Gazpacho!

Last night I made — well, put the finishing touches on — homemade gazpacho. This is a two-day recipe or, at the very least, one that takes a full day because you’ll want to combine all the ingredients and then let them sit before puréeing them in a food processor. But it’s worth the wait!

This recipe came from a cooking class that a friend and I attended at our local Mon Continue reading

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Slow down and take a breath

Sometimes, even when there’s a lot on your to-do list, you just have to slow down and take a breath and enjoy the world and life with those you love. This is what I did yesterday afternoon — a visit to one of our favorite Virginia wineries (Breaux), then back home for a light lakeside dinner at our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Bliss!

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Strawberry jam cupcakes

We spent a wonderful time late this afternoon celebrating the recent retirement of a wine blogger friend. I wanted to bring something a little out of the ordinary, so I made strawberry jam cupcakes. Jam cake is an old Appalachian favorite that my Appalachian grandmother would prepare using blackberry jam that she’d made herself. This past Christmas, one of my gifts was Victuals, Ronni Lundy’s marvelous book of folkways and recipes from the Appalachians, one of the richest foodways in the world.

 

And in it was a recipe for blackberry jam cake. For the party, I decided to Continue reading

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