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Award-Winning Lemon Chess Pie

Award-Winning Lemon Chess Pie

This delicious lemon chess pie is the perfect coda to a spring luncheon or a heavy winter dinner.
Year-Round Tomato Tart

Year-Round Tomato Tart

Make this tomato tart in any season!
Lemon Lover’s Tart

Lemon Lover’s Tart

My favorite yearly staple is a Meyer lemon tart I’ve been cooking for years from Patricia Wells’ divine cookbook, At Home in Provence, where she shares recipes inspired by her country farmhouse in Southern France. 

Mary Mack's Squash Casserole

Mary Mack's Squash Casserole

No matter how many times I serve this on my screened porch in Sewanee or even at a more formal dinner with sliced tenderloin (on which occasion I might call it a gratin), I’ve never known this recipe to fail. And I’ve never known people not to ask for seconds. I hope you’ll enjoy incorporating it into your summer repertoire. It’s a sure thing.
Easter Brunch Perfection: Mock Cheese Soufflé

Easter Brunch Perfection: Mock Cheese Soufflé

Easter lunch is always one of my favorite meals of the year. There’s nothing more joyful than gathering the last of the daffodils from the yard and arranging them with Lenten rose and other tender spring blooms on a table festooned with bunnies and eggs and the collected memories of Easters past. And a menu of spring lamb, fresh asparagus and various lemony and other sugary desserts feels like one more way to welcome in spring.
Red, White & Blueberry Crisp

Red, White & Blueberry Crisp

My mother is a master cobbler-maker and can turn just about any summer fruit into a heavenly combination of sucré and salé - sweet and salty (and tart) - that elevates the palate and, as my late stepfather used to say, causes the eyes to roll back in the head in ecstasy. Even Julia, not one to give up culinary compliments freely, honored Mama by including her blackberry cobbler recipe in Julia Reed's South, a badge of honor Mama wears proudly.
Black Eyed Peas & Cornbread

Black Eyed Peas & Cornbread

Usher in the New Year with black eyed peas for good luck...and this cornbread for the simple fact that it's delicious!
Autumn Sunday Lunch at Brookside

Autumn Sunday Lunch at Brookside

Of the many gifts Julia gave me during our long friendship, one of the very best was an introduction to Libby and Ben, two of the most talented people I've ever known. Like so many of the folks Julia brought into our lives, Libby and Ben have become the dearest of friends to Jon and me. That doesn't mean we aren't a little bit in awe of their prodigious talents. They can both do anything. Capable doesn't begin to describe it.
Julia's Cocktail Concoctions

Julia's Cocktail Concoctions

During these past several weeks, we've had Zoom cocktails, solo cocktails, socially distant cocktails. Below, Julia has concocted some of her favorites -- for now and later -- in our handsome Reed Smythe & Company glasses.

Julia's Milk Punch

Julia's Milk Punch

I adore a properly made Bloody Mary and I would not turn down a refreshing screwdriver, but there is no better hangover cure on earth than a milk punch. Addictively tasty and immediately restorative, it is a staple in bars and restaurants that understand such things (Galatoire's offers up an especially good one, as does Commander's Palace), and de rigueur at daytime Mardi Gras gatherings.
Fourth of July Sangria

Fourth of July Sangria

Which means that this year I’ll kick off my Independence Day celebration with a pitcher or two of sangria.
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