Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm BarnI have been blessed with some rather intoxicating travel opportunities in the last few years and now that I take a moment to consider them as a whole, I see that few were of my own making and that I live in a mode of perpetual gratitude for my luck in family and good taste in friends. My mother turned 70 years old last week, which is surprising enough…because she doesn’t seem 70 and because having a 70 year old mother says more than I want to hear about the stunning vortex that is adulthood where years fly by you as though the universe is pitching 100 mph fast balls to see how many of the years you will hit out of the park, how many will be nice safe ground balls, and how many you will swing hard on and miss.

In this analogy, the celebration of this maternal milestone counts as a grand slam. We don’t typically do family vacations as we are all running in so many interesting directions…we all fend for ourselves and briefly gather when we can for laughs and that refueling that you only get from being with your very own people. But for this, she gathered us all up and took us to Tennessee so that we could be together, kids running free and fast, adults engaging in utter gluttony and comfort at one of her favorite spots on the planet, Blackberry Farm.

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Blackberry Farm Barn

Blackberry Farm

I have been blessed with some rather intoxicating travel opportunities in the last few years and now that I take a moment to consider them as a whole, I see that few were of my own making and that I live in a mode of perpetual gratitude for my luck in family and good taste… 

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Peach Toast Lead

Peach Toast

I’ve spent the last two weeks praying at the altar of the High Holy Church of Texas Peaches. They are everywhere I turn. First, my friend Lori who owns land on the Brazos River tracked down a bushel of peaches from a neighbor’s orchard. She put up umpteen jars of peach jam with Jan and… 

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Brown Sugar Ice Cream

Brown Sugar and Maple Ice Cream

My dad used to call it a “fortuitous concatenation of shadows.” He is a physician, so it is certainly a term of his art and he and his ilk took it to mean something very specific with regard to imaging technology and reading or interpreting x-rays. It trickled down into our home vernacular as something… 

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Make Ground Beef at Home

How to Grind Your Own Beef

Upon going to law school several decades ago, the world of ALL THE THINGS I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT was laid bare in front of me. Prior to that I thought I knew everything. I walked in feeling extremely knowledgeable and within a few short days I was confident only in the fact that I had… 

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Photo of piece of blueberry buckle

Blueberry Buckle

This is a buckle, not to be confused with a grunt, slump, crisp, cobbler or clafouti. The fruit is mixed into a cake batter and there is a crumble or crisp topping on top of the cake. It is not unlike a coffee cake. Definitions and traditions and monikers aside, it is simply marvelous. And… 

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Mayonnaise Biscuits with Marmalade

Mayonnaise Biscuits

If your first thought is “gross,” you are forgiven. But bear with me. I have periodically come across recipes for mayonnaise biscuits in little church cookbooks, or on hand written recipe cards and I have dismissed them as crazy talk. Why? Simple bias. My head thinks baking with mayonnaise is nuts. Yet, I’ve also seen… 

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