what to eat when you’re sick

So this past week has been rough. I have been miserably sick, though it was not Bronchitis like I originally thought. Like many of the people close to me know, I am a hypochondriac. Yes, this would be me if I were a camel. And when I sniffle, puke, cough, itch–whatever it may be–I do…

salted chocolate pecan pie bars

So for the holidays, I usually like to feel like I’ve contributed by baking a little treat or dessert for the family. The good thing is that I KNOW how to bake tasty desserts. They bad thing is that people don’t end up liking you as much over time when you bake things that make…

Beer Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos with Spicy Salsa

I am trying hard to only shop the outer aisles of my beloved local grocery store. I listen to about 53 food podcasts a week in the car and I’ve heard this same annoying man on about 52 of them talking about salt, sugar and fat and the “bliss point” food manufacturers chemically achieve to…

“forks on the road” challenge part 1

So, I have to drive a lot for my job. My caseload lives primarily in 3 places: Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge. I would like to think I know Knoxville pretty well, but I am not so familiar with our neighboring cities, Maryville and Oak Ridge. To motivate me on these journeys out of town,…

plum galette

This would be more appropriately titled with plum galette and some nutrition facts to not make you feel guilty when you eat the whole thing yourself I have recently fallen in love with plums after making some brown butter plum tarts when Heath’s grandmother came to over for dinner a few weeks ago. They are…

maple bacon kettle corn

So yeah, this tastes exactly what it sounds like. This picture is the picture I saw on Pinterest and I was like NEED IT NEED IT NEED IT So I made it. Good story huh? Well, the ending to this story is a happy one. Seriously, this is so easy and SO YUMMY. Very good…

a hiatus leads to excuses

Lots has happened since I’ve posted anything on here. I won’t bore anyone with measly excuses on why I haven’t been posting anything, but here is the highlight reel. I got married. I got a new job. These two things have kept me really, really busy. Marriage is wonderful and exciting (I know, such a…

summer in the winter

Here’s a trick for you. The only thing is, you’ll have to remember it until July. Maybe August. In my humble opinion, the best corn is fresh, cut-off-the-cob Silver Queen corn. It’s really the only proper corn in the South and if you doubt that, you are just wrong. Silver Queen has a short life span….

Marcella Hazan’s eggplant risotto

If you want to demystify any complicated sounding dish,  call it a “casserole” and everyone will just settle down. I love Marcella Hazan. I think of her as the Paula Deen of Italy. Her recipes are always scrumptious and fairly easy to make. I actually stumbled on this recipe from a cookbook I have of hers…

Julia Child’s scalloped potatoes

  I am about to tell you about the single best culinary bargain in the history of the world. Yes, that’s right. The history of the WORLD. It is in connection with making Julia Child’s Scalloped Potatoes, which I did for a church supper years ago. and which were absolutely delicious and a cinch to make….

sage sausage & mushroom pizza

So have you ever wondered where those sausage nubbins that sit atop take-out pizza come from? I actually do. You know what I’m talking about. Those gray nuggets that look like they were extruded from some kind of machine. I researched this on the internet and apparently nobody but me is bothered by the appearance…

savory butter burgers

I have a beef about burgers. At the heart, I’m a purist. I like a burger to be as simple as possible. I’ll get fancy once in awhile, but really…no need for sliced avocado, crispy onion rings or, God forbid, a fried egg. What a mess. And a solid no for salmon burgers, chicken burgers, turkey…