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 »

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 madeĀ a great big batch of... Chicken Cacciatore. Just kidding! I made the best (and easiest) Strawberry Turnovers in the world. Read more »

A Fabulous Fruit Pizza

107I made this red, white, and blue dessert "pizza" the other day. It's a giant homemade sugar cookie, dressed to the nines with lemony cream cheese frosting and colorful fruit. It tastes like heaven...and looks like the Fourth of July! Read more »

Coffee Talk: French Press

053 - CopyWhat kind of coffee maker do you use? I've tried several inexpensive brewing devices over the years, and my favorite is the French press. More about this simple gadget, and how I use it: Read more »