Mint Julep Cake Roll

Is there a lovelier cake to serve on Derby Day? This Mint Julep Cake Roll has mint simple syrup brushed on a sponge cake – the same homemade syrup used in my Mint Julep Recipe – and bourbon whipped cream. As far as sponge cakes go, this is a very easy recipe – no separating…

Coconut Vanilla Cake, “The Good Cake”

Years ago my brother dubbed this “The Good Cake.” I was nervous when he first tried it because he was so quiet. He took a bite. Then another. And another. I was nervous. I asked what he thought. He said, “I think this is the best cake I’ve ever had.” This cake tastes like a…

Southern Style Green Beans

Words cannot even describe how good these beans are. I don’t even like green beans and I ate two HEAPING servings. This is the green bean recipe to end all green bean recipes. It’s especially perfect served with BBQ and deviled eggs! This recipe comes to me from my friend Valerie, who is a wonderful…

Mint Simple Syrup

One of my all-time favorite ingredients! Homemade mint simple syrup is so easy to make! Just heat sugar, water, and mint leaves until the sugar dissolves, let it cool, then strain the mint leaves out. You’re left with a delicious simple syrup that’ll keep in a jar in the fridge for about a week. This…

Turkey Peach Panini

My mom and I are at the lake house and we had the best sandwiches for lunch! Her paninis are always legendary but when she asked if I wanted peach slices with my sandwich, I suggested putting some inside the sandwich and voila, the Turkey Peach Panini was born. This combination is out of this…

The Best Southern Tomato Pie

Is this not the most delicious looking savory pie you’ve EVER seen? It’s topped with real southern pimento cheese for Pete’s sake. Make this in the summertime when you have really gorgeous tomatoes. My friend JC of JCP Eats posted this recipe and I thought it was so mouth-watering, I asked him to let me share…

Carrot Cake

The best carrot cake you’ll ever have I told myself I wasn’t going to bake today but I binge watched an entire season of Hart of Dixie around 4 pm I thought, this is the South and it’s a Sunday, I need to bake something! I had these giant carrots just begging to become carrot cake (I…

Peach Burrata Salad

There are few things as wonderful as fresh peaches in the South. I brought these beauties back from Vogel Orchard in Fredericksburg, which is known for their incredible peach season, and couldn’t wait to play with them at the lake house this weekend. I made this gorgeous salad for dinner with my mom along with…

Kentucky Derby Party

I’ve always had a love for big hats, bourbon, and horses so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I love watching the Kentucky Derby. It’s the one day a year when the rest of the nation loves horses as much as I do! It’s a celebration of the south and gentile glamour. Here’s how…