Southern Summer Salad
(Bacon + Strawberries = Heaven)

Do you feel it? The sun's a little brighter, the days are a little longer, and -- Oh boy! -- there's a tropical storm brewing near Florida. Yep, summer must be here. I know it's a welcomed season in the colder parts of the world, but I (along with many other Sunshine State natives, I suspect) greet summer with a begrudging moan and a series of important life questions, such as: Can a human being actually melt like a popsicle? How little clothing can I wear in public without being indecent? Where is the closest pool and will its owner mind if I show up unannounced? Of … [Read more...]

Southern Stories & Spirits: Clay’s Quilt & Bourbon Squeeze

Book reviews are great, right? I love a good book recommendation, but you know what would make it even better? If it came attached to a scene-setting cocktail recipe. Summer is the perfect time for sipping something with a little kick while you toss off your shoes and slide into your favorite chair for some much-needed R&R (reading & relaxation, that is). So I thought I'd start sharing some of my favorite Southern stories and spirits -- the best of both worlds, if you will. First up in the new recurring feature is Clay's Quilt by Silas House paired with a little piece of … [Read more...]

Lemon, Sugar, and Steel

Food is a powerful thing, y'all. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you probably didn't have the good fortune to grow up in the South. Down here, families orbit around the table (at least three times a day). It is where congratulations are offered, tears are shed, holidays are celebrated, and memories are shared. It's also where traditions are born. Every year, on (or in close proximity to) May 6th, I bake a lemon dessert. For a long while, the dessert of choice was a lemon cake -- iced and topped with candles to celebrate my Grandma Grace's birthday. We lit the candles and she … [Read more...]