Clafouti and a Tribute

Fresh from the oven, Clafouti is puffed and bubbly!

Coq au vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, Vichyssoise, Clafouti… had these names even been pronounced much less heard of in any home kitchen in the United States before 1961? I’m sure they had somewhere, but was anyone actually cooking them at home? I think not so much. Continue reading

Summer in the South: A Few of My Favorite Things

Easy, refreshing and delicious Buttermilk-Basil Sorbet

Summer has not been my favorite of the seasons. Of course as a child, there were some things I really liked about it: no school, swimming and vacation were chief amongst them. But summer is always hot here in the South…really hot. And I like cooler weather better.

As time goes on, though, I’m coming back around to appreciating summer again­—it does have a lot going for it, after all. Longer and lazier days, cooking outdoors, taking a dip in cold bodies of water, and tons of fresh produce. Here’s my little laundry list of a few of my favorite things about summer, the things I look forward to—most of which are food and drink related, of course! What are yours? Continue reading

Penne for Your Thoughts?

Tonight’s supper is my Penne with Kale, Sausage and Roasted Tomatoes recipe. In the beginning, I always made this with Sweet Italian Pork Sausage, but now I substitute Chicken Sausage to make a healthier dish. This takes a little effort in prep and cooking time, but it’s worth it, and the result is a somewhat Sicilian-inspired dish. Continue reading