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Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in any season, winter | 0 comments

Dijon + Thyme Chicken Breasts

Dijon + Thyme Chicken Breasts

The dijon, thyme, and wine make this recipe decidedly French-inspired, but the lack of butter and the use of chicken breasts keeps it New Years Resolution-friendly. I’m often critical of recipes claiming to be 30 minute meals, but this is legitimately quick. There isn’t much prep work–only gathering your 10 (or less!) ingredients, slicing a couple of shallots, and chopping some parsley for garnish if you want to.

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Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in any season, places | 8 comments

My Travel Essentials + A Giveaway!

My Travel Essentials + A Giveaway!

This year has been one heck of a travel year for me, and I feel like I’ve really hit my stride when it comes to being prepared. As I pack my bags for a South American Thanksgiving trip (!), I wanted to share my travel essentials. And thanks to the generosity of some of my favorite companies, I’m giving away some of my travel picks! Details on the prizes and how to enter are at the end of the post.

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in any season | 0 comments

My Urban Garden | Organic Container Gardening 101

My Urban Garden | Organic Container Gardening 101

First, let me say that I am by no means an expert at this. In fact, I just had to pull up a tomato plant this summer before it produced a single tomato because I didn’t properly care for it. However, I do have several years of container gardening under my belt, and I ask my farmer friends lots of questions. I feel like I have some knowledge to share, even if some of it is knowledge gained from failure. If you’re thinking about starting a container garden of your own, here are some good things to consider:

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in any season | 0 comments

Grilled Chicken Skewers with 3-Ingredient Peanut Sauce

Grilled Chicken Skewers with 3-Ingredient Peanut Sauce

I recently had a catering request for chicken skewers with a dipping sauce. Chicken satay with peanut sauce immediately came to mind, but I was dismayed with the ridiculous number of ingredients most recipes called for. So I started working on my own peanut sauce, got three ingredients in, and decided it was complete. Perhaps some exotic spices or fish sauce or something else would’ve made it even better, but sometimes simplicity is the key. Learning to edit myself is one of the most difficult but important goals I strive for when it comes to art and food.

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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in any season | 0 comments

Three Cheese Pimiento Cheese

Three Cheese Pimiento Cheese

Pimiento cheese (or pimento if we’re spelling phonetically) is a Southern staple that I was lucky enough to know and love as a child. Luckier still, my mom has her own recipe, which persuaded me to develop a taste for only the made-from-scratch, homemade kind. In my adult life I’ve realized the sad truth that pimiento cheese isn’t readily available or regularly eaten outside of the South. Isn’t it funny how living in the same area for your whole childhood in many ways insulates you from the idea of regional eating?

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in any season, local love | 0 comments

Pickled Peach + Buttermilk Biscuits

Pickled Peach + Buttermilk Biscuits

Martha McMillin of Preserving Place very generously donated some of her products for the Skylight Farm dinner I cohosted last fall to benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia. We used several Preserving Place jams to accompany a cheese platter, but I wanted to really highlight her incredible pickled peaches. This dinner was to be a celebration of Southern food, of home cooks, and of a bountiful harvest. Every Southern home cook should know how to make biscuits, so the idea of pickled peach + buttermilk biscuits was born. I used local Banner Butter buttermilk and the queen of Southern flour, White Lily.

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in any season | 0 comments

Caramelized Onion + Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Crispy Sage

Caramelized Onion + Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Crispy Sage

Caramelized onions. Goat cheese. Crispy sage. I mean, how can you go wrong? One day I was desperately searching for a something I could quickly throw together for lunch, and these sandwiches were the very happy result of leftovers from a cooking class I hosted the night before. These little guys are pretty versatile. You can serve the sandwiches open-faced as crostini for nice hors d’oeuvres at a party; you can serve them hot or cold; you can use whole grain or gluten free bread or whatever you have on hand; and you can prep the caramelized onions a few days in advance for quick assembly (or if you’re feeling lazy, just buy some caramelized onion jam instead). Caramelizing onions isn’t the fastest of prep items, but it’s SO worth your time. I promise!

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in any season, fall, spring, winter | 0 comments

How to Use Beets for Natural Red Food Coloring

How to Use Beets for Natural Red Food Coloring

Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away, which means that all things red and pink are in full force. Pink buttercream! Red velvet cake! Pretty pink drinks! But when it comes to food coloring, the artificial stuff is bad news. I wanted to share a super easy way to use beets for a natural, preservative/chemical-free pink or red dye. Obviously you can just use a juicer to extract the beet juice, but if you a) don’t have a juicer, or b) don’t want to dirty up your juicer for just a few tablespoons of juice, read on…

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