When I started out as a newlywed cook 35 years ago, I wondered at my maternal grandmother’s advice to add a little of this and a little of that. Craving her chocolate meringue pie one day, I called and asked her how to make it. She estimated the measurements for me the best she could. Her expertise in how much of each ingredient went into each recipe gave her an ability that I had not yet accomplished. Things have changed – at least with vegetables. When deciding on which vegetables to stir fry, I open the refrigerator and grab whatever I have on hand. IfRead More →

Have you ever had purple hull peas and Chow-Chow? It’s a southern thing. Chow chow is another term for relish and is made different ways. One of my grandmothers made it with ripe tomatoes, and the other grandmother made it with green tomatoes. I learned how to shell purple hulls at a young age. My parents often had a garden, and both of my grandmothers always had one. When it came time for pea-shelling, the whole family helped out. Since I have committed myself to a 21-day detox program of mainly vegetables and fruit, I’ve created recipes that I would have never considered before. LikeRead More →