Seared Scallops with Pea Pesto

Seared Scallops with Pea Pesto

Every summer our family hit the road in our 1965 sky blue Pontiac Catalina for a family vacation. One year our destination was the Great Smoky Mountains with stops in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Fontana Dam. On another trip, we followed my Aunt Sarah and Uncle Vernon and their popup camper to the mountains of… [read more]

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Biscuits with Grandma

Buttermilk Biscuits

Grandma's house was very familiar. Perhaps it was because I spent so much time there as a youngster. My grandparents built the family home at 703 South Meridian Street in the 1920s. The quaint bungalow had a large front and side porch, both outfitted with swings and rocking chairs, where the family spent countless hours visiting and watching traffic pass. During the summer, I often took respite from the sweltering Mississippi heat on the front porch after manicuring her lawn with my push ... [read more]

Crab Cake Club Sandwich

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I've been an East Coast guy for a good part of my life, but the West Coast has always had a subtle pull for me. Perhaps part of the draw has something to do with my love of the 60s music scene in California. The Bay Area was the epicenter of 60s rock music with the likes of Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead. Down the coast in Los Angeles, the music scene was hot as well. The Doors; the Byrds; and Crosby, Still, and Nash got their start in Los Angeles. I was born a few ... [read more]

Shallot Dill Salmon with Potato Webs

Shallot Dill Salmon with Potato Webs

Do you ever feel like a salmon swimming against the current? The last couple of weeks have felt like that to me. I've been only moderately successful at managing my to-do list as life continues flying by. I'm not complaining, mind you. My life is quite wonderful in most respects, but I have been somewhat remiss in attending to the blog. My day job has been busier than usual, and two out-of-town weekends didn't help. Speaking of salmon, did you know they spend most of their lives in the ... [read more]

Cinco de Mayo Southern Boy Style

Ancho Braised Pork Belly Tacos

I sometimes feel like we celebrate Cinco de Mayo all summer long. Mexican food and margaritas become a regular part of our diet during the summer months. Our favorite Mexican restaurant has a rooftop deck and weekends often find us there with friends. Cinco de Mayo, often confused in the States as Mexican Independence Day, is actually a celebration of the Mexican army's triumph over French forces in the Battle of Puebla. The "fifth of May" is a day to celebrate national pride among ... [read more]

Spring Dishin’ Southern Boy Style

Fennel and Apple Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

Just so you'll know, I'm a total geek. I admit it. So...I'm celebrating spring with a new tech toy. My Apple Watch arrived on Friday and not a minute too soon. For those of you who don't know, my days are spent at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Systems Architect. My passion for technology runs a close second to my passion for food. I'm not only a gadget freak, but I'm an early adopter. Whenever Apple releases the latest and greatest product, I have to buy it and I've got ... [read more]

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

Monsoon season has descended on Atlanta, and for the last couple of weeks an endless barrage of rain storms has moved through the area. The sun seems to have forsaken us. I'm a spring kind of guy, and this time of year I crave those 70-degree days filled with sunshine, daffodils, and azaleas. So far this year my weather cravings are somewhat unfulfilled. This week's forecast tells me sun in on the way, but because it's stormy and gray today, I need a little pick-me-up that reminds me of ... [read more]

Spring Pasta with Peas, Asparagus, and Sugar Snaps

Spring Pasta with Peas, Asparagus, and Sugar Snaps

Fresh green peas scream spring to me. Also known as English or garden peas, these emerald legumes require nothing more than just a little butter and salt to make a delightful side dish. They need very little cooking to bring out their sweet and subtle flavor. Of course you can get frozen peas throughout the year, and they serve many recipes well, but there's nothing like the fresh version right off the vine. They enjoy a fairly short growing season during the spring and early summer, so grab ... [read more]

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

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Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

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Peanut Blossom Cookies

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Banana, Walnut, and Chocolate Focaccia

Banana, Walnut, and Chocolate Focaccia

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