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Best of 2013

2013 was a wild year. Personally and professionally, it was a roller coaster. I’m thankful for so many things about this past year, but I won’t be sad to see it leave tomorrow. Nevertheless, here are some of my favorite recipes from this past year:

honey pie 1 Best Pie
Honey Pie

brussels sprouts 1

Best Use of Bacon
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Jam

salt packed fish 2

Most Impressive to Serve Guests
Salt Crusted Snapper
satsuma cobbler 1 Favorite Cocktail
Satsuma Cobbler

charbroiled oysters 2

Best Seafood
Charbroiled Oysters

new hanover

Best Series
Tasting North Carolina

bone broth 3

Most Nourishing
Bone Broth

Brunswick Stew 1

Best Stew (and also Recipe I Was Most Excited About Creating That Nobody Else Cared About But My Dad)
Stovetop Brunswick Stew 

blackened fish 4 Most Popular Main Dish
Blackened Red Drum

grilled peaches 7

Most Popular Dessert (and Best Road Trip for a Recipe)
Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

apple hand pies 4

Best Use of Biscuit Dough
Sweet Tango Hand Pies

the american cookbook

Most Exciting Project (and also The Project That Took Years Off My Life But I Happily Gave Them)
The American Cookbook

chipotle wings 3

Best Imitation of Our Favorite Restaurant Food
Honey Chipotle Wings

beignets 6

Best Pastry (and also Best Recipe That Also Marks a Major Family Event)

blueberry cake 1

Dan’s Favorite Cake
Blueberry Lemon Cake

brisket 4

Best Meat Dish
Southern Grilled Brisket

Thanks for coming along with us, here’s to 2014!

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Vinegar Pie

vinegar pie 2


This season has made me realize how truly, incredibly, overwhelmingly blessed I am. It’s been a hard few months, full of happiness and good fortune and time with family but also loss and heartache. It’s always a balance, but every once in a while something amazing happens that reminds you that you are loved.


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As silly as it sounds, that something this month has been the results of this crazy whirlwind contest- the Colombo Marsala Recipe Contest. Going into it I was hopeful but didn’t have any expectations of winning. I did my best to create a recipe that I was proud of, I encouraged my friends, family, and readers to vote (and tried to walk the line between enthusiastic and obnoxious), and I crossed my fingers. And while I was sitting there hoping, something magical happened. I watched  people I love sharing the link, over and over, encouraging their friends and family to vote. My aunt texting the extended family once a day to remind them. People I hadn’t seen or spoken to in months or even years rallying for me. My sister in Dublin asking people who came into her boutique to vote. My dad asking people at the bar with us for their vote. It was inspiring. It was humbling. I am so grateful.


vinegar pie 3

Voting ends tonight and I’m up by a fair margin. For that, I owe you all a debt of gratitude. The winner will be announced on the 20th and it will be determined by the number of votes, the quality of the recipe, and the merits of the blog post. Whether or not we go to Italy, I am so grateful for what this contest has taught me. These past two weeks have shown me the type of love and small acts of kindness that this holiday season is supposed to be all about; it’s a small and silly thing to vote for someone in a recipe contest but it has meant the world to me. Please know that I am so thankful, that you all have made my world a better place.


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Consider this pie, a traditional vinegar chess pie, my thanks. It’s a sweet and simple pie that is warm and filling. The perfect balance to hot chocolate and peppermint and the decadence of the Christmas dessert table. And, with the help of a heart shaped cookie cutter, the perfect way to add a little love to your plate.


vinegar pie 1


Vinegar Pie

pie dough

2 1/4 cups flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup vegetable shortening

1 1/2 sticks butter

Ice cold water


5 eggs

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp flour

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cardamom

1/2 cup butter, melted


Begin by making your pie dough.  Mix together dry ingredients.  Using your hands, work in the shortening.  Cube the butter and cut that in, until the dough has the consistency of cornmeal. Add ice water, as needed, until the dough clings. Wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

To make the chess combine your dry ingredients.  Using an electric mixer, beat them together.  Add the eggs, one at a time.  Add the butter, melted.  Add in vanilla and vinegar.

Heat your oven to 325. Roll out your pie dough and press into pie dish.  Pour filling into the dish.  Bake for 45 minutes or until the pie is brown and mostly set. Let cool. Serve at room temperature.

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Lovely Internet 12.13.13


1. A part of the country that is completely foreign to me.

2. Fruitcake for a good cause.

3. These potatoes look divine.

4.  An interesting look at why looking the part makes us feel better when we exercise.

5. I love to run with Kaylee but she’s a total spaz. Maybe this would help?

6. I want this. I so, so, so want this. Or this.

7. This will come in handy this Christmas.

8. A powerful look at double standards.

9. The Bitter Southerner shirt.

10. I was lucky enough to receive a Batch Nashville and I have to say, it was a fantastic little surprise waiting on my doorstep.

The Colombo Marsala recipe competition is going on through Sunday, so please go vote! My Fig & Sausage Biscuits could take us to Italy with your help. We’ve held a solid lead for the past few days and I’d love to keep it up. I have to say, working this hard to get out the vote is exhausting. I have a whole new level of respect for people that run for public office!

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