New Year’s Food Traditions: Peas and Greens

Eating Hoppin’ John, a dish made of peas and rice, with greens and cornbread on New Year’s Day is a Southern tradition. Folklore says the combination of eating peas and greens will bring luck and money in the upcoming year. Typically, the dried peas are black-eyed peas and there is generally a hunk of meat …

What’s in Season: Savory Eggplant Dip

Eggplant flourishes in the scorching heat of a Deep South summer. My grandparents grew row upon row of the stately bushes, heavily laden with the shiny black-purple orbs. The plants are absolutely majestic in the vegetable garden with their luscious, draped, fanlike leaves and vibrant colors. My grandmother seemed to only ever fry eggplant. She …

What’s in Season: Best Corn Recipes

It’s high corn season! And, this summer vegetable is so versatile we’re having it nearly every meal. From sides and appetizers to entrées and desserts, it can be a part of a sweet or savory dish. To  take advantage of summer’s sweet corn while at its peak, I’ve rounded up all of my favorite recipes …

Best Tomato Recipes

It’s Hotter than Georgia Asphalt It’s super hot and the peak of summer. We may be wilting, but tomatoes are thriving! A garden-ripe, fresh tomato is the absolute ultimate in summer produce. Out of season tomatoes are flavorless rock-hard orbs shipped from some other hemisphere. Out of season tomatoes are pure disappointment. In season, tomatoes …

Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles

Healthy Turkey Meatballs: Keto-Friendly, No-Salt, and Perfect for Weeknight Summer Supper Summer is great for grilling and barbecues, but in the height of summer when it’s as hot as blue blazes, it’s nice to lighten things up with fresh flavors, more vegetables, and lighter proteins. (Hey, you’ve gotta balance out all all those racks of …

Southern Recipes: Spicy Pickled Okra

How to Cook Okra and Okra Recipes Of all the Southern recipes and ingredients I might love okra the most. I love this vegetable so much I wrote a book about it. Yup, a few years ago, I wrote an entire book about okra! However, folks are confused. Excited, they gasp, “You wrote a book …

Easy Grilling Recipes: Grilled Gumbo

Get Your Grill On This Weekend! It’s hump day and the weekend is right around the corner — and that means folks will be grilling! There is simply nothing in this world or the next that tastes like food kissed by fire and bathed in smoke.

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! Different kinds of potatoes. Different drippy dressings. Different shapes. Wildly different flavors include the pungent pop of vinegar; creamy concoctions comprised of mayonnaise, hard-cooked egg, and sour cream; the salty, …

What’s in Season: Asparagus

How to Cook Asparagus, How to Store, How to Trim, and How to Know When It is Done.  Spring is starting to kick into high gear! One of the first freshly harvested vegetables to enjoy is asparagus. Pencil thin or thick and hearty is a matter of personal preference. Regardless of size, when buying it …

How to Cook Leeks: Sautéed Leeks and Celery

Yikes! Take a look at that muddy mess of leeks! Soil or grit in food is the culinary equivalent to nails scratching a chalkboard. Yet buried beneath that dirt and soil are real kitchen treasures. Leeks are used as a base for soups, stews, stocks, and sauces. They can be poached, chilled, and served as …