The LUX

Knock knock knock. Gentleman Caller. Sometimes there are things so sublime you must accept them as they are. You mustn’t tinker too much with them. Kobe beef. Gucci loafers. Stevie Wonder songs. Luxardo cherries. In 1817 Maria Cavenari and her husband moved to Croatia and began perfecting the “rosolio maraschino”. The emperor of Austria took … Read moreThe LUX

Texas Pesto

Knock knock knock. Gentleman Caller. As summer wanes and fall begins my basil bushes are saying farewell. Which means I have to seize the opportunity to make and put away some pesto or be sad about the lack of basil later in the winter. Now you know I am not going to just sling together … Read moreTexas Pesto

Old Fashioned Green Beans

Knock knock knock. Gentleman Caller. Green beans are one of those things people don’t think about. As a child they came from a can or the garden and were just there. As an adult they are a side dish that offers me comfort for their familiarity. A few years ago, at a family reunion, my … Read moreOld Fashioned Green Beans

Tomato Basil Soup Lightened Up Southern Style

Knock knock knock. Gentleman Caller. I planted some basil plants (7 or 8 of different varieties to be exact) and weather conditions have been so sunny and so rainy that the things basically took over everything. I LOVE fresh basil but lord knows I have been straining my little brain to come up with ideas … Read moreTomato Basil Soup Lightened Up Southern Style

Granny’s Lemon Cake A Modernized Mid Century Throwback Favorite

Knock knock knock. Gentleman Caller. Hello, lovelies. Lately I have found myself pouring over boxes of recipes my sweet little Granny has collected over the past several decades and reminiscing… thinking back on family gatherings, special times, and favorite dishes my Granny used to make. Now as I have said before, my grandmothers were excellent … Read moreGranny’s Lemon Cake A Modernized Mid Century Throwback Favorite