December 2010

It is normal to crave richer food in the winter when the days are shorter and darker and we are less active.  Adding some kind of raw food to each meal or eating something raw before your meal may leave you feeling a bit lighter.  Here are some raw recipes we really like: Crunchy Raw […]

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We have been getting loads of questions from friends looking for ideas or advice. Here are answers to some “frequently asked” that may help you too:

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Creamy Corn Grits

December 16, 2010

Recipes for combining cheese and grits are common throughout the South. Most cheese grits recipes call for cheddar, but we like this combo with Italian fontina from Sarah Belk’s Around the Southern Table; it’s mild nuttiness complements the subtle corn flavor of grits. Serve as a side to breakfast eggs and sausage, or serve as […]

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Comfort food means it tastes good and it nourishes.  It isn’t always pretty and it isn’t necessarily lower in calories, but it does satisfy in more ways than one.  Looking for something simple and delicious to feed your house tonight? What makes better sense than meatloaf and mashed potatoes? just make sure to get something […]

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Many years ago we were delighted by the taste combination of potatoes and rutabaga. This turnip cousin is probably the least expensive vegetable at your produce stand and is woefully underappreciated. However, let it be noted that rutabaga (a.k.a. yellow turnip) is an earthly delight that is jam-packed with nutrients. 2 lbs. sm. red potatoes, […]

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Homemade Meatloaf

December 14, 2010

Sure, you’ve got someone’s delicious recipe in your files somewhere, but be inspired to try another.  We like a trio of ground meats for a richer, more flavorful meal. Whole Foods often has packs for sale just for this purpose. 1 lg. red onion, chopped 4 Tbls. olive oil Kosher salt and pepper 3 lg. […]

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Meatloaf Sandwich

December 13, 2010

Make meatloaf just to have these next-day sandwiches! 1 slice meatloaf, cut 3/4-in. thick Olive oil 2 slices bread (your choice), toasted Ketchup and/or dijon mustard 1 slice cheese (we like pepper jack with this) Heat a little olive oil in a cast iron pan over medium-high heat.  When pan is hot, add a little […]

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Cooking turnips, pole beans and plum tomatoes over an open flame (we use our gas grill) creates a lovely charred exterior and soft and tasty interiors. Alternatively, you can use just one, two or all three veggie ingredients for a fantastic side dish! Scrape or peel the turnip skin off and wash well under cool […]

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A few simple high-quality ingredients brought together make for some of the best dishes. For this, make sure to have on hand good, fruity extra-virgin olive oil and the best sea salt. Fettunta – which means “greased slice” – is simply grilled bread, rubbed with a raw, halved garlic clove, drizzled with best-quality olive oil […]

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Roasted Pork Belly

December 10, 2010

This is a delightfully crispy, super-tasty pork belly. Very easy to prepare, very delicious in your mouth; it has a crunchy outer layer (from the cracklings) and a perfect, tender interior that literally melts in your mouth. You know we love this chef and this comes from his signature first book. Serve it with a […]

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