How To Make Homemade Mayonnaise

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: How To Make Homemade Mayonnaise --- My journey towards learning how to make homemade mayonnaise started a little over 30 days ago, when the Southern husband and I started out on the Whole 30 eating plan (and more on that later), but let me just say this right now: among the many other benefits of this past month, having to make my own mayo was a game-changer. As someone who routinely makes her own ricotta cheese, butter and jam (and all of these are both ridiculously easy and one million times better than the store bought variety), you'd think at some point it would have dawned on me that mayo might fall into that category. But no, I've only figured out a few weeks ago that eggs, olive oil, mustard powder, salt and lemon juice, my handy immersion blender and 5 minutes are the only things standing in between me and mayo that leaves the jarred stuff in the dust ....more

Tomato Peach Salad

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Tomato Peach Salad --- This tomato peach salad is as close as I am ever going to get to actually reproducing the month of August on a plate. Right now we are at the pinnacle of local tomatoes and local peaches, and the teeny mint leaves in the picture are about as local as you can get, seeing as they are growing right outside my back door. A heap of those good things, a drizzle of sherry vinaigrette and you have the prettiest, easiest salad in town ....more

Chicken Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Chicken Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing --- Before I get started on telling you about this delectable chicken salad with goat cheese dressing, let me tell you about one of the cardinal rules of my kitchen, which is this: if we are grilling chicken, we make extra. I have an entire collection of recipes that call for cooked chicken as one of the ingredients, and pretty much no matter what it is, if the chicken is grilled it is twice as good.The ever-helpful Southern husband grilled chicken early in the week, so I had a nice supply of the extra in the fridge. Note: this only works if you say in a very firm voice, "I am using the leftover chicken for another supper in a few days, so please don't EAT it." I speak from experience ....more

Pineapple Shrimp Gazpacho

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Pineapple Shrimp Gazpacho --- This cool and easy pineapple shrimp gazpacho may just have ruined all other gazpachos for me, at least for the time being. One pineapple, one cucumber, some chopped shrimp, a few other things and about 10 minutes is all that stands between you and a sweet and spicy bowl of summer soup deliciousness. The first time I made this I couldn't even wait for the chilling down in the fridge part...we proceeded right to the eating (and it's pretty wonderful at room temperature too, I'm here to tell you!) ....more

Chicken Parmesan Pasta

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Chicken Parmesan Pasta --- You know how sometimes you go to a restaurant and you are helpless in the face of the Chicken Parmesan on the menu, so you order it and the server asks if you would like pasta on the side, and of course you say YES and then you have a giant plate of chicken parm and a giant plate of pasta and you momentarily don't know which to dive into first? This recipe for chicken parmesan pasta solves that issue for you. Yes, we are talking about chicken, cheese, pasta, tomato and a little fresh basil in every happy bite ....more

Cold Corn and Shrimp Soup

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Cold Corn and Shrimp Soup --- This cold corn and shrimp soup is one of my very favorites, because not only is it ...more

Caprese Bread Pudding

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Caprese Bread Pudding --- Up until recently I was pretty sure I had caprese-ed everything there was to caprese. Steak, pasta, peaches, and of course the good old caprese salad. But as it turns out, they were all just delicious preludes to the wonder that is this caprese bread pudding recipe ....more

Shrimp Avocado Salad

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Shrimp Avocado Salad --- Are you one of those people who (like me) can't say no to either shrimp cocktail or guacamole? Then you are going to LOVE this easy, summery shrimp avocado salad. Cool chopped shrimp, buttery avocado, salty crunchy cashews, sweet cherry tomatoes, tangy lime juice...I am running out of adjectives, so instead I will just say that not only is this a fun conglomeration of so many of my food crushes in one bowl, it also breaks all indoor speed records for making it ....more

Spiced Peaches with Serrano Ham and Basil

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Spiced Peaches with Serrano Ham and Basil --- There are a few things that say to me, it is completely, totally, no doubt about it summer. ...more

Raspberry Fizz

---- If this post is not displaying properly, view it in your browser here: Raspberry Fizz --- This refreshing little raspberry fizz recipe came about as a result of me not being able to keep my hands off of ANYTHING that has the word "local" on it at our nearby farm market. Local strawberries, local peaches, local blueberries...they all have me at hello. And local raspberries? ...more