Spider? I hardly know her

I don’t usually decorate for Halloween. I love Halloween, and I love holiday decorating, but Halloween decorating doesn’t really suit my style. When I decorate for a season, it’s to invite more beauty and sparkle into my home, not so I can pee my pants every time I walk into the living room and see a scarecrow standing there pretending …

Salty Duritos

Long live duritos, whatever they are

This is yet another story about jumping into unfamiliar foods without a plan or any way of knowing what the hell I’m doing. Don’t worry, though! It has a happy ending. It started last weekend, when our friend Njicki came to visit. John and I, as Atlantans, are tired of the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Cokeā€”or maybe only …

The Apex of My Laziness: Easy Garlic Chili Oil

When I make vegetables, I keep it simple: a drizzle of olive oil, minced garlic, sea salt, black pepper. That is all I want. That is all I will have. It’s fast. It’s tasty. It’s perfect for lazy people like me. But you mustn’t underestimate how truly lazy I am. If there were a way I could get that process …

Beans + Cornbread

Speckled Butterbeans and Cornbread: They Go Hand in Hand

Speckled butterbeans aren’t very pretty, but they’re packed with fiber and protein, and they taste good if you cook them with the right stuff. Cornbread is beautiful, but nothing about it is particularly nutritious. It tastes amazing all the time no matter what. The combination of speckled jalapeno butterbeans baked under a thick crust of sweet fluffy cornbread, served on …

Tiny Easter hats

Easter? Don’t worry, I’ll bring the hats

I was very excited to see John when he woke up this morning. “Good morning! Guess what!” I shouted. “What?” he muttered, groggy but intrigued. “You know how I wasn’t sure what to take over to Jenny’s for Easter dinner, because Zack and Jen are bringing wine, and my mom is in charge of dessert? Well! I figured out something …