Food and Place: Lucilla and The Grey

The difference between good food and great food has a lot to do with its relationship with place.  Tonight we ate at Lucilla here in Tallahassee, and it was really good. I had the vegetable pot pie–a flavorful concoction of corn, squash, asparagus, tomatoes, field peas, shiitake, and scallions in a roasted shallot tomato veloutéContinue reading “Food and Place: Lucilla and The Grey”

Self-Reliance Week 2 and the Best Back-of-the-Box Homemade Muffins

Well, my overnight oats and cold brew coffee are working their light’s-out-in-the-fridge magic in preparation for Monday morning, and I have a few minutes to reflect on my first week of culinary self-reliance. I’ve been thrilled by the simple but deep satisfaction that comes from making my own food. I used to hate grocery shopping,Continue reading “Self-Reliance Week 2 and the Best Back-of-the-Box Homemade Muffins”

Make it Yourself: Starting My Home Cooking Journey

This week I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Like many Americans, I’ve spent my entire life on a weight loss “journey,” but the only times I’ve ever had any success have been those times when I truly take ownership of everything I eat and drink. This means planning meals and cookingContinue reading “Make it Yourself: Starting My Home Cooking Journey”

Lemon Cake in the Dark

Decided to try my hand at both baking and food photography tonight. The electricity went out at my house just as this cake was coming out of the oven. I melted the butter in the warm oven while zesting and juicing a lemon before mixing the whole thing with an unholy amount of powdered sugarContinue reading “Lemon Cake in the Dark”