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Ease on Down the Road | Blueberry Breakfast Tada

Encoded in my genetic hoorah is a propensity for getting off the beaten path. As far as I can tell, despite the fact that it can double my mileage, the longer and windyer road delivers the windfall. One summer day brought proof with a pilgrimage north to Bell Buckle, Tennessee (population 453). Freelance business landed me on a sparsely traveled …

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Rule the Summer Day | Marinated Cukes, Red Onions, Tomatoes and Herbs

I was a restless young one always looking for an episode. One scorching Mississippi Delta afternoon after I folded clothes from the line and helped Grandaddy pick vegetables; after I played hopscotch and swigged a  draw of lukewarm water from the hose; after I shuffled a paper-thin deck of cards to the morning news played out on a tiny black …

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Sista Soiree | Maw’s Biscuit

    Every Monday night for eight years, amid the hurl and burl of a small Middle Tennessee town, two women connected by marriage find their way to an extraordinary kitchen. These are not your garden variety type women, nor is the kitchen one that dwells for microwave use only. The kitchen, first blessed after construction by a meal some …

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Shoveling Through The Tears | The Eddie Mae Saute

  “I’ll be the Daddy and you be the Sweetie,” said my granddaughter, Dalton. “But where,” I said, “Is the Mommie?” “Shoveling snow,” said Dalton. And no doubt Mommie’s voice was a tad anxious after the daily ditherness of a Chicago winter. And perhaps a bit loud. I consider raised voices to be the sideshow of loosing control. But railing …

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A Good Shot | Apple-Cider Sourdough Bread

On a crest above the town proper of Lynnville, Tennessee lives a lovely soul who is baking her heart out. She got lucky during creation and was gifted with a multitude of talents, not the least of which is her sunny disposition. Originally she came to town with a friend to preview the Lynnville Tractor Pull and it was there …

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Tender Tidbit | Orange-Pecan Scones

Joyner Elementary School – Tupelo, Mississippi: I was awarded the role Queen of Hearts in a 1962 production of Alice in Wonderland. This was a misguided character assignment. I thought I should be the Mad Hatter, a part which was bagged by my friend Reese who wore a perpetual and handy look of bewilderment. Clear as a bell, the tallest …