And then that moment of summer arrives when the green beans are piled so high at the markets, and being sold at such a low price, that you feel like you'd be a fool not to pick up a pound or two or five.
One time many years ago, I was riffling through my grandmother Ruth's box of handwritten recipe cards when I pulled up short at the sight of the title of this recipe for Cheese Sandwich Souffle.
When I was young and foolish in New York, I had a French boyfriend for a time who introduced me to rose wine and veal Milanese.
Here's a ridiculously simple summer dessert -- the happy marriage of blueberry pie and French toast with a little cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.
Green Goddess dressing was created at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, an opulent 19th century hotel noted for its celebrity chefs.
Traditional recipes seem to be part of a collective conscience of sorts, and eggplant caponata is no exception.
Farmers' market fans are accustomed to seeking out fresh tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, peas and peaches, but community markets often offer our palates an adventure outside the proverbial box as well.
As its name implies, the tenderloin is one of the most tender cuts of pork, and comes from the full loin.
Check out your grocery store right about now because I'll bet you'll find gorgeous tomatoes everywhere.
I am most definitely not a food or restaurant critic. And I'm not a professional food journalist. I do read a lot of food writing and understand that there is technique, talent and skill involved in it.
Long before I knew that the origin of breakfast tacos were a hotly debated topic, I was eating them and loving them.
This recipe for stone fruit almond upside-down cake works equally well using any kind of stone fruit or a mix of every kind of stone fruit, including plums, apricots, nectarines, peaches and plumcots.
Summer, summer, summer. The word is fat and round and breezy and rolls around nicely on the tongue. And we want our food to be breezy, too.
You know pretzels and have probably eaten them in many different forms, but do you know how they're made?
Occasionally, a seemingly small happenstance can lead to something quite special. In this case, a chance meeting over a jar of jam helped inspire a fine dining experience many might expect to more often find in New Orleans or Memphis than in the Golden Triangle.
On my last visit to the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market in Columbus I came home with okra, green beans, little potatoes, corn, peaches and delicious tomatoes.
Three Melon Soup, a real showstopper, is as much fun to look at as it is refreshing to eat.
One of the great, great, great (three times, that's how great it is) pleasures of summer is figuring out what to do with all that fruit that floods the markets.
Growing up in the Southwest, a tortilla was a thin flatbread used to wrap around grilled meat and make tacos.
Homemade ice cream and summer celebrations go together like fun and family. So with Independence Day around the corner, Fran Brown and her granddaughter, Kate Scott Gee, got in a pre-Fourth ice cream-making practice at Brown's home near the Mississippi University for Women campus.