Apple, Fennel & Walnut Salad

I saw some beautiful apples in my produce market today — fresh from a local grower.  They inspired this updated twist on a Waldorf Salad. I swapped out celery for fennel bulb, and accented the anise flavor of the fennel with tarragon from my garden.  I lightened the dressing by using olive oil and lemon…

All Butter Pie Pastry

I’ve been on a pie making tear this year.  Cakes were easy for me, but I wasn’t as adept at making delicious, consistently flaky, easy to work, all-butter pie pastry.   I knew what I wanted, but struggled to make it.  I’ve used many different recipes over the years but none were what I was looking…

Smoky Black-eyed Peas

Summer’s winding down, and that means that rich, red tomatoes are abundant.  I’m making this recipe tonight — and thought I’d repost it today for your inspiration.  Enjoy! The beautiful black-eyed pea has a natural affinity to smoky flavors, and so pairs well with a favorite spice of mine — smoked paprika. Adding the rich…

Carrot Salad with Lavender & Thyme

My CSA box* often includes carrots — and last week they were special.  Deep, rich purple on the outside with a bright orange core, these beauties deserved a starring role. Their flavor profile is a little duskier than a bright orange carrot, and so I paired them with the lovely lavender and thyme growing in…

Blueberry Spongecake Roll

Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits.  I have several new Southern high bush blueberry plants in my garden this year.  Their flavor is rich and sweet — but subtle in a dessert.  To get the blueberry flavor and color I was after, I turned to freeze dried blueberries to add big blueberry flavor to…

Bay Lime Cooler

Here’s a refreshing summer cocktail that uses my Bay Leaf Liqueur.  It’s a balanced sweet/tart flavor, fabulously aromatic with bay and lime mint over a base of gin. I love growing scents in my garden — and lime mint is unique, in that it doesn’t smell minty.  Instead it’s more green, limey and herbal.  You…