The Simplicity of Soups

Growing up in the South, soup to me was a concoction made cream or cheese or both — broccoli & cheese soup, shrimp bisque, corn chowder. While a gumbo may have been less rich, it would take days to make (or so it seemed). That’s why I avoided making them when I got older — either […]

Simple Vegetable Risotto

What is risotto? Risotto is an Italian rice dish. I used to think risotto was horribly unhealthy because of its creamy consistency! But not all creamy sauces are created equally. In fact, this creamy sauce is created as the broth cooks the starchiness out of the  rice. You heard right. Most risottos are prepared by […]

Morel Mushrooms and Pasta

One of my favorite treats during this time of the year is morel mushrooms. Morels, with an earthy, nutty, steak-like flavor, are considered by many to be the king of mushrooms. They certainly are in our family! Morels have a sponge-like appearance and hunting them down can be quite challenging. According to Mother Earth News, […]

Don’t Eat French Fries

As a writer, I try to practice what I preach. After all, how much good would it be to dole out advice if I didn’t live by my words? But I am human, and I goof up. Pretty much every day. And last week I got caught. When I was having lunch with a publisher, […]

Put Recipes on a Diet: Shrimp ‘n Grits

This is the first, in a 4-part series, on how to put your favorite recipes on a diet, making them healthier and just as delicious in the process!   I’m about to head East in a few weeks to visit my mom in lovely Wilmington, North Carolina. I’m sure, upon a return to “God’s country,” […]