Dress Up Your Grits

Andy was born and raised in New Jersey.  Not that I hold that against him, but.  You know how southerners are.  I can forgive it but I can’t forget it.

Even though he’s lived down here for 20 years and has, for the most part, acclimated, there are still certain words he says that are endearingly [...]

Garlic Scapes: 3 Ways to Enjoy Them

Here is a thing that usually happens in my garden: I plant garlic in the late fall/early winter when I finally remember to get around to it, and when there is absolutely nothing else to do. Then I completely forget about it for a good six months and then, about this time [...]

Bacon Fat Buttermilk Biscuits

In the back of my refrigerator there is a glass jar.  Originally this jar held a fancy mustard but now it’s filled with bacon fat, layered like strata in a canyon, the bottom of each layer dark with motes of burnt meat. It is, in its own way, a geologic history of our kitchen—at the [...]

Andy’s Breakfast (or Anytime) Cookies

Several years ago, Andy’s workday looked like this: Teach from 8 to 3:30. Bring a turkey sandwich (2 slices turkey, mustard, whole-wheat bread) and an apple for lunch. Get home by 4. Walk the dog. Prep for next class. Eat something, but not too much that it will make you [...]

Apple Pie Shake Recipe

I only recently stumbled across the idea of putting oatmeal into smoothies and I have to say, it totally blew my mind.  Adding a whole grain?  To a drink?  It’s more delicious than it sounds.

The first time I made this, I found out (the hard way) that my blender wasn’t quite up to the task [...]

Buttermilk Banana Shakes

Look, I know buttermilk is sort of having a ‘foodie moment’ right now, that it might be the pork belly of 2012.  There are these buttermilk shakes; the blueberry buttermilk shakes on special at Duck Fat; buttermilk banana bread; a new cookbook devoted entirely to buttermilk; and, of course, buttermilk biscuits which are no passing [...]

The Best Waffles in The World

Look, I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking that whenever someone proclaims that something is the “best” in the “world” it can mean only one of three things: 1) Someone is trying to sell you something; 2) Someone was too lazy to open a thesaurus; or 3) You’re reading Woman’s Day in the checkout lane.

But [...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

If you have known me for any length of time, odds are I’ve regaled you with the story of the chocolate shake.  At least once, probably twice.

For those of you who’ve forgotten the regaling, or whom I’ve forgotten to regale, lucky you!  Today’s your day to be regaled.

My senior year in college I drove to [...]

Andy’s No-Cook Oats Recipe

It’s getting to be that time of year when hot breakfasts become—to me at least—sickening.  The blast of heat and humidity that sucker-punches you in the gut when you walk out the door—even though it’s not even 8 a.m. yet.

Hello, summer.

It’s mornings like these—when the humidity makes it feel like 85° and I can’t even [...]

Lazy Sunday French Toast with Banana-Walnut Compote

We use the fancy china on Lazy Sunday.

I’m not going to try to tell you that this is the best French Toast recipe in the world and you should drop everything to go cook it.

I’m not.

Because honestly I don’t think there is a ‘best French toast recipe.’  To me, all French toast is, well, [...]