brown Rice

Kale, Collard Greens, or some variety of dark, leafy cruciferous vegetable are in my fridge all winter long. I love cooking them up in soups, adding them to salads with a tart vinaigrette or, in proper Southern fashion, cooking them down with some Bacon fat and tangy vinegar. This time, I tried a beer braised […]

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Black Eyed Peas – A Southern New Year’s Tradition

Black Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day is one of my most favorite Southern traditions. It is believed that eating Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens in the New Year will bring you luck and prosperity. Anytime I can prepare a dish for friends with special meaning it is like a gift to me. I […]

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