Roasted Cauliflower and Fennel Soup

We’re just back from a two-week stay in Provincetown, Massachusetts at the tip of Cape Cod. We made the trek up the east coast, canine kids in tow, in two days. Following the Halloween festivities on Saturday, we made the trip back to Atlanta ....more

Smoky and Sweet Turkey Chili {+ a Cookbook Giveaway}

It was a special weekend morning when my mother would wake us up to a breakfast of pancakes. Knowing that she had a voracious eater on her hands, she’d take out her griddle and whip up a double batch of batter, knowing that it would take at least a couple of stacks to satisfy my appetite. I’d slather my pancakes with melted butter and syrup from a brown bottle in the shape of a woman ....more

Black-Eyed Pea and Collard Stew with Turkey Sausage

My grandmother’s screened back porch was an adjunct to the kitchen. A red and white plastic gingham tablecloth covered a wooden table that served as overflow refrigerator space during cold weather months. I’d frequently see an apple pie, coconut cake, or some such dessert stored there ....more

Mushroom, Leek, and Gruyere Tart

Do you ever wonder how humans came to ingest certain foods? Who first thought about eating an egg? Who came up with the idea that spoiled milk in the form of yogurt was a good idea? ...more

Roasted Acorn Squash and Brussels Sprouts Salad

When we remodeled our house four years ago, I dedicated a large kitchen cabinet for cookbooks. At the time, my collection all but filled the space. Over the last few years, my obsession with buying cookbooks and food magazines has the cabinet bulging at the seams ....more

Roasted Winter Squash Soup with Candied Ginger and Coconut Milk

Years ago, I spent a month in Nepal trekking around Mt. Everest, so for obvious reasons, I was excited to see Everest, the movie. Right off the bat, let me say that I can be a little bit of a ditz ....more

Mediterranean Garbanzo Bean Soup

Yesterday was one of those cool, gray, drizzly days that make you want to stay in and cook a big pot of soup, so I seized the opportunity and did just that. Being married to an Italian, I have to cater regularly to his taste buds, so what better type of soup to prepare than a Mediterranean one? Santa Claus brought me an electric pressure cooker a couple of years ago, and since then I’ve become a big proponent of cooking under pressure ....more

Kale-Sweet Potato Salad with Cornbread Croutons and Crispy Shallots

I usually associate salads with summer and warm weather. After all, a salad can be very cooling on a hot, sweltering Atlanta day, and there have been plenty of those days this year. We’re finally getting a break from 90+ degree days with mornings in the high 50s and highs of low 80s ....more

Creamy Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

Have you ever read the labels on popular store-bought salad dressings? I always look at ingredients in the products that I buy, and I find it a little scary to read the long list of unnatural ingredients I see on salad dressing labels. I always go for brands that only include all natural ingredients, but those dressings are usually pretty pricey ....more

Pumpkin Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

I may be jumping the gun a bit with this post. I know fall hasn’t officially arrived yet, but I’m ready for some fall flavors. It’s interesting every year to observe my cravings following the change of seasons ....more