Hot Pepper Jelly How-to

Hot pepper jelly is the mainstay of a well stocked Southern pantry. Spooned over a generous portion of cream cheese, it is the go-to appetizer for many Southern hostesses. The hot, muggy climate seems to make for the perfect growing conditions for a wide variety of capsaicin-laden peppers. Sweet, tart, and spicy, hot pepper jelly […]

Bodacious Pulled Pork

In the South, we count the days until Memorial Day weekend. While our friends in the Midwest are still waiting for the snow to thaw and temperatures to climb, we are already wearing shorts and barefootin’. Most kids are out of school or marking their last days, when Memorial Day rolls around. Memorial Day is the […]

Pimento Cheese from Scratch

My family moved from the Boston suburbs to rural North Georgia when I was ten. I am told that my sister and I are still considered to be “GRITS” (Girls Raised In The South) since we spent more than half of our lives in the South. Growing up we ate more than our fair share […]

St. George Island Oysters Roasted

In 2001, we rented a house on St. George Island which is near the thirty-mile, shallow oyster paradise known as Apalachicola on the Florida panhandle. This was at the height of the Bay’s oyster production. Dom bought a bail of oysters which we stored in one of the bathtubs with 25 pounds of ice. The […]

Atlanta Food And Wine Festival Celebrates Fifth Year

It’s nearly here. Many of us having been anxiously awaiting the fifth annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. On May 29th, the festival will once again take over Midtown. In its fifth year, the three-day festival will offer guests over 100 cooking and cocktail demonstrations, technique labs, food and beverage tasting seminars and panel discussions. […]

Introducing Georgia Grinders

National Peanut Butter Day seems to be the perfect occasion to introduce the recently launched line of handcrafted “Georgia Grinders” Peanut Butters from Georgia native, Jaime Foster, whose “NaturAlmond” Almond Butters were featured on Oprah’s popular O-List in August 2013. These artisanal peanut butters, available in both Creamy and Crunchy varieties, are made with two […]

Truly “The Best” Corn Muffins

A change will do you good. This was confirmed when after 20 years, I decided to try a different recipe for corn muffins. Every good Southern cook has a favorite recipe for corn bread. Our go-to recipe had been Paul Prudhomme’s because the cornbread muffins served at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans were the […]