Nonchewy, glistening, caramelized Roasted Carrots

   November 9, 2012 3:48 pm

There are two pieces of raw produce I can’t finish, despite how much I love their flavors: apples and carrots. For some reason, they get stuck in my throat no matter how much I chew. Forcing myself to finish it only prolongs the agony. Often, I’ll grab an apple anyway, or bring baby-cut carrots to…

Book-drawing Wednesday and Panfried Catfish

   October 3, 2012 11:02 am

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques,” by Shauna Sever. The winner is Alexandra Mazur. I’ll pop it in the mail soon. If you are not Alexandra, you are welcome to enter the drawing for "The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook: 150 Favorite Southern Recipes," by Sherryl Woods and…

Penne with Tomato Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella

   August 31, 2012 1:05 pm

It’s tomato canning weekend at my house, at long last. It’s the first weekend we’ve had free in what seems like months, and the tomatoes are practically crawling into the kitchen on their own. It’s time to buckle down. After all the jars of diced tomatoes and salsa are done, though, I’m hoping to have…

Black Beans and Rice satisfy my craving

   August 21, 2012 10:18 am

On our recent vacation with John’s immediate family, we cooked most of our meals in the kitchen of his parents’ timeshare. One night, though, we went out to a “Brazilian” restaurant, where servers brought roasted meat on skewers and sliced it onto our plates. The meat choices seemed endless, and most were delicious, but first…

Squish that squash

   July 30, 2012 3:45 pm

Well, I don’t really want you to “squish” it. I just like that word. Anyway, the issue at hand is four yellow squash sitting atop my toaster oven. Waiting. Waiting for me to get my butt in gear. Waiting to be appreciated, enjoyed and consumed. Not unlike ourselves, come to think of it. Wow. Sorry…

Guacamole, ETN tested, friends approved

   July 27, 2012 4:16 pm

Some of my Loaves & Dishes recipes just stick in my head. Tomato Basil Pie, Sausage and Barley Soup, Blueberry Cheesecake Yum, I could go on. We had a fiesta of sorts in the office today, with a taco bar complete with guacamole. I’d forgotten how much I love guacamole. Avocados are hot, hot, hot…