Cooking and Recipes

Sweet Red Pepper & Onion Relish


At this time of year here in Florida, I love to spend sweltering Sunday afternoons in the kitchen, saving my tomatoes. This recipe is a knockoff of Harry and David’s  fame, and it is perfect for preserving the season’s best tomatoes, peppers and onions from the garden or farmers market. It
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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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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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Homemade Yogurt (and why to make it)

Homemade yogurt, Homemade Yogurt,

Probiotics have been getting a lot of hype in the media lately, and with good reason. I won’t go into the details (there are studies noted below), but probiotics help to keep your digestive system balanced and healthy. And we are learning from many scientific studies that a healthy gut is crucial to
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Basic Tomato Sauce–Five Minutes and a Catnap


I love tomato sauce so much, you’d think I had an Italian grandmother (I’m of French and Irish descent). Indeed, I spend our hot summers growing all kinds of tomatoes—from heirlooms like A Grappoli D’Inverno to Brandywine to San Marzano to little cherry tomatoes as sweet as candy. At least once a week, I
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Heather’s Favorite Shrimpies (it’s an app for her)

Heather's Shrimpies

I honestly have no idea why Heather loves Shrimpies sooooo much. It must be the fact that I’ve been making them for her forever, and they are a throwback appetizer that is part comfort food, part giggle. That must be it! Or it could be the combination of toasty cheese and buttery shrimp
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