3 Step Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

It finally happened. After 5 blissful months, the season of watermelon is over. Almost every Saturday I’ve been going to Soda City Farmers Market to buy a watermelon. Though they should have lasted all week, I frequently finished my summer treat by Tuesday morning. This week though, there were no watermelons available. Instead, hard squashes…

The No Recipe, Spring Flavor Combo

I don’t think many recipe developers talk about work that goes into transitioning from a creative idea to a delicious meal to a successful recipe that people can recreate over and over again. We can practice and tweak a recipe, call friends to taste test but at the end of the day, each person who…

Less waste, more soup: how to make something out of nothing

I mentioned in my review on 2017 that I’d be setting smaller monthly goals and intentions instead of the usual oppressive new year’s resolutions. We are already well into January, and I definitely waited this long to write this post to make sure that this whole thing would actually stick. I set 4 fairly vague…

365 Days Later: A look at 2017

There is nothing quite so humbling as looking back at your new year’s resolutions. We make these blanket assumptions about what we think we can accomplish in a year, and at least in my experience, we end up in in the same mental space 365 days later, even if life has taken a 180 degree…

NOJF 2017

Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? Sitting below the statue of Louis Armstrong in his namesake park listening to one of many concerts that I attended during my first Heritage Jazz Festival, I knew that even before leaving New Orleans, I was already missing it. The historic buildings, the people, the…

Food Blogger Life Update: Back to School

Hello! That was weird…I don’t usually start posts with a “hello”, but this isn’t my typical *recipe/food thoughts* kind of post. Today I’m sharing a little life update: Summer has always been my favorite season. The slower pace that comes with southern heat feels like home to me. While this summer was certainly a fun…

Simple + Seasonal: Mini Stone Fruit Galette

Sunset colored fruits fill a flaky pie crust to make this rustic, free-form pastry. As seen in my recent Columbia Metropolitan Magazine article, galette is usually a larger dish, similar to a pie or tart. It turns out that this pastry might be even better as a personal-sized dessert. They are easy to prepare and…

Southern Slice: Peach Flatbread on the Grill

Usually this is the time of year that I wonder what to do with the buckets of peaches I’ve bought. As any farmer at the Soda City Farmers Market here in Columbia will tell you, the situation in 2017 is a little different. Unexpected weather knocked out a lot of the peach crop this year…

Grilled Watermelon

With July 4th celebrations across the country our days are filled with the hot sun driving us into cool waters and fireworks lighting up the sky. Despite the peak summer heat, we head out to the grill and quickly cook food to feed whatever crowd has assembled in the backyard. This week is full of…

Seasonal + Simple: Strawberries

The earth reflects each new season beautifully with fresh produce. With harsh winters come resilient squash and burrowing root vegetables, with spring come floral flavors and soft textures, and so on with each passing month. Eating in season prepares me for the changing weather and activities, but this practice also allows us to take care of…

Cheese Sticks and Road Trips

It is finally spring time, which means road trip season. Sure, road trips are permitted and even necessary in other seasons, but being able to roll down the windows and embrace the sunshine is much sweeter. I’ve found recently that the freedom that comes with being in my 20s is accompanied by the pressure of life…