Endive-Walnut Salad

I was putting leftovers in the fridge after a fun dinner with friends, and I couldn’t stop snacking. But that’s not news. What was different this time is that the dish I couldn’t stay out of was the salad. What? There was mocha-toffee crunch terrine, half of my rosy filet mignon, scoops of a creamy…

Cucumber Dip

I so enjoy being the parent of adults. They don’t put cat food up their noses. The conversations are more interesting, the wit is sharp and funny, and I have ready-made experts to explain the intricacies of the modern world to me. Now I know what a meme is. I understand why texting is preferable…

Chicken in Wine Sauce

This recipe is for the day when your hair is on fire. For when you drive 19 miles to the strawberry farm to buy fruit for making jam, and the berries are so ripe you must start rinsing and hulling the minute you get home, before decay sets in. For when you have 10 pounds…

Broccoli-Cheese Soup

Soup doesn’t have to be seasonal, and by the looks of things in my state, neither does the weather. Snow fell over parts of Arkansas this morning in amounts never recorded before this late in the year. The wet chill in my backyard is confusing the hummingbirds and causing the dogs to make nests out…

Shrimp and Basil Pasta

I keep a couple of bags of shrimp in the freezer just so I can make this recipe on days I’m trying to avoid the grocery store, like senior citizen discount Tuesdays. I also make it because it’s so good. Now, to produce this on a whim requires just a little forethought, which takes some…

Hot Cross Buns

Today is Good Friday. One of the holiest days of the Christian calendar, Good Friday is a day of quiet contemplation, commemorating the crucifixion of Christ. But this somber day has a bright spot (and I’m not just talking about the imminent end of Lent and a return of chocolate to my daily diet). Hot…

Buttermilk Sugar Cookies

This recipe makes a bunch, because I needed a bunch. These soft, delicately-flavored cookies were dessert last week at my Third Thursday Cafe. Buttermilk adds a little tang to the dough, which bakes up under a shower of cinnamon sugar. It’s a lovely smell to come home to. I divided the output as it came…

Cheese-Stuffed Pasta Shells

This dish is proof that if a parent who enjoys cooking good food waits long enough, her picky-eating kids turn into humans. They also turn into tax-paying grown women who color their hair, gripe about gas prices, live for good bike weather, and prefer Midori Sours to red wine. Sometimes they get proverbs tattooed on…

Carrot Cake

I’d rather call this Carrot Bread until Lent is over, if you know what I mean. It’s baked in a loaf pan, it has no frosting, and it’s full of fruit, nuts, and vegetables. It’s practically a baked salad. Okay, that last part’s a stretch, but if you get a hankering for a lushly textured…

Vegetable Soup

What’s good to eat on a cold day? Steamy vegetable soup. What’s good to eat on a cold day after having a root canal? This puréed vegetable soup. It’s soothing, nutritious, and delicious, whether you can feel your gums or not. And a bowlful requires no chewing, unless you serve it with a rustic, toothsome…