Banana, Walnut, and Chocolate Focaccia

We recently traveled to New York to attend the wedding of some good friends. Just around the corner from their loft in the Flatiron District, we discovered Eataly, my new favorite spot in the city....more

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

Have you ever noticed that Thanksgiving menus frequently feature a whole lot of brown and beige food? Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes topped with pecans and brown sugar, casseroles, and so on make for a monotone menu. I’m all for those holiday dishes, but I like to highlight the table with some color ....more

Potatoes au Gratin

So Thanksgiving is over, and I’m on to my Christmas menu. Many cooks make a Thanksgiving redux for their Christmas dinner, but I prefer making something completely different for this holiday meal. In the past, I’ve made a stuffed pork loin roast, Beef Wellington,...more

Apple, Bacon, & Cheddar Bread Puddings

Last summer I made some Summer Squash and Vidalia Onion Bread Puddings. They made a big splash at our house, so I thought I’d change the recipe up and make it a little more more holidayish. Okay, I know that’s a made-up word, but you get my point ....more

Sweet Potato Biscuits

It’s not like you need another carb for your Thanksgiving dinner, but I’m giving you one anyhow. After all, once a year you should be able to engorge yourself with anything and everything on the table without an ounce of guilt, right? I don’t think it would be Thanksgiving without some form of bread, so I’m offering you some delightful sweet potato biscuits with hints of maple syrup and cinnamon ....more

Cranberry-Glazed Stuffed Turkey Breast

Let’s talk turkey! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and cooks across the country are preparing their holiday menus. If you’re like me, you look forward to planning and cooking this meal all year long ....more

Collard Greens Gratin

If you grow up in the South, you’ve undoubtedly come across collard greens at some point in your life. In my small Mississippi hometown, a variety of greens regularly made it to our supper table. I’ve written before about my grandparents’ garden where greens always occupied several rows ....more

Lamb Stew with Apricots and Chickpeas

Our good friend, Dan, came over for a night of cooking a few weeks ago, and we made a delicious Parmesan Chicken with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers. It’s a blast to prepare a meal with another great cook, so we’ve been trying to get together for another night of fun in the kitchen. Crazy schedules have gotten in the way so far, but we’ll find a date soon ....more

Pumpkin Pound Cake with Bourbon Caramel Glaze

It’s time to start thinking Thanksgiving, so what do you say we start with dessert? How about a Pumpkin Pound Cake with a Bourbon Caramel Glaze? First off, did you ever wonder why it’s called a pound cake? ...more

Stuffed Artichokes

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since Jim’s Mom passed away. We still miss her, and I know we always will. Some of my fondest memories of her were of us sitting in her apartment watching her make Eggplant Parmesan ....more