Blackberry-Peach Crisp

i.e. mastering the art of avoiding chores as an adult...


Every Sunday afternoon, I swear I’m going to clean out my closet. In fact, when I go so far as to write down a list of what I should do, cleaning out my closet is always in the top three, right along with organizing the junk drawer and cleaning the “self-cleaning” oven. The
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Pimento Cheese


If you grew up in the South, the chances are pretty good that you have a family recipe for pimento cheese. There are over 100,000 or so recipes for it. Virtually every Southern cookbook that I own (and I have a LOT of them!) has at least one recipe for pimento cheese. And
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Delightful Apricot Jam and Apricot-Thyme Infused Gin


So yesterday, I went to the Winn Dixie to get dog kibble. You know, just a 20-minute errand. But Crystal Nails is right next door, so I stopped in and got my toes done. It’s sandal season! Then I gingerly made my way over to WD, careful not to smudge my coral toes. I
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Grow Wildflowers for a Better Vegetable Garden


Spring is in full swing here in the southeast, as evidenced by the dusting of pollen covering every surface. We have been planting and mulching for several weeks. The potatoes are tucked under layers of organic hay, and their deep green leaves are already peeking through. The shallots and garlic that I planted
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Irish Seafood Stew and Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day


Happy St. Patrick’s Day from me to you! We had some wonderful food while in Ireland, where we were impressed by the beautiful local seafood, meats and veggies that were available in the markets and restaurants. I thought it fitting to share the recipes of two traditional Irish dishes that
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Early Spring at Cowlick Cottage Farm


If you’re a gardener like me, now is about the time you start inspecting every plant for signs of new life. And every little sign of spring is a delight, isn’t it? Here are a few of the beauties that I found this morning on the farm.

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Saturday at the Limerick Milk Market


If there is one excellent way to experience a region’s culture, it is to spend time at the farmers market. The Limerick Milk Market is a foodie and gardener’s heaven, with more than 70 shops and stalls selling some of the finest foods and flowers available in Ireland. Located in the heart of Limerick,
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Finding the Burren

Guest Post by Heather Binder Dunbar


Armed with my best companions (my mother Carolyn, my sister Natalie, and my auntie Laurie) I set out to Ireland expecting days filled with discovery and adventure, and evenings filled with wine and conversation. After staying awake for 28 hours,  then sleeping for 14 hours, and drinking copious amounts of coffee, we were ready
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