- Atlanta, Georgia, USA
- December 31
- I cook, I write, I carpool. You may also find my words at A Cook and Her Books. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MY RECENT POSTS
- My favorite song
March 31, 2012 11:30PM
- Celebrating my independents
December 05, 2011 11:21PM
- Honoring a fallen hero
October 21, 2011 09:42AM
- Denouement for a bookseller
September 08, 2011 10:44PM
- A bread and butter note for
April 18, 2011 09:25PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I think these look
fantastic, Lisa! Gonna stay in
and give this
October 13, 2013 08:13AM
- “What a thrill to read
your prose again, Lisa!
September 14, 2013 07:24PM
- “So sad that your store
is closing. Now, who will be
June 02, 2013 09:47PM
- “Gluing my finger to the
rating button here. Bell, it's
to you back and in
March 05, 2013 09:05AM
- “So glad I'm reading this
while sitting by the fire.
(love the red barn,
February 03, 2013 10:19PM
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Box of books by Lucy Mercer.
I’ve loved bookstores since I was a little girl, so it's no wonder I would grow up to work in both independent and chain bookstores. The small town in upstate South Carolina where I grew up had a Carnegie library, but not… Read full post »
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This weekend, I’ll pull my last shift as a bookseller, and if God is with me, my last retail shift ever. My Borders store hasn’t flatlined yet, but it’s just a matter of days, and I’ve decided to hang up my… Read full post »
Visit my mom’s house on New Year’s Day and you will be treated to simple, humble fare – a black-as-midnight cast iron skillet sizzling with buttermilk cornbread, a pot of black-eyed peas and a bowl of greens, usually collards. The peas and greens are usually cooked with pork… Read full post »
I ran into a friend this week, another mommy getting ready for Christmas, and I asked her how her week was going. "Oh, it's going great. I guess I'm all ready for Christmas!" she replied.
Knowing that Friday was the last day of school before the holidays, I asked/…
“Oh Buddy, I think it’s fruitcake weather,” goes the opening line to one of the best short stories ever written (and certainly a sentimental Southern favorite), “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. Capote based the story on his own memor… Read full post »
Atlanta's "Phantom of the Fox Theatre," Joe Patten, will be able to stay in his Fabulous Fox Theatre apartment until a new lease is negotiated, according to a Fulton County Court.
On Wednesday, Judge Jerry Baxter granted an injunction preventing Patten's eviction from his home o… Read full post »
Americans eat 12 pounds of chocolate each year and as Halloween approaches, I think I'm already into my 13th pound of the stuff. I love chocolate in all its candy forms - Reese's peanut butter cups, M&M's, Hershey's miniatures - these go into the "approved for mommy" stack as… Read full post »
Apple dumplings just sound good. Ever since coming across a picture of apple dumplings in a 1970s Southern Living cookbook, I've wanted to bake them - warm fruit, filled with spices and nuts or candy (like the Red Hots in that first Southern Living recipe), encased in a sweet pastry,/… Read full post »
I just read a Grub Street story about staffers from the late, great Gourmet magazine and where they are now, including Salon's Francis Lam. I guess it's time to dust off this piece that I wrote last October and posted on my blog, A Cook and Her Books./… Read full post »
The French toast with the funny name, Bostock, seems to my mind to be easily adapted to Southern ingredients. I’m a Southern girl, without a doubt, and my daddy grew up hunting squirrels in the woods of Alabama with his trusty mutt Bo by side. Other famous Sons/… Read full post »
I’m a half-hearted gardener at best - each spring, I clear out the weeds from the flower bed by the driveway and hand the girls seed packets and let them go to town. This year, we planted zinnias and daisies for the bright flowers, pumpkins and watermelons for the…
For the past few years, my family has made an annual trip the last weekend in September to the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta. My girls love the rides, the smoked turkey legs, roasted ears of corn, and cotton candy. Each year, we walk through the exhibit halls… Read full post »
Pinky sweet salmon isn’t the fish of my childhood, that would be the bream that my brother Will would catch at Blanton’s pond near our home in upstate South Carolina. Dad would spread out the Sunday paper on the driveway and clean the fish, saving some… Read full post »
Ruby red beets are the jewels of the earth, with a sweetish mineral taste reminiscent of soil and for any kid whose ever busted his lip, blood. I love beets, but I can’t help thinking of the word geophagy when I eat them. Geophagy is the consumption of… Read full post »
Joe Patten is an Atlanta legend, although until recently, he was known more commonly by his nickname than his given name. Joe Patten is the Phantom of the Fox, the man who calls Atlanta’s most famous concert venue, the Fabulous Fox Theatre, home. These days, 83-yea… Read full post »
Homemade pasta is one of those "many hands make for light work" kitchen projects. Sure, it can be made alone, and it's a pleasant task, and with the sunlight streaming through the window and NPR on the radio, a pasta project can make for a soothing and satisfying afternoon.… Read full post »
Friends are over for a meal on this summer afternoon, and we start with cocktails on the front porch. I guess you could say I'm an old-fashioned girl - I like front porches and drinks served in Grandmother's cut glass tumblers.
It's a lucky thing I've… Read full post »
I've returned to the kitchen, my source for solace in the late summer. The light through the window is changing, it's amber coming through at a different angle, backlighting the spider web on the porch. My soul seeks comfort food, but my warm house isn't quite ready for day-long… Read full post »
The conventional summertime cooking wisdom is to avoid heating the kitchen, instead creating salads and sandwiches that require little or no actual cooking, such as last week’s Salon Kitchen Challenge for light tomatoes. That approach leads to some fine eating, but every cook kno… Read full post »
There's an old Guy Clark song about home-grown tomatoes that is stuck in my head.
"Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes,
What'd life be without homegrown tomatoes?
Only two things that money can't buy -
That's true love & homegrown tomatoes."
Back when the world was young,… Read full post »
In Georgia, we know a thing or two about watermelon. Crisp, juicy, sweet watermelon - green striped exterior, magenta interior. Things like how Cordele, in south Georgia, a drive-by on Interstate 75, is the Watermelon Capital of the World. Just ask any native of Cordele, and they… Read full post »
If you hold Macon, Georgia, near to your heart then you recognize the acronym HMFPIC from the classified ad placed in the Macon Telegraph & News each June 1st. The ad didn't announce a clandestine meeting, but an ice/… Read full post »