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Mexican Casserole and the Paleo Pursuit

So, lately, I’ve been traveling a lot and eating…and eating.  I’ve gained a lot of weight and in my attempt to detox, cleanse, and slim down, I’ve started a bit of a modified paleo diet.  True primals eschew grains of any kind, legumes, and dairy.  Oh no, not me – give up beans, and cheese? […]

Seattle, here I come! (+ Indian Lentil Soup)

Well, I took a vacation because I’d not done anything for myself since my mom died.  My dad had a bit of a hesitance when I said “I’m going to Seattle for a week!” because he doesn’t understand planes and hasn’t been on one.  He said he’d be praying that the plane would be fine […]

Stuffed Zucchini

Zucchini’s not something I normally eat a lot of.  You see it piled high on plates with broccoli, squash, and carrots at restaurants under the name “seasonal vegetables.”  Why are those same vegetables always in season at restaurants?  Do they have some sort of time machine that lets them have these when it’s clearly not […]

Fried Green ‘Maters

When I hear “Fried Green Tomatoes” I immediately think of the eponymous book by Fannie Flagg and the movie it was made into.  It wasn’t something we had growing up, because we raised our tomato flock (yes, flock) to be eaten red or canned.  It wasn’t until I branched away from home that I actually […]

Cooking 101: How to Chop Vegetables (Lowcountry Red Rice)

I like knives. Some people collect shoes–I have friends with more than 300 pairs of shoes. I have 20. I have at least 10 knives–chef, santoku, boning, etc. A good knife is useless if you don’t know how to use it correctly. When I visit other folks who are doing cooking, especially ones who have […]

Tomato Pie

The dog days of summer continue to bake broil us to death here in the south.  In addition to corn, strawberries, boiled peanuts and colorful squash and zucchini, the staple of the summer here in the south is the almighty tomato.  We grow plump, juicy ones that have a sweet acidity–unlike those round red things […]

Butter Beans and Rice

Ah, the butter bean.  Strange blue creature from my neck of the woods.  Wait, blue?  Yes.  What we in the south call “butter beans” (phaseolus lunatus) are actually a variant of the lima bean (phaseolus limensis).  Francine did a lovely cassoulet with lima beans last winter and it reminded me of the chest freezer full […]

Not Ya Momma’s Tater Salad

  Wanna know why I didn’t call this German Potato Salad?  I’ve been to Germany, and I didn’t have any potato salad there.  Although, I do know that they have it there–it’s vinegar-based and doesn’t have any mayonnaise in it, unless you’re in Berlin.  I was in Frankfurt, which is in the southern part of […]

Pickled Okra

I haven’t lived “at home” for over ten years. I think it took all this struggle lately for me to reconnect with most of the food I grew up eating. Sure, I’ve plied the culinary waters of Rome, standing over Francine making her sugo and Randy Swofford’s Cranberry Beef and pans of focaccia bread, and […]

Ole! Lima Bean Cassoulet

The lima bean, (phaseolus lunatus), a greatly maligned and often overlooked legume, is coming back to the dinner table. Sometimes also called “butter beans” because of their buttery texture, lima beans are high in fiber, protein, manganese, folate, potassium, iron and copper. Beans and grains are becoming more and more of a household staple for […]

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