Holiday Entertaining Tips: Smoky Cheese Straws

Holiday Entertaining should be relaxed, comfortable, and enjoyable for both the hosts and the guests – and that comes with organization and planning ahead, from the guest list to the music to the menu — and everything in between. Not planning ahead and thinking things through makes for a stressed-out host and that’s no fun. …

Peanut-Crusted Chicken Wings for Game Day

Are you a flat or a drum? I am a flat — I love the two-bone piece of wing. Whole chicken wings are composed of three parts. The flat, the drum, and the tip. Flats get their name because simply put, they’re flat with two small bones that run the length of the wing. They …

More Taste, Less Waste with The James Beard Foundation

As part of the “More Taste, Less Waste” campaign, the James Beard Foundation recently initiated a recipe contest and asked chefs and culinary professionals to create recipes using oats that can inspire all of us to re-think oats as a way to add nutrition to our diets while reducing food waste. The judging criteria includes …

Get Your Game On with Tailgating Recipes

We’re about a month into college football season and things are just getting started. All the early supposedly easy games are over and we’re getting into the more serious match-ups. The air is getting crisper and the leaves are starting to change color. It’s tailgating season and you need tailgating recipes! At the bottom of …

What’s in Season: Cantaloupe Creamsicle

Summer Melon Cantaloupe responds well to hot summer heat and is currently in high season across much of the US. Generally, this time of year we keep cantaloupe freshly cut and cubed in a container in the fridge. Cantaloupe is one of those fruits that is always found in the prepared foods case in the …

What’s in Season: Butterbean Basil Hummus

Butterbeans vs. Lima Beans Everybody Likes Butterbeans…. Butterbeans are one of my favorite things to eat on this Earth. Yes – that includes fine Belgian chocolates, French delicacies, other Southern classics like fried chicken with rice and gravy or Georgia peaches picked fresh from the tree. When I am feeling down in the dumps, sick, …

Sinless Seven Layer Dip for Your Super Bowl Party

The Atlanta Falcons are in the Super Bowl — and there’s going to be a lot of tailgating. Falcon and Patriot fans alike will be dining on wings, pizza, nachos, and guacamole. According to Forbes magazine, Americans will eat almost 200 MILLION pounds of Avocados from Mexico on Super Bowl Sunday!

Make This: Romesco Sauce

Spring is here in much of the country and warmer weather means more time outdoors and generally, more socializing. Patio parties and do-dahs on the deck mean having starters and nibbles at the ready to serve friends and family. Nothing’s wrong with chips and salsa, but how about elevating the app game with homemade Romesco …

Atlanta Snow 2014: Heat Things Up with Curried Wings

Atlanta  Atlanta got hit with 2-inches of snow and the world stopped. Literally. For 18-hours. It’s been all over the national news and everyone is in disbelief. If you you think it’s as simple as Southerners not being able to drive in the snow – you’re wrong…. However, I am not here to talk about politics, …

Labor Day Appetizers and Summer’s Sweet End

Country Living  I grew up in the country. Montezuma, Georgia. The population at the time hovered around 3000. I love the country, living in the country, and having the opportunity to dig in the dirt. There’s an undeniable simplicity with country living. I’ve spent the majority of the past few years in the country and …