Brown Butter Nectarine and Blueberry Cobbler

Brown Butter Nectarine and Blueberry Cobbler

If you live in the South, cobbler is in your blood. We Southerners grow up eating the ubiquitous dessert from an early age. Although there are may variations of cobblers, the one that I remember was the Peach Cobbler at Shelaine Restaurant in my hometown. The fresh peaches were baked with a thin, crisp, buttery crust that was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I’ve never been able to master that type of crust. It was thinner and more delicate than your average pie crust. [Read More…]

Welcome Home, Milo!

Milo the Labradoodle

I want to acknowledge my absence from the blog for the last couple of weeks and offer an explanation. We took a 9-day vacation and spent the following weekend with friends at their lake house, but the real reason is that we have a new addition to our family. [Read More…]

Horseradish-Crusted Strip Steaks

Horseradish-Crusted Strip Steaks

We’re just back from a marathon drive up the West Coast. We started in Los Angeles and drove along US 1 to Brookings, Oregon in 8 days, stopping somewhere different every night. Whew! Marathon is an understatement, but it was an amazing drive with lots of windy, curvy ups and downs and incredible vistas.

One of our stops was the Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Built by American publishing magnate, William Randolph Hearst, the expansive estate sits atop a mountain on the Central Coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Along the drive up to the castle, we passed pastoral fields of grazing cattle. We later learned that the ranch is the nation’s largest single-source supplier of free-range, all-natural, grass-fed beef. [Read More…]

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Burrata seems to be everywhere these days. I frequently observe it on restaurant menus around town. I'd had it before in an appetizer and I knew it was delicious, but I  didn't pay too much attention to exactly what type of cheese it was. As I was thinking about making something with this special cheese, I did a little research into how it's made. Burrata, which translates to "buttered", is a semi-soft Italian cheese and cousin to fresh mozzarella. The origins of this cheese are in the Puglia … Read More

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Blueberry Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet

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Summer Pizza with Smoked Chicken

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Watermelon Old Cuban

Watermelon Old Cuban

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Crabmeat Ceviche + a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Crabmeat Ceviche

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Peach Pandowdy

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Lemon Icebox Cupcakes

Lemon Icebox Cupcakes

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Chopped Salad with Goat Cheese and Tarragon Vinaigrette

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