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Ruby’s Smoky Okra & Tomato PreservesI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s fall, y’all. It’s cashmere and comfort. It’s long hikes on crunchy leaves and drives through the scenic routes where colors do, in fact, burst forth from the trees. It’s also the exiting of…
Food and DrinkJul 13, 2017

People have strong feelings about mushrooms -- mushrooms and cilantro. One might overhear a conversation about them and mistake the subject for politics or religion. There are words like "hate," "disgusting," and "adore." I happen to love them. The earthy, umami taste of mushrooms is something I crave. Some of my favorite ways to eat them are in…

Food and DrinkJun 8, 2017

My relationship with food is nothing like my relationship with people. They say that, if a person shows you who they are, believe them. It’s that age-old belief that you can’t change people -- so why try?Food is the polar opposite. Take Brussels sprouts, for instance. When you’re six years old and somebody gives you what tastes…

Food and DrinkMay 11, 2017

As I sit here typing, I am coming down from the inevitable sugar high that occurs when these bars are in my kitchen. I had two of them fresh out of the oven, because of course I did. And that was after I had several bites while kneading the butter in the mixture of flour, oats, and nuts.…

Food and DrinkApr 13, 2017

I think and talk a lot about the power of interpretation. When I left college to become a professional musician, one of the things I did to put food on the table was singing jingles and demos. With the jingles, I had to sell products -- anything from clothing to Taco Bell. If I didn't…

Food and DrinkMar 9, 2017

Tasting new foods with people I love accounts for many of my favorite memories. I think of baking a pie with my dear friend Shannon, after we were inspired by the "Pie-Maker" from a show called Pushing Daisies. It was filled with a white chocolate ganache, orange zest, macadamia nuts, and a drizzle of dark chocolate on top. It was delicious and whimsical.Before my…