Articles for 2010

Cranberry Tea

Cranberry Tea

For me, the holidays aren’t the holidays unless there’s cranberry tea.  My grandmother made it every Christmas and it was a hit with the family and all of our friends.  I was obsessed.  I felt so special when I nabbed the recipe from my grandma, and I made the tea all the time.  Everyone who […]

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

There used to be this really amazing pie shop where I grew up.  It was called Peggy Jean’s Pies.  Peggy and Jean were two separate women.  And they made amazing pies.   Everyone in Columbia thought so, and there was hardly a celebration anywhere that didn’t involve one of Peggy Jean’s pies.  Making pies was […]

Pumpkin Ravs (with Sage Brown Butter Sauce)

Pumpkin Ravs (with Sage Brown Butter Sauce)

This summer we had a plot in a community garden and grew all sorts of amazing things.  We’re talking okra out the wazoo, beautiful tomatoes, and adorable patty-pan squash.  But Frank’s favorite garden veggies were the pumpkins.  Man, oh man, the pumpkins.  We planted them just as an experiment, but they quickly took over the […]

Clara’s Cookies

Clara’s Cookies

Growing up, we had a close family friend named Clara.  She was one of those amazing old ladies who, even until she died at age 97, always welcomed unannounced visitors, and always had a plateful of homemade cookies to offer them.  Once she admitted to me that she kept a huge stash of freshly-baked cookies in […]