Shrimp and Grits for Two

110Sweet shrimp, creamy grits, and a decadent sauce of heavy cream, crispy bacon, green bell pepper, and chives -- is it any wonder that this Yankee cook loves Shrimp and Grits? Read more »

How’s Your Veggie Garden Progressing?

072How's your veggie patch coming along? Any troubles to report? My own Kitchen Garden is a little pokey this season, thanks to a hot, dry May, and a cool, wet June. Still, the plants are making a valiant effort to fill their beds: Read more »

Easy Lavender Shortbread Cookies

IMG_4765wbYesterday, I clipped several blossoms from my lavender plants. Then I added the perfumed petals to a standard, three-ingredient shortbread dough. The result of this mad experiment? Pure deliciousness! Here's the recipe for these subtly-scented tea-time treats: Read more »

Garlicky Summer Squash Pizza

070If you've never tried a summer squash pizza, take note: It's delicious! It's also a breeze to assemble, especially if you do what I do, and use a store-bought crust. Here's the step-by-step recipe for this 15 minute meal: Read more »

Bean Dip with Fresh Rosemary and Sage

016I have three great reasons for featuring myriad cocktail party appetizers on this website. Shall I list them for you? Read more »

Strawberry Turnovers

082Today, because strawberries are in season, and because I had some puff pastry in the freezer, I made a great big batch of... Chicken Cacciatore. Just kidding! I made the best (and easiest) Strawberry Turnovers in the world. Read more »

My Herb Garden, or How to Decorate Rich (Even When You’re Not)

045In my world, a garden begins with a vision.  A totally awesome vision which, by hook or by crook, can be realized on a less-than awesome budget. Wanna decorate rich even when you're not? Consider my little Herb Garden: Read more »