About Lana

Lana Stuart, Never Enough Thyme

Hello and welcome! I’m Lana Stuart, the author, photographer, and cook here at Never Enough Thyme.

I grew up in the late 1950’s and 1960’s in a small, rural Georgia town among a large family of excellent southern cooks. I have so many treasured childhood memories of huge family meals shared on fine china in my mother’s dining room. Memories of family members each of whom had a southern specialty to share in the kitchen. My hometown and my family are at the root of my love of southern food.

Many of my recipes reflect the culture and time in which I grew up and, occasionally, I share glimpses of the simpler, more genteel life we led during my childhood. Although traditional and updated southern cooking form the basis of my experience, I don’t limit Never Enough Thyme to only that style of cooking. For instance, one of the most popular posts on Never Enough Thyme is my recipe for Cilantro Lime Shrimp. Definitely not traditional southern, but delicious!

I’m now in my sixth year of posting here on the blog. That’s enough time to allow me to reflect back to the beginning of this blog and to consider what I’ve learned and what I think is important. For me, it’s essential to be authentic. I try to always remember that much of  southern cooking is humble food. For some of us it is a reminder of where and from whom we came. The simple, satisfying food that our farming ancestors provided for their families. Humble food graciously prepared and gratefully received by hard-working, families. I know very well from where I come. I come from some of those humble, hard working, farming folks who appreciated what their mamas put on the table for them. And I thank every one of them, the ones who came before, the ones who I knew and miss, and the ones who are still here with us, for their part in making me who I am today.

I truly appreciate each and every person who stops by here and am so pleased when one of my recipes works out well for a visitor!

Drop me a line any time at Lana@lanascooking.com.

Comments

  1. Miss P says

    Since we grew up in the same household, I feel like I have been transported back in time. The running commentary is exactly like what we experienced around the plethora of aunts, should-have-been aunts, and all of those other wonderful Southern women who nurtured, cooked for us and taught us the art of Southern woman-hood over the years.

    The grits look just like mama’s (actually, better, but don’t tell her that). I am sure that they are delicious.

    Thanks for letting me know about your blog. I’ll check back often.

    Uncle John says hello.

    Miss P

  2. Neena says

    Paula Deen better look out! These are some of the most tempting receipes I have ever seen. So easy!!
    You are something ELSE. Don’t know why I am surprised, everything you make is wonderful. Proud, proud of you.
    Neena

  3. jean says

    iam a new mom & a newer cook. i have been going through websites to see how much of easy cooking i can come across. your site is one of those sites that i can rely on for easier & fast cooking.. thank you

  4. Miss P says

    I find myself checking daily to see what’s been cooking at Nana and BeeBop’s house. How’s it going? What can we expect next?

    Thanks!

    Miss P

  5. bree1972 says

    Have I told you I’m making a big spiral notebook full of the recipes I love to take to Michigan? I have so many of yours in it that I have printed out. I check everyday to see if there’s something new I can add. LOVE your blog and thanks for plugging mine!

  6. Elissa says

    I found your blog through Serious Eats and I’m so happy that I came across this! Your blog is going to be added to my favorite food/recipe sites. I also love the photos of your adorable grandkids. It’s a nice reminder of why many of us cook – we feed the ones we love!

  7. Travis Cotton says

    I see you reference N Georgia in your posts. Im from Marietta originally but grew up in Millen, GA which is a stone’s throw from Statesboro, home of Georgia Southern University.

    Nice blog. I found it today via a link on Food Gawker. Ill definitely bookmark your feed. I learned most of my cooking skills from my Grandmother and my Uncle who I swear could cook a door knob and make you love it.

  8. Miss P says

    What’s the latest at Nana and BeeBop’s house? Has the heat zapped your cooking energy? Kick up the AC and turn on the stove!!

    Miss P

  9. Barbara says

    Lana,

    Your website is absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to try out your recipes.

    Thank you for hosting bunco yesterday, the food and company was really wonderful.

    -Barbara

  10. Lee says

    Dear Lana, I stumbled across your blog (‘website’ would be more deserving) last night and have been in awe ever since. I LOVE food. And I love food of the world. I won’t even tell you where I’m from ‘cos you won’t believe me. I just wanted to tell you how appreciative I am for the time you’ve taken to put together these awesome recipes. The writing, pictures, instruction, everything…. superb :) Thank you.
    Sincerely, Lee

  11. Betsy says

    Hi Lana! I was just telling Laura that I say “Never Enough Thyme” just about everytime I cook and it always reminds me of your kitchen. You have always been such a great cook and fantastic homemaker! I’m sure I’ll be trying these recipes out these recipes on my family very soon!

