The Art of Noticing & A Wild Cherry Spritzer

For three years now I’ve been walking the dog on the same path through the woods.

For three years we have walked through a litter of leaf and pine-straw, the seasons melting together like butter; the chorus of frogs in summer, the hushed early-darkness of winter.

And for three years I haven’t really noticed the woods, not [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Front Porch Iced Tea for One

Technically, it’s not yet summer.

But in North Carolina and other points southward that’s just a calendar quirk, a mere technicality.

The cicadas are out, the daylilies blooming, the zucchinis inching longer by the minute.

And mid-afternoons are a sweat-swooning, heat-blistering, skin-burning event.

There is only one remedy for these types of Southern summer afternoons: iced tea.