Southern Made Simpler: Deviled Eggs Edition


A lot of people seem to think that southern cooking is all highly caloric, complicated, and time consuming.  While that’s mostly true, it doesn’t have to be.  Take, for instance, the humble deviled egg.  They’re my go-to when I need to use up some eggs, or just as a quick and easy appetizer.  Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks for making easy deviled eggs. Continue reading


What I Got in the Mail Today


I got an exciting and colorful batch of mail today! Martha Stewart’s Living has been awesome this summer–I love anything that embraces seasonal goodness–foods, places, projects, plants, all of it. And at some point about a week ago I decided I wanted to paint again, probably after seeing some awesome watercolor paintings online somewhere, and thinking I can do that.  I probably can’t, but I’ll sure try.

It all feels very summery and therefore exciting and pretty perfect.

Blackberry Galette

Blackberry Galette

I LOVE blackberries.  They’re my favorite berries, and I’m a sucker for all things blackberry.  Except the phones.  Heh.

My love for blackberries started when I was a kid spending significant chunks of summer at my mom’s parents’ house in Virginia.  I remember picking blackberries on the jumble of vines edging their street, and along the perimeter of my Great Uncle’s soybean fields.  It was hot work, and you had to dodge the prickles, and since these were wild vines, you were lucky to find a decent number of small, deep black berries.  Nothing like the giant monsters in grocery stores now.   Continue reading

Quick and Easy Hummus


Hummus is one of the earliest things I can remember “cooking.”  The recipe I used came from this little book of easy foods kids could make, and included recipes for things like ants on a log.  This was my first recipe I could make by heart, and it was so easy and so delicious that we always had a tub of hummus in the fridge when I was growing up. Continue reading

Food is Love: Dinner at Asia de Cuba


Tonight Ryan and I had dinner with my uncle Todd and his boyfriend Thom at Asia de Cuba.  It was fun to do dinner, as they’re always full of stories and lots of fun to hang out with, and this was the first time it hadn’t been at my Grandma’s or at the hospital in a long time.  Todd and Thom picked the spot because Thom used to go in his fancy PR/agent days and had some menu favorites.  Plus, as the most Italian one of all of us, he pointed out, we needed food.  It’s good for the grieving process, and it helps people heal.  Specifically, he wanted cake.  Sweets are good for the soul, don’tcha know.   Continue reading