Toasted Oak Ice Cream with Smoked Sea Salt & Lapsang Souchong Caramel Swirl

toasted oak ice cream with smoked sea salt & lapsang souchong caramel swirl

Last autumn seemed the most vibrant & animate one I’d ever seen, maybe the only one I’d ever really seen since I was a child. It was my first sober autumn in my adult life and so terribly, wonderfully orange, blue, and Rachmaninoff. It used to be a melancholy time for me, a comfortable, familiar … Read more

Peach Hand Pies

 There is no better season than summer!  The sights, sounds, fragrances and tastes of summer just can’t be beat.  It’s hard not to take advantage of the plethora of fresh fruit that is available during the best season of the year, and that includes fresh peaches.     I don’t know where you come from, but … Read more

Summer Squash Salad with Mint, Feta, and Black Truffle Salt

squash salad with mint, feta, and black truffle salt

Yesterday we had an argument in the middle of the sidewalk, and we had squash salad. The squash salad made some degree of sense. The argument, however, was a chimera, a figment with no fangs. It came like a squall at sea sending the mooring lines whipping in the wind as the rain falls sideways and … Read more

heirloom tomato ginger muffins with pine nuts, olive oil, & orange blossom

Tomato Ginger Muffins

  After our sojourn to New York, Tennessee seems positively vast and serene, especially in the late August light. I’ve been so exhausted I’ve yet to even unpack. Brocade trousers are tangled with winklepickers and indignant silk shirts spilling out of the old Samsonite next to the bed as I’ve rummaged through them to retrieve necessities like … Read more

Thai Iced Tea & Vegan Ginger Ice-Cream Sandwiches

Thai Ice Tea Ice Cream by {local milk}

Vegan Ginger Ice Cream Sandwich My world has been humming these past few weeks. My mother and aunt aided me in introducing light and order to areas (for instance, the kitchen cabinets) of my home that were previously akin to the chaotic blackness of mythical pre-creation. In keeping with the making of a house a home, … Read more

Buttermilk Brined Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Brined Southern Fried Chicken

  Hoe Hop Valley Farm’s Chicken brined & battered in Cruze Farm’s buttermilk   In the south, fried chicken is like religion, and like religion everyone believes that their way is The One True Way. When Patrick requested it for his birthday I felt a twinge of terror. I’d never fried chicken before. I’d never … Read more