Benne Bits

Benne Bits Recipe adapted from my friend Lind Vaughan’s version of Benne Bits. Serves: 8 Prep time: 40 minutes, including 20 minutes for roasting seeds, plus 15-25 minutes to bake, depending upon size of crackers

Derby Day Cocktail and Benne Bits on

Derby Day Cocktail

You don’t need a reason to have friends over for drinks on a Saturday afternoon, but the Kentucky Derby is one of those light-hearted, easy pleasures – usually on a beautiful sunny day – that just begs to be celebrated. There’s a little something for everyone – the horses, the hats, the whole spectacle of juleps and courtly southern manners – that’s worth tuning into for an hour or so with some good company. I wouldn’t bother with a julep […]

Spring Beauties on

Spring Beauties

There’s a delicate pink wildflower called spring beauty, which I used to search for after school while playing in the woods of our farm. I hadn’t seen one in decades, and then yesterday, while walking the dogs in Dumbarton Oaks Park, I was amazed to find a range of them thriving underneath a stand of beech trees. It brought back memories of other spring wildflowers – May apples, dogtooth lilies, wild violets and Jack-in-the-pulpits – tucked into hidden spots beside […]