Hey There Lonely Parents of Older Teenagers

Hey There Lonely Parents of Older Teenagers

You can quit feeling guilty about how happy you felt when the kids went back to school: the “Baby Got Class” YouTube video has 4.3 million views. So 4.3 million of you feel the same way. When you’re a parent of older teens, though, that new backpack is full of mixed feelings. School is the best friend of working parents, and of semi-competent parents like me. I’ve relied on schools for 16 years to help raise my daughter. Along with...

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Clean Wild Blackberries: Southern Cooking for Company

Clean Wild Blackberries: Southern Cooking for Company

July was blackberry picking month at my granny’s farm. Our routine was this: long-sleeve shirt, jeans, loose socks, boots, hat, then a dousing of bug repellant. NO UNDERWEAR OR BRA, OR EVEN TIGHT SOCKS! (Chiggers crawl on your person until they can’t go any futher, like an underwear legband or a bra strap. Then they bite.) We’d pick gallons of berries for preserves, jam, freezing and eating fresh with cream. In England,...

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Voodoo Chile Potato Salad

Voodoo Chile Potato Salad

Oh heart, how fickle your affections. Voodooo Chile roasted potato and chile salad is ridiculously good, to quote a sweet friend, yet it’s been at least 10 years since I made it. It’s so enchanting, and safe at room temperature for hours. I don’t know how it dropped out of the repertory. I just got busy. I wrote a bunch of non-potato-related cookbooks. I spent two years rotating through hospitals at uncivil hours. I parent a...

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Watermelon Rind Bread and Butter Pickles

Watermelon Rind Bread and Butter Pickles

Bring up the subject of bread-and-butter pickles and it’s pretty certain everyone in earshot loves them. “I can eat a whole jar of them,” one friend says. It’s true: the sweet-sour base embellished with mustard seed, celery seed and ginger makes them “moreish.” Except when they’re mushy. Feh and double fed on mushy pickles. After a run of beginner’s luck, when every jar I canned turned out...

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

I’m pleased to be part of My Writing Process Blog Tour–writing is such a solitary profession, so it’s nice to feel like part of a group. I’m doing this for the same reason I attend food conferences: food people are the most fun people! What am I working on? I ask this question of every writer I meet, because the answer is always interesting. In my case, it’s Southern Cooking for Company, the largest cookbook...

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Hello, I’m Nicki

I've written about food for a living since The Silver Palate was new. Discovering a new cookbook or technique is my idea of fun. And kitchen gear--I'm helpless to resist. Like kitchen projects, the posts here are occasional and open-ended, so please subscribe. You can read more about me here

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