Barbecue Sauce

  I hail from the North Carolina Piedmont, not far from barbecue capital, Lexington, N.C. If you’ve got an impressive BBQ IQ then you know that Lexington lovers take their smoked pork with a vinegar tomato sauce and their chopped slaw stirred with the same. In my home kitchen, I cook my locally-raised pork shoulderContinue reading “Barbecue Sauce”

Pizzelle

I had never seen nor heard of these light-as-air cookies before meeting my Italian-American mother-in-law. Now my family makes them at least once a year, typically around Christmastime or sometimes to celebrate the first snowfall. Their thin circle shapes and dusting of powdered sugar make them resemble delicate snowflakes. But as beautiful as they are, it’s their sweetContinue reading “Pizzelle”

Best Blueberry Muffins

  I make a batch of quick bread or muffins pretty much every week. They are gobbled for breakfast, slipped into lunch boxes and devoured for snacks. As a gardener and a nutrition-conscious mom, most of my muffins feature fruit or veggies, many that we’ve grown or picked ourselves. But the best part about thisContinue reading “Best Blueberry Muffins”

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones

  In my quest to enjoy all the pumpkin I process and freeze every fall, I am always searching for new recipes. This one crossed my computer a few months ago and has since become a hit. The scones are hearty and earthy and the chocolate chips give them just a hint of decadence. Recipe inspired byContinue reading “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones”

Fried Okra

This summer, we grew okra in our garden for the first time and came to discover how much we loved it. While there are certainly healthier ways to eat this summer veggie, I don’t think there are any tastier ways. The crisp of the corn meal and the slight sweet of the coconut oil turn this intoContinue reading “Fried Okra”

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

We don’t always have a stellar zucchini crop, but this year the plants delivered. So I’ve been searching for every and any way to cook our gorgeous green squash. These baked rounds were a hit at our house. Recipe inspired by The Food Network’s Ellie Krieger Makes 4 half-cup servings Ingredients 2 medium zucchini (about 1Continue reading “Zucchini Parmesan Crisps”

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry season can’t go by without my making at least one batch of strawberry shortcake. There’s just something magical about the perfect combination of sweet-ish biscuit, homemade cream and the natural deliciousness of strawberries at their peak. Over the years I’ve used a patchwork of recipes to pull together this dish. My favorite whipped creamContinue reading “Strawberry Shortcake”