Recipes and Stories

22 January 2016 Lazy Day Beef Stew

January 22, 2016

Tags: Beef Stew, Southern Cooking, Winter Cooking

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22 January 2016 Lazy Day Beef Stew

Blustery winter days like this one, when so much of the eastern seaboard is blanketed with snow, just call for a hearty stew that can fill the house with wonderful smells and fill those in the house with warmth and contentment. I published this stew last fall in a Savannah Morning News story, but it’s ideal for a lazy winter day and really does live up to its name, since there’s no browning and everything is mixed together all at once in the pot in which it cooks; the extra-low simmer makes it possible to add all the vegetables at once. Best of all, it can be made in the slow cooker or the oven. (more…)

12 January 2016: Sherried Grapefruit

January 12, 2016

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Florida Citrus, Grapefruit, Sherried Grapefruit, Winter Cooking

Sherried Grapefruit is old-fashioned elegance in a cup
For those of us who are a certain age, one of the most fragrant memories of Christmas during our childhood was the fat orange that bulged the toe of our Christmas stocking. To this day, the bright, pungent aroma that’s released when an orange is peeled whispers of all the good things about my Christmases past.

Frozen juice and year-round imports have dulled our appreciation for the seasonality of citrus fruit, and today’s children would probably feel cheated to find an orange in their stockings. (more…)