Kitchen Chronicles: Kim Trentham

This is my mother-in-law “to be”, Kim Trentham. I am lucky to be marrying into a family that loves food just as as much as mine. Phew. Really dodged a bullet. Kim absolutely loves to entertain, feed, and socialize, which I can get down with. Kim always has a little spin on your traditional dishes….

champagne pound cake

  I have actually never been a fan of New Year’s Eve. Other than getting an excuse off of work, there really doesn’t feel like that much difference between “the new year” and any other day for me. Relativity, AMIRITE? We’ve all seen Interstellar by now, so we all like, totally grasp the concept. Since I find…

food network flops

I got to watch some Food Network over the Christmas holiday since I don’t have cable. It was a real treat. I watched some of my favorite shows (Good Eats and such), and a re-run of some show about Thanksgiving/holiday meal prep. But here’s my rant: Rocco recommended this horrific idea (I think it was a…

Kitchen Chronicles: Michael Tate

This is my Uncle Mike, the culinary god of our family. This is a title I have privately bestowed upon him, as I aspire to one day be as good of a chef as he is. Yes, I said chef. Because that title is also fitting. He is a true artist with food. My dad…

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…

Kitchen Chronicles: Amanda Hill

This is my best friend, otherwise referred to by her god-given name Amanda Hill. I could call her many things, but we will leave nicknames where they belong: in the past. This person has seen me through some dark (and by dark I mean sometimes strange, and very embarrassing) times. I’ll also spare everyone inside…

roasted butternut squash, potatoes, and onions

The arrival of peeled and cubed butternut squash in the produce section of the grocery store may be one of the smartest marketing decisions ever made by the Butternut Squash Council of America (I totally made that up). Have you ever tried to cut up one of those suckers? Oh, my lawd. And there’s not…

Kitchen Chronicles: Lacey Hancock

I want everyone to meet Lacey. Lacey Hancock is a great person to know, and I’ve enjoyed her company on and off throughout the past 3 years. I met Lacey when she was a vegan, and has now decided meat is for her (thank God). She cooks, bakes, and is most certainly educated on the…

10 fun food facts about Christmas

December 23 is the busiest grocery store day of the year. A Sugar Plum is basically a fruitcake ball. It’s made with any dried fruit chopped fine and mixed with nuts, aromatic spices and honey. Then it’s shaped into a golf-ball sized orb and rolled in sugar. Santa Claus’s origins come from a real person,…

stress and toffee

Tis that time of year where life gets really hectic, and I have to make to-do lists that include very simple things like “take a shower” and “eat” just so I don’t forget. If I don’t, people walk past be all like ho. ho. ho. Besides it being the oh-so-holly-jolly holidays (which is a very special…

Kitchen Chronicles: Andrew Tate

Meet Andrew, my brother. If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting him, you know he is a jack of all trades. He’s a court jester, a talented videographer, natural athlete, and whiz-kid mathematician. But probably his defining characteristic: everyone loves Andrew. I lovingly call him “America’s Guy Next Door” when I describe him to people….

Kitchen Chronicles: Anita Strange

Today I introduce everyone to Anita Strange, known to anyone close to her as “Nita”    She is my fiancé’s aunt, and I have bonded with her before over [insert drum roll here] fried chicken at Chandler’s Deli, a Knoxville favorite of mine. Yes, we both love food, and today I’d like you to get to know…