Archive for the ‘Recipes’ Category

A Summer Vegetable Supper from the Farmers Market

August 12th, 2013 | Blog, Recipes | 7 Comments

Produce from Peter's Pumpkins and Carmen's Corn stand at the Fulton Farmer's Market

Produce from Peter’s Pumpkins and Carmen’s Corn stand at the Fulton Farmer’s Market

Usually when it’s hot and humid in Minnesota in August, I wallow in nostalgia for my South Carolina upbringing–which leads me to cook some Southern something like fried chicken or peach pie, and post the recipe.

But this August (at least right now, knock wood) Minnesota is at its finest–sunny days in the seventies, with low dew points, and great sleeping weather in the fifties. Instead of my thoughts roaming to the past, they’re sticking right here. It would never feel this good in August in South … Read More

A Publication Reading, an ebook Giveaway, and a Recipe for Whip Cream Pound Cake

February 17th, 2013 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, Recipes, Self Publishing | 5 Comments

TATYQ_Alden_Front121412This is a big week for me!

I’m having the publication reading for The Answer to Your Question on the 20th at Subtext Bookstore in St. Paul, 7:00, downstairs from Nina’s Coffee Café, at the corner of Western and Selby.  I would be delighted to see you!

But I’m fretting about where you’ll park.  Aren’t the streets and sidewalks AWFUL!  Please don’t fall.  I’d feel like killing myself if you did.

I hope you can park in the lot on the west side of the Blair Arcade Buildings.  Come in the west door and pass through the 1970s west building … Read More

Aunt Grace’s Easy Peach Pie

August 2nd, 2012 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, Recipes | 5 Comments


The Perfection of Peaches

The Perfection of Peaches

Around this time of the summer—early August, when I hear the crickets or whatever they are out there chirping away in the dark–I am struck with nostalgia for the South, or more particularly, my Southern childhood.  What we heard at home at night, lying in the Pawley’s Island hammock on the big screen porch at the cabin near Table Rock State Park, in Upper South Carolina, were katydids.  Deafening, probably in the 90 decibel range, not like these wimpy crickets around here.  And we had abundant lightning bugs, which I don’t see anymore.  Maybe we’re Read More

The Sweetness of Chess Pie

November 27th, 2011 | Blog, David Bates, Musings/Reminiscences, Recipes | 5 Comments


Chess Pie

Chess Pie

I have every intention of having this blog be about books and writing, but sometimes I stray.  Today is one of those days, because I want to give you my recipe for Chess Pie.

Chess Pie is an old Southern recipe.  My South Carolina father loved a chess pie, untouched as he was by any health food considerations.  He lived in an era before cholesterol, or at least before we knew the word, and he died at home at 87 of a heart attack.  A good way to go.   My main memory of chess pie was when … Read More

End of Summer

August 15th, 2011 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, Recipes | 2 Comments

"Southern Summer" by Diana Fields

“Southern Summer” by Diane Fields

I got the desire to fry a chicken.  It was mid-August in Minnesota and the crickets reminded me of katydids on summer nights when I was growing up in South Carolina.  All those summer evenings of my youth I’d lie in the dark in the Pawley’s Island hammock on the screen porch of our cabin at Table Rock, surrounded by that loud, strange, reassuring sound.  I felt a deep longing as intense as an itch that must be scratched.  What to do, what to do?  The only thing I could come up with was to Read More