Cowlick Cottage Farm

Carolyn is a passionate organic gardener and cook, raising most of her family's fruits and vegetables on her mini-farm in north Florida. She's a garden writer and photographer, and her work has been featured in numerous magazines. Carolyn was the Proven Winners Garden Guru for the Southeast Region and participated in P. Allen Smith's Garden2Blog event in 2012 and 2013. Carolyn blogs about gardening and cooking at

How to Forgive

I visited my daughter and her family this afternoon. Quick visit. You know how it is—we’re all really busy with whatever the hell it is we think we need to do ....more

Our Mediterranean Cooking Extravaganza, Part One

August is not the best month for gardening here in north Florida. This weekend the temperatures are soaring into the triple digits. We let the garden go in August ....more

Quick and Easy Lemon Icebox Pie of Love

My husband has fond memories of his mamma’s cooking. For a while, Gigi even catered parties in Savannah, Georgia, and many of my family’s favorite recipes come from Gigi’s recipe files. By the time I came on the scene, she was more than willing to let me do much .. ....more

Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins

Blueberries are in season. Hallelujah! I love blueberries, don’t you? ...more

Sweet Red Pepper and Onion Relish

At this time of year here in Florida, I love to spend sweltering Sunday afternoons in the kitchen, saving my tomatoes. This recipe is a knockoff of Harry and David’s...more

Last Call in Apalachicola

Apalachicola. My daughter, Natalie, and I arrive late at the bar in the historic Gibson Inn. Late is relative in Apalachicola ....more

Rethinking My Garden: Press Play

You can’t stop the future You can’t rewind the past The only way to learn the secret …is to press play. ~Jay Asher For the last couple of years, the weather has thrown us the Polar Vortex, torrential spring rains, and unbearable heat during the summer months. What grew effortlessly a few years ago .. ....more

Blackberry-Peach Crisp

Every Sunday afternoon, I swear I’m going to clean out my closet. In fact, when I go so far as to write down a list of what I should do, cleaning out my closet is always in the top three, right along with organizing the junk drawer and cleaning the “self-cleaning” oven. The .. ....more

Pimento Cheese

If you grew up in the South, the chances are pretty good that you have a family recipe for pimento cheese. There are over 100,000 or so recipes for it. Virtually every Southern cookbook that I own (and I have a LOT of them!) has at least one recipe for pimento cheese ....more

Delightful Apricot Jam and Apricot-Thyme Infused Gin

So yesterday, I went to the Winn Dixie to get dog kibble. You know, just a 20-minute errand. But Crystal Nails is right next door, so I stopped in and got my toes done ....more