Recipes from the Heart

From Doc Lawrence

Our own Doc Lawrence shares his favorite recipes.
"Every recipe has a story. Many are priceless memories. They connect us like music and great literature."

Recipes From The Heart No. 12

Easter observance during my baby days and beyond, culminated in a feast, a family tradition maintained throughout the land. Surprises were not common. My mother was the quintessential self-taught Southern cook who used no cookbook and ran her kitchen with military precision. The dinner table would rival a spread in...

Recipes From The Heart No. 11

My Atlanta inland home at dinner time regularly had fresh seafood on the table. My father worked on weekends for a fish monger whose store had counters of red snapper, grouper, flounder, mackerel and mullet resting on ice. Mounds of live oysters covered a floor  in the rear. Coolers were...

Recipes From the Heart No. 10

Reuniting. That’s a warm reality now, an affirmation of restraint, discipline and unbridled optimism. My grandson came over after a year of separation. He aspires to own a restaurant. He has a degree in culinary arts plus a university education and has worked in prestigious restaurants, learning from the ground...

Recipes From The Heart No. 9

Can you feel it? Optimism is in the air, those spirit-lifting feelings that become more recognizable each day. In Florida, baseball is in full swing and my Atlanta neighborhood anxiously awaits the new season opener with high expectations for the home team Braves. My earliest Florida Grapefruit League (what spring...

Recipes From The Heart No. 8

Who needs a reason to travel to Florida. Many of my most important years were spent there, but Major League Baseball spring training is very appealing, so here I go again. Time permitting, I’ll stay off the Interstate and visit some of my favorite places: White Springs, Monticello, Live Oak,...

Recipes From The Heart No. 7

Mercifully, February is winding down. Longer days and springtime magic are just ahead and for many that means Major Leaguge Baseball spring training in Florida, visits to white sand beaches and for the very lucky, fishing, watching sunsets and dining in Key West. These recipes are perfect for the begining...

Recipes From The Heart No. 6

A Salute to African-American Cooking Edna Lewis: Cook, Chef, Legend. The culinary legend Edna Lewis said that “the South gave America its food.” I selected one of her recipes along with two others as a tribute to the talents of African-American cooks. Ms. Lewis was so gifted. A native of...

Recipes From The Heart No. 5

Nothing, not even a pandemic, can withstand the universal power of love. February means Valentine’s Day, a glorious celebration of intimacy, mutual support, unselfish devotion and that almost indefinable spirit that binds our hearts and souls with another. These recipes were inspired by experiences at some of my memories of...

Recipes From The Heart No. 4

Most of us will enjoy Sunday’s Super Bowl at home, far from the magic that Tampa offers. Perhaps its a good time to substitute the wings, chili, tacos and Bud Lights with food and drinks that have an affinity for the romance and flavors of this alluring Florida city. Cuban...
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