Good and Evil Chocolate Layer Cake

by Libbie Summers Photography by Chia Chong Careful, if you start baking this cake right now, it may not last until Friday. Good and Evil Chocolate Layer Cake (Irish Cream Frosting, Southern Praline Topping) Serves 12-16 Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 3/4 cups sugar ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons baking powder... Read More »

Precious Sausage-Stuffed Deep-Fried Dills

by Libbie Summers Photography by Chia Chong Moving to rural North Carolina from the ever hip and haughty Vail, Colorado, was a lesson in the proper way to eat humble pie. I opened my heart and mind to things that were “precious”—a word that Southerners use interchangeably with the phrase “bless her heart.” Hell,... Read More »

Let’s Get Pickled! DIY Party Invitations

by Libbie Summers Assisted by David Dempsey STOP EVERYTHING! This could possibly be the most fun cocktail party invitation ever! DIY Pickle Invitations yields 1 Ingredients 3 sheets colored card stock (light green, kelly green, orange) 1 glue stick colored pencils scissors Step 1. Cut out 4 shapes (jar, pickles, label, & lid). Use... Read More »

Refrigerator Pickles

by Libbie Summers Photography by Chia Chong Grandma had a sunporch that was nearly falling off the southeast side of her old farmhouse. Each year, after the late-summer cucumber harvest, a rickety shelf running along the ceiling of the sunporch was lined with jars of the most unnaturally green sweet pickles a child could imagine.... Read More »

Pickle Jewelry?

by Libbie Summers Assisted by David Dempsey Tiny Pickle Charm Bracelet  I LOVE the fun little food charms made by Jillicious Charms and had to have the pickle jar…had to. The charm arrived on a chain for a necklace, but I felt it needed to be a bracelet.  So, I deconstructed it, hooked it... Read More »