Laura Bush’s Cheese Grits and Shrimp
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LAURA BUSH’S CHEESE GRITS AND SHRIMP

There’s a fascinating exhibit at the Bush Library in Dallas, called “First Ladies: Style of Influence” about the role first ladies have played behind the scenes and on the world stage throughout history. I recently spoke on a panel on that very subject at the Library, and wanted to pass along a recipe of Laura Bush’s, for spicy cheese grits with shrimp. This is a fabulous recipe, the best of the south, and a perfect mix of traditional and contemporary […]

Penne alla Vodka
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PENNE ALLA VODKA

There are plenty of ways to make this ultimate Italian comfort food, but this version is my favorite. It’s certainly the simplest! You can add grilled chicken to the recipe if you want it to be more substantial, but as written it’s the most deeply satisfying meal imaginable. My favorite time for penne alla vodka is when you’ve been traveling for a couple of days, skipping meals or eating granola bars for dinner – or worse, inhaling half the (stale) […]

Blackberry Lemon Pancakes
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LAZY SUNDAY BLACKBERRY LEMON PANCAKES

You know what makes good pancakes? Bisquick. There it is – the secret’s out. You don’t have to make pancakes from scratch every time – I mean, who doesn’t have other stuff to do on a Sunday morning, like sleep? I add things to the Bisquick pancake dough to elevate it a bit – in this case, fresh blackberries and a squeeze of lemon juice. The blackberries turn the dough slightly blue, which is pretty and fun, and the lemon […]

Oatmeal Cheddar Bread
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OATMEAL CHEDDAR BREAD

St. Paddy’s Day always makes me think of soda bread, though the oatmeal in this recipe gives this version a distinctly Scottish tone. It’s a cheesy bread, more like a moist oatcake held together by yeasty strings of cheese, and heaven with a cup of tea or as an accompaniment to a hearty bowl of soup at dinner. (And if you really want to assemble a cheese plate that is next level, add some thin slices of this bread for […]

Coconut Oatmeal
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COCONUT AND FRESH FRUIT OATMEAL

This isn’t a recipe, so much as an assemblage of ingredients for a truly delicious breakfast. If you think of oatmeal as a gunky, glutinous mess, this will change your view forever — this oatmeal is soft, creamy, and coconutty, with lots of crunch from the seeds and coconut chips and little pillows of fresh fruit flavor explosions all in one bite. And it couldn’t be easier — just make sure you have a can of coconut cream in the […]