Southern Comfort

After more than a decade working with some of the best Southern chefs around in Charleston and Nashville Chef Cole Ellis decided to return to his roots.  He moved back to his hometown of Cleveland, Mississippi and in 2013 opened Delta Meat Market in the heart of town as a butcher shop and boutique grocer… Continue reading Southern Comfort

Mother’s Banana Cake

Some of my fondest memories from growing up are my birthday celebrations. These special days were always celebrated surrounded by either my childhood friends or family. However, every year one thing was always the same – the cake.   I remember as the time grew near to my birthday I would watch mother make our… Continue reading Mother’s Banana Cake

Seasonal Inspiration

Growing up as the youngest of five kids, south Louisiana native Scott Serpas helped his mother cook family meals from an early age. His memories of eating the simple, yet flavorful and memorable meals his mother prepared in their kitchen – red beans, seafood, crawfish, po-boys and shrimp boils – were the inspiration for keeping… Continue reading Seasonal Inspiration

JUST PEACHY

Growing up in Fort Valley, Georgia, Stephen Rose never had a bad peach. Eating succulent peaches right off the tree in the heart of Georgia’s peach country was de rigueur for him in summer. “When you bite into a perfectly ripe peach, it should surprise you with its sweetness,” Stephen claims. “You should have to… Continue reading JUST PEACHY

Peppered Bacon Wrapped Grilled Corn on the Cob

Labor Day cookouts signal the end of summer and with it, enjoying the last of iconic seasonal foods. Soon grilling hot dogs and cheeseburgers outside, eating farmers market blueberries, and making homemade ice cream will be things to look forward to for next year. Go out in a blaze of warm-weather glory with this recipe… Continue reading Peppered Bacon Wrapped Grilled Corn on the Cob

Smothered in Okra

It wasn’t easy being uprooted from the seafood-laden waters of south Louisiana and moving to the mountainous land-locked mill town of Dalton, Georgia. My momma, Doris Helen Richard, met and married my father, William Martin Sapp, Jr. in 1945 in Alexandria, Louisiana. With that single move, she not only encountered cultural and religious differences –… Continue reading Smothered in Okra

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Field Pea & Carolina Rice Hoppin’ John and Fried Okra

With summer produce at its peak, Chef Mike Davis of Columbia, S.C.’s Terra is spotlighting the South’s bounty in this simple, yet crave-worthy dish. Using all locally sourced produce, this dish is expertly crafted to let the ingredients shine and is a guest favorite. The recipe begins with perfectly cooked field peas from Yandle’s, a small produce market located right in the heart of Columbia. The field peas are combined with… Continue reading Grilled Mahi Mahi with Field Pea & Carolina Rice Hoppin’ John and Fried Okra

Southern Beaten Biscuits

Southern Beaten Biscuits date from the 19th century. They are different from regular soft biscuits in that they are more like soda crackers. The dough was originally made from flour, salt, sugar, lard, and cold water, and beaten with a hard object or against a hard surface. It is pricked with a fork prior to baking and… Continue reading Southern Beaten Biscuits

The Ol’ Nut Job

Ragged Branch Distillery was born from an idea Alex Toomy had with friends and now co-owners, Russell Nance and Chris Sarpy during the financial downturn in 2003. The trio embarked on a journey to establish a distillery at a farm in central Virginia on Ragged Mountain near Charlottesville.    After seeing David Pickerell, the former… Continue reading The Ol’ Nut Job

Virginia Willis’ Composed Salad for Spring

This salad does seem like a quite a bit of work, two pots on the stove and one in the oven. Admittedly, it does not adhere to Willis’ belief to make it easy for the home cook! But it’s so good we think it’s worth the extra effort. The chicken could easily be baked, as… Continue reading Virginia Willis’ Composed Salad for Spring

Acre Restaurant’s Fried Green Tomatoes

Acre, located in Auburn, AL, is named for its actual lot size and its fresh, seasonal approach to food. Leading the charge is Chef David Bancroft, who sources from on-site gardens and orchards, local farms, and the bounty provided by the Alabama Black Belt Region. Bancroft is reinterpreting the rich heritage of Alabama cuisine describing… Continue reading Acre Restaurant’s Fried Green Tomatoes

Lemon Icebox Tart with Saltine Cracker Crust

LEMON ICEBOX TART WITH SALTINE CRACKER CRUST is excerpted from SECRETS OF THE SOUTHERN TABLE © 2018 by Virginia Willis. Photographs © 2018 by Angie Mosier. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. Makes 1 (9-inch) tart I first tasted this pie at Crook’s Corner, the legendary Chapel Hill restaurant that’s had… Continue reading Lemon Icebox Tart with Saltine Cracker Crust

Sorghum Butter Roast Chicken

SORGHUM BUTTER ROAST CHICKEN is excerpted from SECRETS OF THE SOUTHERN TABLE © 2018 by Virginia Willis. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. Serves 4 to 6 Sorghum is Appalachia’s version of maple syrup. It’s the evaporated cane juice of a grain called sorghum that is pressed and then cooked in… Continue reading Sorghum Butter Roast Chicken

Southern Stir-Fry with Turnips and Greens

Southern Stir-Fry with Turnips and Greens is excerpted from SECRETS OF THE SOUTHERN TABLE © 2018 by Virginia Willis. Photographs © 2018 by Angie Mosier. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. Serves 4 to 6 The Mississippi River Delta, stretching for about one hundred miles along the banks of the mighty… Continue reading Southern Stir-Fry with Turnips and Greens