    Betsy

  12. says

    The photos are really superb and add to the recipes…..! I am learning from the angles you used to take your photos….and I can’t wait to have my hubby try some of these recipes. Keep it up please, thank you!

  13. Diane S says

    Lana,

    I just wanted to drop you a line and say thank you so much, I received my box of goodies from you from the Striplings General Store. Everything looks so good and I can’t wait to try the sausage and country ham out. I printed out your sausage recipe and am hoping to be able to prepare it this weekend, I’ll let you know what raves I get from my husband and teenage sons! Thank you for allowing me to win this wonderful gift package, you are so generous! Hope you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving!

    Diane S

  14. Pierre says

    Hey Lana :)

    Just wanted to say – thanks for the awesome blog! As a proud Tarheel living abroad, I appreciate a site where I can find all my favorites – grits, chilli, anything with the word pork in it and of course banana cream puddin and red velvet cake!

    All the best, Pierre

  15. says

    I hope it’s OK to contact you here, We came across your blog and We’d like to invite you to appear on our Foodie site – Foodierama. Have a look at http://www.foodierama.com and send us a note on our contact form or through the email in this comment if interested. Thanks and sorry to intrude , Dave

  16. says

    Hi Lana,
    I found your blog through foodbuzz and I am so glad i did. I tried your recipe Dutch Baby and that was a big hit. I love the homely feeling that you have in your recipes. And yeah you are a good photographer too along it perfect cook. Thank you for the recipes.
    chandani

  17. KK says

    Hello “Old” Friend,

    I am most impressed with your blog and your recipes. Your dressing is much like my family’s. I miss our “cooking” parties we had in the past. Keep up the good work. KK

  18. Danni Wilkerson says

    I am new to your blog here, but I absolutely love it! I am excited to try some of your recipes. Just from doing a quick browse, I would love to see more canning recipes on here. I’ve just been thinking how great it would be to do some canning this year. Do you have any recipes for pickled beets? I could eat my weight in those. And maybe canned carrots or anything really. I have a ten and a half month old, so I have recently, tried to be as organic as I can be, and I make all of his food myself. I’m rambling here, I just wanted you to know that I LOVE your blog!

    • says

      Hi Danni – Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I usually do a good bit of canning during the Spring and Summer and I’ll try to post some of those recipes as I do them. If you’re really interested in canning, get yourself a copy of the Ball Blue Book of Preserving. It’s inexpensive (less than $10) and is considered the “bible” of canning. It’s easy to understand and will guide you step-by-step through the canning process. Again, thanks for stopping by! Come back again!

  19. lanaann says

    Great! I’m glad you’re finding some things you want to try. I’ll be adding another one or two this week.

  20. lanaann says

    Thanks, Elissa. Yes, I’ve always equated food with love. I’ve been lucky to have many, many good cooks in my family cooking for me since I was born. My mother and both my grandmothers, numerous aunts, and would-be aunts, neighbors and assorted others. There’s nothing that says “I love you” like a beautiful homecooked meal.

  21. lanaann says

    I actually grew up in southwest Georgia. Miller County specifically. I’m in NE Georgia now for my husband’s work, but I get back down home pretty often.

  22. lanaann says

    Thanks, Barbara! I’m so glad you like the site and maybe you’ll find something interesting to try here. Bunco was fun! I had a great time being host for this month!

  23. Rhonda says

    Another SW GA girl here–from Grady Co but now in Colquitt Co (after sojourns in Fulton, Chatham and Bibb!). Wanted to thank you so much for your marinated pork loin recipe, which I used this past weekend for my inlaws 50th anniversary dinner party. Everyone loved it, and my husband and son agreed that it was the best pork loin I’ve ever cooked (and we cook and eat a lot of pork, so that’s saying something)! Definitely a keeper! Thanks so much!

  24. says

    I’m so glad the recipe turned out great for you, Rhonda! It’s definitely one of our favorites and one of very few that turn out a nice, moist pork loin!

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