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. 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...

Recipes From The Heart No. 3

The upcoming Super Bowl will highlight some of the spectacular cuisine of Tampa. My first visit was during my freshman year at FSU when a nice, lovely classmate invited me to visit her home there, allowing a pilgrim from Georgia to enjoy a tour into the wonders of Ybor City,...

Recipes From The Heart 2021: No. 2

The pleasures of the dinner table make possible interludes of joy each day.  Days may be short now, but spring approaches methodically, inevitably. Let’s resolve to celebrate life and love with good food and wine. Good times, long postponed, return soon. Caesar Salad The refreshing and always delicious Caesar salad....

Recipes From The Heart 2021, No. 1

Ready for a little spice to combat January doldrums? Inspired by Jim O’Kon’s knowledge of Maya culture, chilis, hominy and vanilla bean seem quite appropriate. Jim O'Kon is the master of Maya culture. Hominy, Tomato and Chili Soup A soup made to brighten January meals. Ingredients: 1 teaspoon cumin seeds2...

Recipes From The Heart XL

Hoppin’ John, a New Year’s dinner tradition in the South, is mainly associated with the Carolinas. Gullah or Low Country cuisine reflects the cooking of the Carolinas, especially the Sea islands (a cluster of islands stretching along the coasts of South Carolina and northern Georgia).  It’s a revered rich bean...

Recipes From The Heart XXXIX

Christmas in Georgia, like so much of the country, is a time for intimacy. Family, quiet gatherings, traditions observed like gifts, songs, remembrances and foods of the season. There are constants that we’ve preserved that when observed and enjoyed pay homage to earlier generations. These remind us through the magic...
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