Fresh Peach Cobbler–Old-Fashioned Ozark-Style


I met Jean Jennings, the remarkable Arkansas woman who created this delectable peach cobbler recipe, on a sultry September afternoon in 2003.  I was traveling around the country collecting heritage recipes for my All-American Dessert Cookbook, and when I visited the Ozarks Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas, people kept mentioning her name. She had…

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Pan-Grilled Baby Vegetables–Avoid Ratatouille Fatigue


It’s the season when those of us who garden or haunt farmers’ markets are worn out from trying to use up the onslaught of fresh vegetables,  from zukes, yellow squash, peppers, eggplants, and herbs. The seemingly endless bounty is far too glorious to resist, but can become daunting to dispatch. No matter how lush, healthful…

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Raspberry-Peach Freezer Jam-Less Sugar, Better Taste, Quicker


With raspberries and local peaches in season now, I had to pair up this classic delectable duo and ready a batch of  wonderfully full-flavored, zesty, easy jam. Not just any jam, but a raspberry peach freezer jam. Yes, this kind of jam is stored in the freezer instead of on the pantry shelf. Freezer jams…

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