Bread Plate | Blackberry Quick Jam and Sam Beall’s Skillet Corn Bread

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Sam Beall, the adored California Culinary Academy and French Laundry trained proprietor of Blackberry Farm, died tragically in a skiing accident on February 25th. The 39-year-old father of five was a true visionary, turning his parents’ Walland, Tennessee farm into a world class inn and culinary destination, gathering three James Beard Awards and the designation of Best Hotel for Food Lovers by Bon Appetit magazine along the way. Beall’s cookbooks and his rustic, loving approach to food has provided great inspiration for me over the years. Continue reading “Bread Plate | Blackberry Quick Jam and Sam Beall’s Skillet Corn Bread”

Light Bite | Thai Summer Rolls with Ginger Peanut Dipping Sauce

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Summer rolls are one of those snacks I frequently picked up at the market but never took the time to make. Until now! I don’t think I’ll ever buy them from the store again. Putting them together is so easy and they are wonderfully versatile – just fill with what you love or have on hand.  Here I used shrimp, red bell pepper, scallion, cucumber, carrot, and thinly sliced jalapeño.  Avocado, bibb lettuce and lightly blanched asparagus would be great additions as well.  Just don’t leave out the mint and cilantro – they are the ingredients that will elevate your rolls above the ones from your corner grocer. Continue reading “Light Bite | Thai Summer Rolls with Ginger Peanut Dipping Sauce”