Next Saturday is The Peach Truck's (a local Nashville favorite) last shipment of peaches. All summer we have enjoyed fresh gorgeous peaches from The Peach Truck's stands all around town. Now as school starts back, saying goodbye to the peaches is just another reminder that summer is quickly coming to a close.
Life can't be ALL green smoothies and turkey buyers. Sometime (just sometimes) you have to throw caution to the wind and give in to those evil voices. Bacon Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions? Hello, lover.
Does anyone remember the restaurant Radius 10 that used to be on McGavock Street in Nashville? It closed in 2008 but I still think about their fish tacos. Really. They were so good and I have never had fish tacos quite as good as theirs ... until now!
My Ultimate (Skinny) Margarita has long been my go-to summer cocktail. It's light and fresh and I haven't met anyone that doesn't like it. This Pomegranate Mint Spiked Lemonade just may rival it. It's my new summer favorite and will be THE cocktail on all my backyard barbecue menus this summer.
What's not to like about S'Mores? Chocolate and warm marshmallow smushed between two graham crackers, usually eaten around a bonfire with good friends. "How do you like your marshmallow?" is the question that always ensues. "Lightly toasted? Charred? On fire?"
I get asked all the time how I come up with new recipes. What's my inspiration? It may sound strange but I am really inspired by the items that are about to go bad in my pantry. I can't stand to waste food so if something is on it's last days, I'll figure out a recipe to use it.
Summer's freshest lemons and blueberries make for fabulously delicious homemade muffins. Just out of the oven, these puppies are the perfect breakfast treat.
Lunch is always a difficult meal for me to get inspired about. Midday, I want something light yet filling, fresh and satisfying that will last me through the afternoon. Salads are always a good go-to lunch option but most are uninteresting and ultimately unhealthy, which completely defeats the purpose of eating a salad in the first place. This salad is not one of those—it is flavorful, healthy and a lunch you'll be excited to dive into!
This year when YOUR Williamson magazine asked me to design an Easter table for their April issue I was thrilled because I adore Easter! I totally have my grandmother to blame ... it's her favorite too. Growing up, I remember Easter Egg hunts in her Williamsburg boxwood garden, beautiful Easter dresses (one year I even wore a matching hat), family photos and lunch after church around her long dinning room table.
Last weekend we got to take a little "stay-cation" down to Leiper's Fork and enjoyed the cutest inn ever—Storybook Cottage. Perfectly named, this tiny cottage tucked in the woods of the rolling hills of Williamson County is more like Goldilocks' hide-away than a vacation rental. We went for one night and invited my parents up for dinner ... more about that later. First, a tour.
Over the past 5 weeks I have been cooking, styling and photographing over 100 pies for a cookbook that will be coming out in October (explains why the blog has been a little neglected lately). Yesterday we wrapped our final day of shooting and to celebrate I made the team breakfast.
Here's what I'm loving this week!
Valentine's Day is tomorrow! What are you doing with your significant other for dinner? While it seems like most people like to go out on Valentine's night—I always like to stay in and make a special dinner for my sweetie. There is nothing more romantic than dinner and a bottle of wine at home by the fireplace. Skip the hoopla of a crowded restaurant on a greeting card holiday and make a fresh, healthy meal that tastes as good as it feels special.
I had such a great time at City Farmhouse's Barn Sale back in October (read all about it here) that when I heard they were doing a Pop-Up Show at this weekend's Vintage Marketplace, I starred it on my calendar.
All my time lately is spent making and photographing pies. I'm on number 33 out of 100 for a cookbook I'm shooting but I am still out and about making things happen! Here are some of my favorite things this week:
East Nashville has become one of Music City's trendiest neighborhoods. Growing up in the Nashville area, I don't ever remember heading over the river into East Nashville and even now when I go I am still unaware of connecting streets. There are a handful of local businesses there now though that are definitely worth the drive. Here are a couple of my absolute favorite East Nashville haunts.
Here's what I'm crazy about this week!
On the eleventh day of the "12 Days of Christmas," I envision "11 pipers piping" French macaroons. What else would they be piping!?