Summer

Blueberry Infused Vodka Lemonade

August 3, 2011 Beverages

Every time my fiancé and I go down to visit his family in NC, his dad ribs me about all the rednecks we come across. Like I’m some fish-out-of-water, ain’t never seen no rednecks before, “city girl.” I always have to remind him that I hail from East Tennessee where the moonshine flows steady and [...]

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Spicy Black-Eyed Pea and Tomato Stew

July 27, 2011 Soups and Stews

This is what I call a summer hodgepodge meal. I had a pantry full of veggies and a very empty belly. So I made a spicy black-eyed pea and tomato summer stew- and you should too! Ingredients: (makes 4 servings) 2 cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed (if using dry beans, cook fully before adding [...]

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Summer Risotto

July 20, 2011 Dinner

It strikes me as funny that as I write this post for a summer recipe, I’m listening to a band called The Decemberists (if only if were so cold outside).  But I find the music comforting, kind of like this risotto. And when when you’re sweltering in the summer sun, everyone should come into the [...]

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Greek Lentil Salad

July 18, 2011 Salads

  Lately, I’ve been riding my bike to and from work everyday. It’s great exercise, but it’s hard to ride with a packed lunch- unless that lunch is light. In the summer, I like cool salads like this tangy lentil salad. It’s filling yet light and is an absolute cinch to travel with. You could [...]

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Easy Orange Creamsicles

July 15, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

Did you eat your weight in orange creamsicles as a kid? I did.  Loved those things. It seems odd but, something about ice cream and orange just works. You can’t deny it. I don’t eat creamsicles as often these days, but thought it would be fun to create a really simple homemade version. These would [...]

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Peach and Melon Soup

July 9, 2011 Soups and Stews

Today I bring you a recipe for soup from Saluda. The other night we dined at a local restaurant called The Purple Onion. I love this place. Great food, lively atmosphere. We ordered a peach and melon soup that reminded me of a chilled, summery gazpacho. The soup was so tasty, I decided to make [...]

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4th of July Festivities

July 7, 2011 Adventure

  How did you spend the 4th of July? We lazed on porches. (Southerners love their porches.)   Listened to some bluegrass.    Took a stroll down main street.   Ate our fill of red, white, and blue.      And began shopping for one of these for next year. So sparkly. Hope you all had [...]

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Spicy Lime and Cilantro Coleslaw

June 30, 2011 Side Dishes

Fourth of July and coleslaw are meant for one another. Crisp, tangy veggies on a hot summer day-a match that is sure to endure the test of time. But not any coleslaw will do. Our nation’s proudest holiday calls for a feisty coleslaw with a little bite. I made this easy recipe using jalapeno, cilantro [...]

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Black Cherry Cola Ice Cream Float

June 26, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

This is why I love summer. Ice cream floats remind me of childhood. Ice cream and cherry and cola. Oh my. There’s really no trick to it. Stuff a jam jar with as much vanilla bean ice cream as it will hold. Pour the cola over top. (This cola is clear because it has no [...]

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Sour Cherry Almond Muffins

June 21, 2011 Breakfast

Being that it’s cherry season and I’ve been doing a lot of baking that involves cherries, I couldn’t resist posting this recipe for cherry almond muffins. A few days ago, my co-worker brought me a bag of sour cherries from her yard. Sour cherries are super tart and much smaller than super market cherries.  What [...]

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