I grew up in the deep south in a family of fun loving, passionate cooks. Now I am one.

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  • Location: North Carolina Mountains
  • Favorite foods: In the winter, soup, and good crusty bread. In summer, salads and delicious sandwiches. For sweets, cookies please.
  • Last bite on earth: The Southern Summer Vegetable Plate of my childhood, with hot buttered cornbread, and sliced, ripe tomatoes.

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Manner Matters: Bread and Butter Basics

Dishes, no you don't salt and pepper each bite before eating, but hopefully you don't bring the whole plate of food to your mouth?

Molly is correct. And I for one am thrilled to see the subject of etiquette discussed.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Love For Legumes

Beans are probably my favorite food. So versatile, healthful, affordable, and delicious. I have beans on my list of things to cook this week, just not this weekend. I do look forward to the roundup on Wednesday so I can see what others are making.

12 of Our Favorite Food Movies

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Breakfast For Dinner

I am not a breakfast eater, but I love breakfast food. I make breakfast for dinner on a regular basis. I enjoy cooking it more in the evening; I can relax and enjoy it because we are not on schedules.

Cardamom Scented Porridge with Poached Prunes

This sounds so delicious. Too late for this weekend, but I think I might make it for supper one night this week!

Why do the raisins in my wife's cornbread sink to the bottom?

I have never, ever, heard of adding raisins to cornbread but I am so intrigued. Like others, I would suggest tossing them with flour or cornmeal.

Weekend Cook and Tell: $5 and Under

With the bone from my Easter ham and a $2 bag of dried navy beans, I made a pot of Senate Bean Soup.

Cook the Book: 'Ripe'

Carrots. Others on my top 10: collard greens, fresh lima beans, green beans, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, okra, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

Overused food descriptions.

Huge. As in, I'm a huge chocolate fan. I'm a huge lover of corn. My aunt was a huge jam maker. I recently saw a blogger say, "I am a huge pumpkin freak".

Have you ever lost your cooking mojo?

I have been cooking for many years and have certainly had my share of failures in the kitchen. And yes, they are discouraging! Whenever I get into a slump, I like to check out new and different food stores and markets. Better yet, I ask my husband to please do some food shopping. He is always a good sport and this does the trick for me. He always brings home the most beautiful and inspiring foods. Plus I don't have to go through that tired old, "what do you want for dinner"/"I don't care" conversation.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Waste Not, Want Not

I plan ahead for leftovers. I love having homemade food to take for lunches at work and also reinventing them for another dinner. I recently used some take-out smoked, pulled pork, to season and flavor a Crock Pot of black beans, with delicious results.

Cooking Injuries?

Calling all cooks! Get yourself some "advanced healing" bandaids, they are amazing, as I learned when I sliced off a large portion of my thumb pad on a mandoline. They stop pain; they are amazingly flexible to fit over and around various hand and finger parts. You can leave them on for a couple of days (protect them with finger cot). And the healing process is accelerated. They are also recommended for burns, but I haven't had to use them for that--yet.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Battalion of Beets

I love beets too. Over the weekend, I made one of our fall favorites--Beets in Citrus Sauce.

What is the most thoughtful food gift you've received?

Last Christmas, my Brother gifted me with subscriptions to 3 different food magazines. I'm still loving the food every month!

Secret recipes: yay or nay?

A friend once asked for a recipe which I happily shared. Later, my husband and I were invited to her home for dinner. She served my recipe. Yes I do believe in sharing recipes, but I thought that was a little weird. She even told me how she made it like it was her own creation. She did a good job and we were served something we enjoyed, so, so what?

Weekend Cook and Tell: No-Cook Cookery

I made a salad with baby romaine lettuce, fresh cherries, and homemade blue cheese dressing.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Pizza at Your Place

I tried 2 times to add my comment about the pizza I made, but it never showed up.

Easter Dinner: Traditional or Something Different?

Not traditional. I am making fish tacos for two, with a pineapple and mango salsa and homemade tortillas. I decided the fruit sounded like spring and there is something satisfyingly biblical about serving fish.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Those cheeks look like they are full of sweet ambrosia. The dog is cute too.

Easy Fast Dinner Recipe.

An omelet. Or if need be, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.