My Case Against Open Floor Plans

IMG_6781Any house-hunters out there? Mind telling me what kind of home you're looking for? If your goal is a new(ish) house with an open floor plan, you're not alone. According to HGTV's "Property Virgins," everyone wants what you want! Still, I hope you won't overlook the benefits of owning an old, "traditional" house. There's something to be said about walls, rooms, and doors. Read more »

Sunday Brunch: Blueberry Streusel Strata (GF)

064Oh, baby. I made this gluten-free strata the other day, and it was so decadent and delicious that I nearly passed out from pleasure. It's a fragrant custard of blueberries and bread, nestled between two layers of crisp, cinnamon-scented streusel. Need a make-ahead casserole for Sunday brunch? This strata is for you. Read more »

How I Make Cold-“Brewed” Coffee

026Meet my latest addiction: Cold-brewed coffee. This exquisite elixir doesn't require any special equipment. Heck, it doesn't require electricity! Wanna produce the best iced coffee in the world? The cold-brew method is your friend. Read more »

Fourth of July Giveaway/Winner Announced

040Thanks for playing, everyone! The little number gadget at Random.org selected comment #859 from Mary S. Congratulations, Mary! To collect your prize, just send me a note. Read more »

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 »