Welcome to Cooking with Virginia!

 Here you will find delicious and doable, seasonal, chef-driven recipes for home cooks along with tips, techniques, and stories. And, given Virginia’s health journey and 65# weight loss, the recipes are not only good — they are good for you, too! 

Each post features mouth-watering food photography, easy-to-follow instructions, and helpful hints for well-tested recipes from Southern chef, Food Network Kitchen Instructor, and James Beard award-winning cookbook author Virginia Willis.

You’ll also find Virginia’s signature stories chronicling formational childhood experiences gained baking in her grandmother’s and mother’s kitchen, her extensive professional experience from working in patisserie in a Michelin-starred restaurant, to the hot lights of food television, and her culinary centric far-flung travels. The recipes build on this practical knowledge and are written so that the reader feels that Virginia is by their side in the kitchen, as she walks the reader through surefire recipes that work every time. The recipes are rigorously tested and are essential, foolproof dishes you actually want to make and eat!

Bon Appétit, Y’all!

Virginia Willis

Grilled Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette on www.virginiawillis.com
Salads and Slaws
Virginia Willis

Potato Salad Recipes

Bacon, Southern, and Chef-Inspired Potato Salad Recipes Ah, potato salad. The perfect combination of comforting carbs and decadent dressing. So many choices, so many styles!

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Bread and Quickbreads
Virginia Willis

Blueberry Muffins with Yogurt

Blueberry Benefits and Nutrition Blueberries are the Doris Day of summer fruit – happy-go-lucky, bright bouncing balls of flavor. Blackberries are moody, musky, and complex.

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Strawberry Season on www.virginiawillis.com
Sweet Treats and Desserts
Virginia Willis

Strawberry Desserts

  Strawberries are the most popular berry fruit in the world, and while they are available in grocery stores every week of the year, spring

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