Christmas Special

December 28, 2010

Elizabeth and I headed to Williamsburg, Virginia for Christmas festivities with our mom and stepfather. Throughout the long weekend and near-blizzard we cooked up some perennial favorites, including swedish meatballs (above), shrimp “pate,” and broccoli strudel. Before any dishes were dirtied, we had some cocktails (of course). Liz’ favorite cocktail is somethingĀ like a pared-down cosmo: […]

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Recipe: Lavender-Lime Scones

March 14, 2010

Fresh out of bed, I was set on doing what I’d done the last few Sunday mornings: whip up buttermilk biscuits. Then I saw @writingherstory‘s tweet aboutĀ  Lemon-Lavender scones, and was sufficiently intrigued. I went through the ingredient list and thought I’d give it a go even though was out of lemons and fat-free yogurt […]

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Sunday Morning Buttermilk Biscuits

March 5, 2010

I have a lot of fond memories of these biscuits as an eight-year-old on humid summer days in my Dad’s kitchen, but I hadn’t picked up the recipe since 2005, when I began experimenting with it. Vegetable shortening was the first item on the list (I can hardly abide it). I started by reducing it […]

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Ciao, Bellini!

June 22, 2009

Chilton County peaches are one of the great benefits of living in Alabama. From early June through August, these sweet, drippingly juicy gems make life worth living. For the last few days I have eaten between two and five of them.Whole, sliced, diced, and pureed, with yogurt, thinly sliced prosciutto, and au natural, they are […]

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What’s the Biga deal?

May 9, 2009

Bread is not for the dabbler. At least in my mind, the sponges, starters, and not least, the yeast aren’t terribly friendly to the uninitiated. I have recently worked around bakers and it really made me want to come home to freshly baked bread. My last experience baking bread was a 14 hour French loaf […]

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