Recipes and Stories

1 November 2017: Of Writers’ Block and Bourbon Apple Cobbler

November 1, 2017

Tags: Classic American Cooking, Classic Southern Cooking, Apple Cobbler, Bourbon Apple Cobbler, Apple Pie, Apples, Bourbon, Cinnamon

Bourbon Apple Cobbler
Any writer will tell you that there’s nothing to equal the exhilarating feeling that comes with finishing a piece of writing. Whether it’s a whole book, a magazine article, or just a short essay like this, it’s like winning a door prize, finally being let out of jail, and reaching the top of an impossible mountain climb or finish line of a marathon, all at once.

But then. What immediately follows is an awful, restless sense of “what now?” It’s almost like being abandoned. That piece of writing has been your sole life’s purpose for days, months, sometimes years. And now it’s finished . . . with nothing to take its place. It’s not quite like writer’s block, but sometimes it feels worse. (more…)

26 September 2013: A French Apple Tart

September 26, 2013

Tags: Autumnal Cooking, Apple Pie, French Apple Tart, Julia Child

A Free-Form Apple Tart is a simple pastry to master, but it never fails to impress.
For those on my Facebook author’s page who asked for the recipe, here’s the free-form apple tart that’s pictured there. This was the first apple pie I ever made after I was grown and had my own kitchen. It’s from the first Julia Child cookbook I owned, From Julia Child’s Kitchen (1975), and it has been my standard apple pie ever since. (more…)

18 October 2012: Apple Pie Season

October 19, 2012

Tags: Apple Pie, Apple Tart, Historical American Cooking, Historical Southern Cooking, Damon Lee Fowler's New Southern Kitchen

Gingered Apple Tart with Shortbread Crust, photographed by Timothy Hall
Surely one of the best fragrances of autumn is the heady aroma of the season’s first juicy, ripe apples baking in a pie. For many Americans, it’s the quintessential aroma of the season—the subtle smell of falling leaves and of toasting pecans, roasting turkey, and mulled cider all rolled into one. (more…)