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A Christmas Salad

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Yesterday I went to the grocery store, as did at least one third of the population of Nashville. My list was pretty long since we’d been out of town for a bit. It would be nice to say I make a list and stick to it, but grocery stores are a fantasy world to me and you just never know what might be around the next corner.  …

Don’t Waffle on This...

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We’re back from a Thanksgiving trip to the Smoky Mountains. Our cabin is on top of a great big mountain where skinny little roads insure driving down to town is never for the faint of heart. Hence I spent a lot of time cooking for my crowd of guys and my mom. …

Bruschetta for Beth

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The other day I had lunch with friends and we were all busily planning the various holiday parties we would host. Someone remembered an afternoon at my house where we had toasted French bread with a few toppings, which is just a Southern way of saying bruscetta. …

A Different Biscuit

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I made Ginger Biscuits last night. It’s one of those recipes I had sort of forgotten about until I saw a picture in a magazine of cream biscuits with brown sugar. The first time I made Ginger Biscuits it was with a recipe from The Silver Palate Cookbook

Best of Show

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Last night I made Cream of Celery and Blue Cheese Soup and Sammy said it was the best soup he had ever eaten, EVER. That is an amazing thing. Ever is a very long time for Sammy who is ten years older than me (well for 2 weeks every year). …

Tortilla Soup, the Good Kind

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Tonight I’m making Tortilla Soup because one of my Mary’s told me to. Obedience isn’t really my forte, but I love this soup and she wants the recipe, that’s a win – win.

There are lots of really horrible tortilla soup recipes out there where you open about 20 cans of stuff and cook it beyond recognition. …

You Say Tomato - I Say Tomato Soup

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I am inordinately proud of my son for a variety of reasons, but most recently because he made tomato soup. That might sound silly, but here’s what happened. He was sitting around thinking how nice it would be to have some delicious hot soup and he could have (a) called me and asked me to make it, (b) gotten takeout, or (c) bought a can of soup at the grocery. …

Hit or Miss

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Ok, this one is a hit or miss. I made Cream of Eggplant Soup from a recipe that a friend of mine submitted to another cookbook. This was my pick for two reasons. First of all, it had eggplant in it which I adore, and I had the last few from my garden ready to use.  …

Sunday Soup

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Campbell’s Soup does not own the phrase M’mm M’mm Good. Or if they do, then the Cheese Tortellini Soup we had today was M’mm M’mm Better Than Good. It was delicious! Maybe it was the cloudy, windy weather, or maybe it was the Titans’

Day 1 -- A Week of Soup

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My favorite Sewanee Angel and her mom came over to make soup yesterday afternoon, but first we went on a field trip. Caroline was dying to go to the Bangkok Market across from 100 Oaks that I had written about earlier, so off we went. …

Soup Anyone?

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It’s officially cold and I’m making a week of soups. Today I’m shopping with friends for ingredients to make some kind of Thai inspired soup. I’ve got a few recipes in mind, but who knows what we’ll end up with. At first I thought it would be a challenge to make soup all week, but I’ve come across so many recipes, I’m going to have to narrow it down a bit. …

Lavenders Blue

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One of the few things the squirrels and chipmunks leave alone in my yard are the herbs. They might dig around them, but they don’t eat them or pull them up. That means a bumper crop of lavender. I love the clean fresh smell of lavender, but come on; there are only so many pillows you can stuff. …

Lemon Cake, Very Pretty...

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Yesterday I got supplies ready to teach my newest knitting class at Cheekwood. There was beautiful silky yarn in lots of colors, new knitting needles, stitch holders, patterns, and knit bags. Getting knitting supplies together reminds me of the thrill you experience in the fall when you get school supplies, except replace that new pencil smell with a new yarn smell. …

Spaghetti Crush

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My son Richard has a new crush gastronomically speaking. You won’t believe it when I tell you what it is. Are you ready for this – spaghetti squash.  We went to the produce stand at Hillsboro High School last week to buy cheap post Halloween pumpkins and gourds. …

Happy Birthday to You

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We’re having a little soiree for my mother’s 85th birthday. She’s invited some moms of our childhood friends and a couple of those friends who still live in town. Of course, being my mother, she’s picked exactly the menu she wants. …

One More Pumpkin Recipe

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I’m lucky to have such excellent friends. Yesterday I was sad and someone who knows me very well told me to bake my way out of it! Good advice. Baking won’t raise the dead, but it can definitely help heal the sick, so I got to baking. …

To Market We Go

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Richard and I went to the most wonderful store yesterday and I just have to write about it! It’s called the Bangkok Market and it’s just across and down the street from 100 Oaks on Powell Ave (3207). This was my second visit so I already knew about some of the great deals on the incredible food and very fresh produce they stock. …

Happy Halloween

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I saved a final favorite pumpkin recipe for the last day of October. It’s my sister, Mary’s pumpkin cake that is delicious partly because it has chocolate in it. I kept trying to get out the ingredients and get started, but sometimes life interferes. …

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