Tomato Peach Salad

tomato peach salad

This tomato peach salad is as close as I am ever going to get to actually reproducing the month of August on a plate.  Right now we are at the pinnacle of local tomatoes and local peaches, and the teeny mint leaves in the picture are about as local as you can get, seeing as they are growing right outside my back door.   A heap of those good things, a drizzle of sherry vinaigrette and you have the prettiest, easiest salad in town.  Which is almost enough to make you forget all those back to school ads and other harbingers of, yep, FALL.  So gather up some peaches and tomatoes and let's make beautiful salad together! Read More & Get the Recipe

Chicken Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing

chicken salad with goat cheese dressing

Before I get started on telling you about this delectable chicken salad with goat cheese dressing, let me tell you about one of the cardinal rules of my kitchen, which is this: if we are grilling chicken, we make extra. I have an entire collection of recipes that call for cooked chicken as one of the ingredients, and pretty much no matter what it is, if the chicken is grilled it is twice as good.The ever-helpful Southern husband grilled chicken early in the week, so I had a nice supply of the extra in the fridge. Note: this only works if you say in a very firm voice, "I am using the leftover chicken for another supper in a few days, so please don't EAT it." I speak from experience. Read More & Get the Recipe

Cold Corn and Shrimp Soup

cold corn chowder

This cold corn and shrimp soup is one of my very favorites, because not only is it  full of delicious summertime flavors, it also fits in perfectly with my in and out of the kitchen mantra.  My goal during the week is to get in the door and go from walking into the kitchen to dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. It's a personal challenge for me (and I have to admit I cut corners a little bit by leaving the recipe out in the mornings, because most days the adorable Southern husband gets out the ingredients and stacks them on the counter for me. Did I mention he also cleans up the kitchen afterwords? Yes, I do know how very, very good I have it.) Read More & Get the Recipe

Caprese Bread Pudding

caprese bread pudding recipe

  Up until recently I was pretty sure I had caprese-ed everything there was to caprese.  Steak, pasta, peaches, and of course the good old caprese salad.  I love each and every one of them, but as it turns out, they were all just delicious preludes to the wonder that is this caprese bread pudding recipe.  Yes, it's exactly what you hope and dream it is - torn pieces of buttery brioche bread soaked in milk and  eggs, and then baked with slices of sweet heirloom tomatoes and creamy mozzarella cheese, and then scattered with basil leaves and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.   It is warm and wonderful summer on a plate, pure and simple.  Let's get to caprese-ing! Read More & Get the Recipe

Layered Taco Salad

layered taco salad

This layered taco salad came out of my endless enthusiasm for making pretty much anything for dinner that has the word "taco" in it.  Good old regular tacos are one of the best things ever invented, so it stands to reason that anything that riffs off of tacos has a good chance of being a hit at the supper table.  Tacos, you never let me down.  And so now that it is getting to be the time of year when salads are the order of the day, I wanted to add yet another taco salad to my repertoire of taco deliciousness.  This time in a layered version, full of spicy meat, sweet cornbread, shredded cheese and lots of cool and crunchy veggies.  Here goes! Read More & Get the Recipe

Hot Mexican Cheese Dip

Mexican cheese dip

Hot Mexican Cheese dip is delectable any time of year, but since today is Cinco de Mayo, it is practically a requirement that you make and eat this today.  It takes all of 20 minutes, and that includes the amount of time it is going to take you to tear open a bag of your favorite tortilla chips. So grab the sangria, head into the kitchen and let's prepare ourselves properly for a spicy and delicious Cinco de Mayo! Read More & Get the Recipe