Photographs of Beautiful Lavender Farms, + Pretty Lavender Cookies


This summer I spent a glorious five days in Washington State visiting and taking photographs at lavender farms. (And learning more about my favorite herb, of course.) As you can see from the lavender images here, this perennial herb grows amazingly well there and the scenery was spectacular. Each lavender farm my husband and I…

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Delish Dilled Carrot-Cauliflower Salad–Healthy Step-Up from Potato or Pasta Salads


I bet I know what you’ll be serving along with your grilled steak, burgers or seafood this Labor Day holiday. The same potato or pasta salads you always serve! Now I’m not suggesting scratching these off the menu entirely. They are classics for a reason. But for those who are dieting, or gluten-free, or are…

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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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