Author: 1TaraChristina

Not My Aunt’s Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust Growing up I literally had the best aunt in the world. My Maternal Aunt, Aunt Jackie as I always called her, was the most calm and sweet person. Her wide smile followed by, “Hi Baby,” when I’d walk in the room would just...

Gluten-Free Cornbread

I grew up eating boxed cornbread. I feel like my entire childhood and young adult life, family meals always came with a side of sweetened Jiffy Cornbread. I loved it, but that was one of those traditions I had to release. In the Spring of 2009, I found out...

Fig Salad with Bacon, No Dressing Needed

Last week, I walked out to our courtyard and saw a very ripe fig growing on it’s tree. I picked the fig, rinsed and enjoyed every bite. For several days, all I could think about was eating more figs.  On my grocery run I decided to make a fig...

Not My Cousin’s Potato Salad

I made potato salad for the first time, then broke the rules and brought it to a potluck. When I grew up there was only one person who made potato salad at family gatherings, that was my cousin Karen. I have no real recollection of who made it before...

Simple Cabbage Salad

Several years ago I went to a rock climbing potluck with a friend of mine. I do not remember what I brought, but another dish completely captivated my attention. I looked at the colorful vegetable mixture and scooped up some to put alongside my barbecue. I took a bite...

Lemon Basil Chicken

One particular day while tending to my outside planter box, I looked at my over abundance of basil and asked the question, “What am I going to do with all this basil?” My neighbors and son suggested pesto, which I found to be the common suggestion. Pesto was not...

Fonio with Blackberry Honey

Over the years I’ve looked to be creative with my breakfast ideas. I get tired of eating eggs, bacon, sausage and even oatmeal on my meat free days. Smoothies don’t fill me up, neither does yogurt with fruits and nuts. I recently decided to bring one of my favorite...

It’s What’s Left: Chicken Chorizo Stew

I grew up in a “Waste not want not” household. If one of us looked in the refrigerator and said, ‘There’s nothing to eat,” ultimately an adult in the household found plenty. One of my favorite childhood breakfasts came from what was left in the refrigerator. If there was...

Maui

On June 14, 2021, my son and I flew to Maui for a much needed vacation. For my son it was “Epic.” For me it was an adventure in traveling with a teen, but it was also my chance to explore the variety of amazing foods Hawaii has to...

Foodie and Nutrition Educator: A Dichotomy

For as long as I remember, I’ve loved food. I grew up eating a plethora of delicious homemade Southern foods from my maternal side. My paternal grandmother always cooked, plus she baked delicious pies and cookies.  I was always pretty thin, however in my late teens and early 20’s...