Rustic Bread Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomato, tom-AH-to….regardless of how you say it, this salad is delicious! Not for the gluten-free set, this is Rustic Bread Salad! Bread Salad you say? How can bread be a salad? –easily and with vine ripened tomatoes, pearls of mozzarella and ribbons of fresh basil…and of course, bread! I have been growing heirloom tomatoes this…

Out of the Fire and Into the Frying Pan

I bought a new cast iron skillet recently.  It was just calling for me to fry something yummy.  So, when I did the usual weekly grocery shopping and unexpectedly found green tomatoes, I knew it was meant to be—Fried Green Tomatoes! The delicious staple of southern hospitality, is both crispy and savory, perfect for a…

Bird’s Nest Cookies

Do you have a favorite simple treat that never fails to delight?  For my cousin Dustin, it is Bird’s Nest Cookies.  I made these 4 ingredient cookies on a whim one Easter years ago.  Now, he makes sure to remind me several weeks before Easter every year that he loves them—just in time for me…

The Great Chocolate Truffle Cookie Mystery

I am a detective….a cookie detective.  And, I have only one case to solve—replicating a one-of a kind cookie from one of my favorite places, the Northstar Café in Columbus, Ohio.  Several years ago I fell in love with their Chocolate Truffle Cookie.  This cookie is not for sissies.  It is a serious dose of…

Mom Said Eat Your Vegetables!

Some vegetables just lend themselves to roasting-others, like asparagus, require a leap of faith.  When I was expecting my second child, pinched for time and ideas to get a delicious healthy dinner on the table, I wondered, what if….what if I added sliced vegetable to a pan and let the oven do the heavy lifting? …

Peach Perfect

I do declare, I should have grown up in the South. I love the Midwest….but I adore the flavors of the South. Pecans, barbeque, sweet tea and peaches…. Ahhh, peaches! Ripe peaches have found their way into local markets and a box of peaches came my way recently. I knew they would be perfect for…

Eating Green…and Orange…and Red!

A consistent struggle at our house (and in most homes I suspect) is to balance eating healthy food with eating delicious food.  When one dish combines both healthy and delicious, I do a happy dance! This delight is a Citrus Beet Salad.  Fresh orange slices and ruby red beets are nestled into tiny baby spinach leaves, topped…