Meyer Lemon Upside Down Polenta Cake

Meyer Lemon Upside Down Polenta Cake | Life, Love, and Good Food

Meyer Lemon Upside Down Polenta Cake has a sweet-tart candied lemon topping baked right into a buttery dense polenta cake (the batter includes fine corn meal). The secret to this lemony dessert is to make sure to slice the lemons very, very thin so that they caramelize thoroughly and bake through the pith. Using a mandolin or hand slicer […]


Hushpuppies | Life, Love, and Good Food

 Did you know that hushpuppies actually were first attributed to hunters who fried up some basic cornmeal mixture to feed to their howling hounds on hunting trips? “Hush, puppies!” Later on, these quick-fried delicacies became a popular side dish at Southern fish frys and barbecue dinners. Hushpuppies have come a long way since the colonial times deep-fried […]

Peach Streusel Muffins

Peach Streusel Muffin | Life, Love, and Good Food

Fresh peaches are in season and this year they are really delicious. I couldn’t resist trying a sample last week at the market and of course ended up bringing a bag home. I love baking fresh peach cobblers, grilling peaches with pork chops, and peach salsa. I’d never thought about peach muffins, but I had left overs and needed […]

Pickled Okra

Pickled Okra | Life, Love, and Good Food

Is anyone out there a fan of Pickled Okra? Well, if you’d offered me this Southern delicacy a few years ago, I probably would’ve just politely replied, “None for me, thank you just the same”. As a kid I decided that I didn’t like the stuff and all these years never bothered to try it for myself until it was served at […]

Kahlúa White Chocolate Tiramisu

White Chocolate Tiramisu | Life, Love, and Good Food

Tiramisu, the classic coffee-flavored creamy dessert, is usually made with a mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese and cocoa. My version has a graham chocolate crust, a white chocolate cream cheese filling, a layer of coffee-Kahlúa soaked lady fingers, and is topped off with an espresso whipped cream. I know it sounds complicated, but I […]

Balsamic Pork Chops

Balsamic Pork Chop | Life, Love, and Good Food #easydinnerrecipe

After eating out so often the last few weeks due to our transition into our new home, cooking and eating in this weekend felt like a real treat! A while back my daughter had shared the recipe for Balsamic Pork Chops with me and since I’m a huge fan of good balsamic vinegar, I was […]

My Dream Kitchen

New Blogging Kitchen | Life, Love, and Good Food

Hello, Friends! I don’t have a recipe to share today because I’ve spent the last two weeks getting settled into our new HOME (yay!) and there’s been very little cooking going on here. Things are a bit more in order now, although we still can’t get both cars in the garage because of the stack […]

Woodshed Potatoes

Woodshed Potatoes | Life, Love, and Good Food

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but as always my opinions are 100% my own. Woodshed Potatoes – ruby red potatoes fried with sweet peppers and onions – are tender on the inside and nicely crisp on the outside making them a quick and easy side dish that’s a perfect accompaniment to grilled burgers or chicken. With these tasty […]

Blueberry Scones

Blueberry Scones | Life, Love, and Good Food

Today is the beginning of a very exciting week and a new chapter in the journey of the Thigpens. The last few weeks we’ve been preparing for closing the sale of our house and the purchase of our new condo plus packing for the move…and it’s finally here! We’re a bit overwhelmed that things have happened so fast–and a bit […]

Italian Skewers

Italian Skewers | Life, Love, and Good Food

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but as always my opinions are 100% my own. Do you ever feel like you’re on a never-ending merry-go-round ride? That’s been my life for the past 6 weeks, and even though some exciting stuff is happening, I am so ready for this ride to slow down! We are literally days […]