Stories by Rosie Hawthorne

Rosie Hawthorne’s recipes: Sweet season for crabs

There’s nothing quite like a newspaper-lined table top of fresh-caught, just-steamed, Old Bay-sprinkled blue crabs, with nothing more than melted butter and some lemon juice. Except maybe crab soup. Or crab cakes.

May 27


Consider asparagus for a light and satisfying quiche

In the Spring, this not-so-young cook’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of ... asparagus. I always look forward to the first spears of asparagus in my garden and I’ve earmarked them for a light and simple, yet filling and satisfying, quiche.

Apr 29


Rosie Hawthorne’s recipes: Got shrimp? Here’s what to do

Living where we do, we always have shrimp on hand -- usually at least 20 pounds frozen at any time, so a shrimp meal is only a thaw away. Today, I have three shrimp dishes for you with distinct flavor profiles.

Mar 24


Rosie Hawthorne’s recipes: Chocolate loving cups

For Valentine’s Day, one can never go wrong with chocolate. I have a decadent dessert for you that gives you a double dose of chocolate -- intense bittersweet chocolate mousse in a chocolate filigreed cup.

Feb 12


Rosie’s recipes: Celebrate the versatile sweet potato

This versatile root vegetable is a fundamental southern food, finding itself on many a menu throughout the state and walking the diverse flavor profile line between sweet and savory.

Jan 26


Rosie Hawthorne’s recipes: Say cheese for holiday entertaining

Cheese straws are part of the Southern experience. A staple in Southern entertaining, the cheese straw is mandatory at receptions, showers, and potlucks, and at Christmas time, the straw invariably finds its way into decorated tins for gift-giving. Most every Southerner’s grandmother had a recipe for cheese straws, usually handwritten on a 3- x 5-inch […]

Dec 17


Rosie’s recipes: Pavlova for Thanksgiving dessert, or anytime

After enjoying the requisite turkey and stuffing with giblet gravy, sweet potato casserole, the ubiquitous green bean casserole, optional ham, and buttery rolls, Rosie is foregoing the pumpkin pie this year.

Nov 10


Rosie Hawthorne’s recipes: The pear necessities

Fall fruits are at their peak and there’s nothing better than buttery pears -- slightly floral with subtle citrus notes, delicate on your tongue, and overflowing with sweet juiciness. I have a trio of pear recipes

Oct 28


Rosie Hawthorne’s recipes: Summer’s last hurrah

In culinary terms, “a la Caprese” denotes a preparation of some of the most notable ingredients in Italian cuisine - tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil, which, not coincidentally, represent the colors of the Italian flag.

Sep 30


Rosie’s Recipes: The figalicious days of summer

July through August finds me coming up with all sorts of fig recipes to accommodate the deluge of figs from my prolific trees. I’ve made fig ice cream, fig newtons, sticky figgy buns, fig sauce, fig tarts, and all manner of fig appetizers, but I think my all-time favorite is my “figcaccia,” a focaccia with […]

Aug 23


Rosie’s recipes: Life is a bowl of cherries – Cherries Clafoutis

I always like it when whatever I’m cooking comes with a history, and the Limousin area has an interesting story to tell. One can prepare an entire meal from Limousin and its capital, Limoges.

Jul 23


Be cool as a cucumber with some smashing good salads

When the temperatures outside start rising, I start cooling off with light, bright, and refreshing salads, and nothing cools like a cucumber. A cool cucumber is the perfect foil for hot weather and hot food.

Jun 23