Late Summer Taste

Basil is why I garden. Tomatoes are why Jason gardens. (The rest of the produce –which this year is not much– is icing on the cake.) As a result, most of our meals from late August through early September include some one or both of the aforementioned basil and tomato. For instance, we combine tomato, basil, fresh…

Cold brew

Sip by sip, I am reconciling myself to the heat outside and the tiredness of full days with an (almost) eight month old who has an increasing sense of his own volition.

Giving Thanks

An outside observer, unaware of the history of Thanksgiving could be forgiven for understanding this holiday as a celebration of food. The phrase “Turkey Day” might even suggest an oddly enacted reverence for the large fowl. However, those of us who have grown up being read stories about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, who have…

August Bounty

This summer’s end profusion of fruit and veggies makes me very happy. The few shots above are from the Cashiers Farmer’s Market where we stopped for lunch on one day during a quick weekend road trip to North Carolina. (More photos–waterfalls! sparkling trails! tiny details!–will be coming soon.)

Caprese-inspired grilled cheese

I’ll confess it: I’ve got quite a summertime obsession with basil and tomatoes (preferably paired with mozzarella). You, too? Let’s be friends! This variation on a grilled cheese sandwich is a testament to that obsession–and one of my favorite results of acting on a hunch: Simply layer pesto (or finely chopped basil leaves mixed with…

Family & Feasting

Holidays–or really any family gathering at our house– mean getting together and making a break from the every day by feasting.  My health-conscious mother probably fears for our health since she never sees our daily food intake (lots of chicken and vegetables….really, Mamá), but there’s just something about having family over that sends us into…

Coffee House Fridays

A bit more than a month ago, my friend Maddie and I were commiserating with each other regarding our sadness at the seeming lack of non-Starbucks coffee shops. (Even a year later, I’m still pining for Ghostlight –a mere 10 minutes away, once upon a time.)  Thankfully, instead of sinking further into self pity, we decided to research and…

The elegance of onions

  What I have enjoyed most about the past year and a bit since stepping away from full-time teaching has been the freedom it’s given me to read, and, through reading, to challenge and transform my seeing of the world around me.  This is the wonder of reading (well–of reading the right books, as C.S.…

Clementine

Though small and self-contained, the clementine holds within it a full sensory experience that waits for the first tentative scrape of its glowing orange peel to reveal a scent which cannot be imitated.  The bright, enlivening odor steals out, radiating from an epicenter of scored peel.  In the winter afternoons of my full-time teaching days,…

Olive Oil Apple Spice Cake

You are most likely of Mediterranean descent if a savory recipe seems lacking to you without generous contributions of one or several of the following ingredients: olive oil, garlic, basil, or oregano.  If you go a step further, and decide that olive oil sounds good, not only for savory dishes, but for sweet ones as…