Take It From Carol: Tour de France Stage 8

Just another day for a breakaway and Stage win glory or.......

After a long, steady day in the saddle (a welcome respite in the relentlessly tough first week of the Tour and a rare gift for the sprinters) , the Tour comes to yet another day suited for the breakaway specialists. Stage 8 includes 7 categorized climbs

Read More
Take It From Carol: Tour de France Stage 3

We finally enter France.....

Today the Tour organizers continue their quest to make the first week of the race more interesting than the repetitive hours of flat road riding, marketing breakaways, and a field sprint finish. True, the first 170km is exactly that, but with 30km remaining the riders will encounter three Category 3 climbs (climbs are ranked according to certain guidelines and are rated from most difficult 1 to the least 4.

Read More
Take It From Carol: Tour de France 2019

And 3 weeks of suffering begins.....

Today will be a calm day on the bike with a breakaway and an exciting sprint finish as the fastest men position themselves early for the green jersey (a jersey OWNED by Peter Sagan —6 so far—more on each jersey and the races within the race later).  And a tiny Sagan tangent here: I think he wants yellow today...perfect stage for him). 

Read More
Jalapeño Peach Skillet Cornbread

When I married my southern hubby, cornbread became more of a staple and less of a “oh you made cornbread” moment.  There are thousands of cornbread recipes out there...many that I have made and love...but, this is the one I was taught to make by my Grammy in her Wagner cast iron skillet (Oh I miss that skillet!!).  The best part, her cornbread is straightforward so the perfect base for me to add all sorts of stuff (fruit, cheese, herbs, aromatics, veggies, etc) to fancy it up.  

Read More
Pudge

Ok. This is just simple, smashed red potatoes.  It will forever be “Pudge” because my husband ordered meatloaf and pudge on our first date (the Flying Biscuit, ATL).  He soon regretted that heavy decision as we enjoyed a concert at Chastain Park .  

Read More
Mandelbrot

My mom and grammy called this mandel bread, but I always heard mongrel bread which always caused snorts of laughter around the table.  Whatever you want to call it, this is a cup of coffee’s and a lazy morning’s best friend. This is a terrific recipe to make with your kids.  I still remember shaping the dough and getting flour everywhere!  There are many versions of this recipe, but here is the one I grew up with (we didn’t add chocolate chips but an easy add if desired).  

Read More