Beans on Toast for Two

featuredThis is an inexpensive intimate meal. Something to have when you don’t want any fuss, to eat while reading a good book on a blustery day. Usually the beans are from a can, the toast a garden variety wheat or white from a plastic bag. But Tomatero farms had some beautiful Tongue of Fire beans for sale at the last farmers market and I couldn’t resist. Fresh beans are faster and easier to cook than dried beans, so though this is more complicated than opening a can, it’s not that bad. Why for two? Because this is a garlicky dish that should be eaten by those who share a space, otherwise you might find yourself on the couch until the vapors clear. Continue reading

Breakfast Brunch Parfaits

featured-2 The inspiration for this post was my friend Cass. We were gabbing on the phone–yes, youngsters, people still do that–one Sunday night and he said he had to go make his parfaits for the week. Not a common remark. He’s very health conscious and likes to make sure he has more than a carbo blast bagel or pastry fly-by ready to go when the morning rush makes it hard to stop and assemble something healthy. Anyway, he got me dreaming about thick Greek yogurt, fresh fruit in season, and a sprinkling of homemade granola. Continue reading

The 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off… and me


I think it was shortly after the holidays last year, after spending more time than ever in the kitchen, I started thinking I might enter some cooking competitions. Around that time, the Pillsbury Bake-Off deadline was coming into view, so I entered, and here we are. I’m honored to be 1 of 100 finalists competing in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-off, to be held in Nashville on November 3rd. Continue reading