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Embracing Tradition

Embracing Tradition

There is beauty and joy to be found in traditions - especially ones centered around food and family. These traditions often establish a foundation for how and what we eat. For many of us, it's how we pay homage to our parents, grandparents, or other friends and family members. For me, there are pretty strong memories associated with my family’s food traditions. Memories as simple as sitting on the back porch snapping beans or shucking corn. When you are younger and all the adults are doing most of the work, you just sit there and listen. Listen to the stories...

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"Life itself is the proper binge..."-Julia Child

"Life itself is the proper binge..."-Julia Child

I’ve been fascinated with the amazing Julia Child since I was a young girl watching her numerous television shows on PBS. Not only was she entertaining in a relaxed and down-to-earth way, she also knew how to get people excited about cooking. She didn’t preach to her audience. She talked directly to us and showed us that cooking with fresh ingredients made all the difference in the taste of food. Her food philosophy is just as relevant today as it was in the 1960s. She had larger than life personality and a unique authenticity surrounding her when she talked about, demonstrated,...

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In Search of the Perfect Biscuit

In Search of the Perfect Biscuit

My grandma could whip up a batch of biscuits in seconds flat. Five people for breakfast...not a problem. Twenty people...piece of cake. The only difference between these two scenarios was the amount of flour she’d pile on the counter and the amount of lard she’d use. It was mesmerizing watching her work that lard into the flour. She’d stop every now and then to stir something on the stove and then go right back to working the dough. Never missed a beat. Then she’d pour some milk into it and mix away. A little more flour to keep it from...

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Ketchup Alternative

Ketchup Alternative

I’ve had lots of people ask me about our Tomato and Spicy Tomato honey jellies. At first glance, it seems like a weird pairing. But, bear with me for a bit. We, as a culture, eat a lot of ketchup. It’s one of America’s favorite condiments. It’s a must on a burger. French fries just aren’t as good without it. What about on that hot dog you just gotta eat at a baseball game? Meatloaf without a topping of ketchup is, well, just wrong. Agreeing with me so far? Now, go into your refrigerator and check out the ingredients label...

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Tomato Arts Fest

Tomato Arts Fest

My good friend and neighbor Kelli invited me to share her tent space at the 2016 Tomato Arts Fest in East Nashville, TN. If you haven't heard of or attended this one-day event, it is a fantastic community-oriented day of tomatoes, art, and music. The day started slow and I was getting nervous. The tasting party went amazingly well. I got great feedback but... Then, much to my delight, customers started stopping by, asking questions, taking a taste and...you guessed it...buying them. That's right. Strangers liked our jellies. I was making money for something that I loved and believed in....

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