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Apple-Cinnamon Doughnuts

Our family (starting with Tim’s parents and maybe even before) holds hands and sings a prayer before dinner. (So consider yourself warned if you ever join us for dinner.) Perhaps the most beloved song is the one we call “Johnny Appleseed”. The tradition is that the youngest member of the …

Yeasted Cranberry-Pecan Pumpkin Loaves

“The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight…” -M.F.K. Fisher in The Art of Eating But what about the sound of good bread making? Yes, the sound, at least when it comes to these yeasted cranberry-pecan …

Butternut Squash Soup

I like to think of winter squash as the Aretha Franklins of the squash family – just looking for a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Summer squash, such as yellow crookneck, pattypan, and zucchini, get lots of love here in the South. Sadly, we often relegate winter varieties such as butternut, delicata, and …

Sweet Potato, Bacon, and Apple Hash

Growing up near Rocky Top, I always heard the sweet potato referred to as the “Big Orange” potato. While it may not be the official tuber of the Vols, I do think this savory combination of sweet potatoes, salty bacon, and tart apples would go a long way in closing …

Cranberry-Walnut Braid

No doubt about it, turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving feast. Following close on its heels (do turkeys have heels?) comes dressing. Farther down the hierachy of Thanksgiving essentials fall cranberries. However, this bread could change all that. Studded with cranberries and walnuts, scented with orange, and sporting a …

Bejeweled Pumpkin Risotto

Some things just go together. Like peanut butter and jelly. (Or is it peanut butter and chocolate?) Lately for me, it has been pumpkin and pomegranate, beginning with those cupcakes. Call this variation II on a theme.

Maple Ice Cream with Wet Nuts

When examining the graham cracker box the other day as we were making s’mores, the girls asked why they aren’t spelled “gram” crackers. We explained that things are often named after the person who invented or popularized them (in this case, by Sylvester Graham in 1829). Following this logic, Tim …