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. 16

A red-tail hawk family lives nearby. Each morning at first light, they soar and screech reassuringly: All is well. These recipes honor the joys of patio dining with added nostalgia. Apalachicola, Dog Island, Panacea and Spring Creek were stops along the way where fresh food, robust cocktails, fine wines filled...

Recipes From The Heart No. 15

Hummingbirds and Monarchs have returned. Springtime down South. We’re still a few week’s away from the serious business of backyard grilling. In the meantime, great food is right at our fingertips. All food becomes something special with a nice, balanced wine and welcoming aperitifs. Gardener’s Wedge Salad Ingredients: 1 head...

Recipes From The Heart No. 14

When Picasso visited Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, a feast was held featuring good food and fine wines. Ms. Toklas prepared dinner for many literary notables including Hemingway and Fitzgerald. For Picasso, it was roast duck which he thoroughly enjoyed, remarking that it was perhaps better suited for Mattise....

Recipes From The Heart No. 13

This week’s recipes are influenced by the life and works of Ernest Hemingway. Not enough has been told about his very sophisticated palate. The cuisine of France, Spain, Italy, Cuba and, of course, America fascinated him. Whether a Parisian sidewalk café, the Paris Ritz, a Madrid restaurant  or one of...

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,...
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