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Fried Green Tomatoes

Several years ago I took a rambling tour of the Low Country, promenading through Savannah’s gracious moss-draped oaks and Charleston’s honeysuckle-scented gardens. I remember two things best about that trip: that my boyfriend asked me to marry him by the … Continue reading

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Chocolate Pudding

This time of year, dessert at my house doesn’t amount to much more than a bowlful of strawberries or slices of stonefruit. Maybe I’ll add a dollop of cream or some sandy (likely storebought) cookies on the side, but why … Continue reading

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Berry Cobbler

For something like 40 years, my grandparents hosted a neighborhood barbecue on the Fourth of July. The party was a multi-generational affair, with gangs of little kids running around, and my father or an uncle manning the grill. There’d be … Continue reading

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Green Goddess Dressing

Invented at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel in 1923, in homage to a hit play of the same name, Green Goddess dressing also gets its name from its smiley-happy shade of celadon green, flecked with chives and parsley. Local food columnist … Continue reading

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Mint Juleps

I love the summer Olympics. I’ve been known to enjoy the game of baseball. But as far as sporting events go, nothing gets a higher grade from me than the Kentucky Derby. It’s thrillingly paced, for one.  Then there’s the … Continue reading

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Mustard-Rosemary Rack of Lamb

Once upon a time, I was a vegetarian (see above photo: oh, how far we’ve come). Though I didn’t miss the meat as much as you might expect, I had occasional (stabbing, ravenous) guilty-pleasure cravings. Every vegetarian misses bacon, but … Continue reading

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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Forty cloves of garlic in one recipe sounds highly improbable, a foolhardy experiment in the manner of chili pepper eating contests and bacon ice cream. But I have lived to tell the tale, friends, and I can tell you that … Continue reading

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Artichoke & Prosciutto Antipasto

Growing up in Virginia, spring’s arrival was heralded by blooming dogwood trees, several appearances of my mother’s asparagus with hard-cooked egg and my favorite steamed artichokes, their leaves dipped in dishes of warm melted butter and scraped against bottom teeth. … Continue reading

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Classic Brownies

Brownies can be baked in a million variations, and I think I may have met them all: cakey, fudgey, frosted, out of a box, made from scratch, some with nuts, some without. Caramel-swirled, cherry-studded, creme de menthed and cheesecaked. But … Continue reading

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Apple Spice Cake

I have the nicest neighbors here in San Francisco. (Think city folk are all surly, suspicious types who hack out lonely existences in an over-stimulated sea of crime and cruel anonymity? Just not the case, in my experience.) These are … Continue reading

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