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Recipes: Vegetables

Twilight: End of Summer Garden

It’s that twilight time in the garden and at the farmer’s markets. The magic in-between time that gently divides the seasons. The summer darlings such as heirloom tomatoes, vibrant peppers, and the last stubby fingers of okra sit adjacent to mottled wild pears, aubergine-colored scuppernongs bursting with sweet juice, and tender, young winter squash. The… Read more »

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Labor Day Appetizers and Summer’s Sweet End

I’ve spent the summer in New England. It’s been an eye-opener on many levels. First, I was told all about the corn. “Our corn is the best in the world,” she said. In my mind, I silently dismissed it. “Oh-okay,” I responded. The half acknowledgment that conveys the unspoken sentiment, “You really don’t know what… Read more »

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Simple Summer Suppers: Everyday to Entertaining

Tonight, I’m visiting friends in Westchester, NY. It’s a somewhat cool night. Well, mostly and at least to me, who is used to Georgia in July. It is in the 90s in Atlanta and it’s in the upper-70s here. Indoors is too warm for comfort without AC, but dinner on the porch was quiet and… Read more »

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Lighten Up! 11 Great Recipes for a Healthy Southern Summer

Last week I taught Southern Comfort Spa Style at Rancho la Puerta. The photo above is of me in the beautiful organic garden at La Cocina que Canta, “the kitchen that sings” with the bounty of the garden and of the land. It’s a magnificent place and the cooking school is just amazing. The guests… Read more »

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