Cooking In Bitsy’s Kitchen

Food is love

Tastes of Winter

At Circa 81 in Beaufort, NC, Chef Clarke Merrell believes the cocktail is king. With over 30 cocktails on their menu at any given time (including seven different mojitos) they are always pushing the boundaries.  What better way to celebrate the Holidays than with these cocktails that highlight the tastes of Winter and are as fun… Continue reading Tastes of Winter

The Dead Rosetti

Through a nondescript wood door lighted by a single, wrought iron lamp, Micah LeMon and his staff pour their latest libations at James Beard award-nominated restaurant, The Alley Light, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Reminiscent of a speakeasy, the team works with Prohibition-level creativity to quench the ongoing cocktail renaissance. Cooler months usher in holidays with citrus… Continue reading The Dead Rosetti

Sweet Potato Layered Cheesecake

Calling on the flavors of Fall and Winter, Pastry Chef Tess Ward of Motor Supply Co. Bistro in Columbia, SC created a dessert with the perfect balance of creamy cheesecake and warm spice flavored sweet potatoes.  As one of our tasters said “This may be the best cheesecake I’ve ever eaten.”  We think so, too.… Continue reading Sweet Potato Layered Cheesecake

Rosemary-Thyme Roasted Leg of Lamb

As Executive Chef  for Motor Supply Co. Bistro in Columbia, SC, Chef Wesley Fulmer loves to use foods locally produced in his native South Carolina and in particular heritage breed meats.  For this recipe using a leg of lamb (found at most neighborhood butcher shops or grocery stores) he uses a St. Croix heritage breed lamb from… Continue reading Rosemary-Thyme Roasted Leg of Lamb

Creamy Southern Rutabaga Smash

As Executive Chef  for Motor Supply Co. Bistro in Columbia, SC, Chef Wesley Fulmer loves to use foods locally produced in his native South Carolina, mixing traditional culinary processes with modern techniques. Everything on the menu at Motor Supply Co. Bistro is either provided from local farms or house-made, such as stocks and sauces, desserts and house-butchered and… Continue reading Creamy Southern Rutabaga Smash

Smoky Brussels Sprout and Bacon Hash

As Executive Chef  for Motor Supply Co. Bistro in Columbia, SC, Chef Wesley Fulmer loves to use foods locally produced in his native South Carolina, mixing traditional culinary processes with modern techniques. For this Smoky Brussels Sprout recipe he uses cured pork jowl Carolina Heritage Farms in Pamlico, SC. If you don’t have it, don’t worry–just use… Continue reading Smoky Brussels Sprout and Bacon Hash

Maple Pumpkin Bread Pudding

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Mariana and Ross Burtwell made a bold decision. At Cabernet Grill, their fine dining restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas, the wine list would exclusively feature Texas wines. Wine Director Elizabeth Rodriguez says it was a natural choice. “Here we are surrounded by beautiful vineyards and delicious wines. What better choice to pair with Texas cuisine than… Continue reading Maple Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Warm Maple Brie with Apples, Cranberries, Dates & Pecans

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Chef Ross Burtwell of the famed Cabernet Grill in Fredericksburg, TX brings us this great appetizer. This brie is simple to make, yet so elegant on the table and its flavors are perfect for the holiday season. Paired with a great Texas wine, it will make a great addition to your holiday party. [separator type=”thin”]… Continue reading Warm Maple Brie with Apples, Cranberries, Dates & Pecans

Oyster and Chorizo Corn Bread Dressing

Chef Irv Miller of Jackson’s Steakhouse in Pensacola, FL believes in the beauty of local flavors. He’s been working in the Florida Panhandle and writing about the foods of the Gulf Coast for more than three decades. Adding oysters to Thanksgiving stuffing is a practice with a long history in the South, especially along the coast. In his simple… Continue reading Oyster and Chorizo Corn Bread Dressing

Glazed Fig Preserve Cake

Jonathon Scott Barrett is a seventh-generation Georgian with a deep appreciation of the history, foodways, and culture of the South. A nonprofit executive and CPA, Barrett is also a talented cook and host in culinary rich Savannah where he enjoys good bourbon and fine food – and when he gets the chance, fishing. This recipe for Glazed Fig… Continue reading Glazed Fig Preserve Cake

Crushing on Orange Pops

An old-fashioned favorite

Homemade Orange Sherbet

Creamy, orange, and refreshing

Old-Fashioned Fig Preserves

Just like Grandma’s

Peach Blueberry Crisp

Taste of Summer

Okra Pancakes

It goes without saying, that if you put a basket of okra in front of us, we are going to make something – anything!  We love okra anyway you fix it.  But of all the ways to prepare it, frying must top the list. Jason Smith of Cog Hill Farm shared this recipe for okra… Continue reading Okra Pancakes

Midnight in Mumbai

Made for porch sippin’

Vietnamese-Styled Breakfast Sandwich

Bánh Mì is typically a meat filled Vietnamese sandwich.  Usually made with French bread, our version substitutes English Muffins and our good Southern bacon made extra spicy with Sriracha for a great twist on this Vietnamese staple.   [columns_row width=”third-and-two-thirds”] [column]Ingredients 4 toasted English muffins 8 pieces Honey Sriracha Bacon (see below) 4 large eggs… Continue reading Vietnamese-Styled Breakfast Sandwich

Tomato Pie

Summer means tomatoes.  Lots and lots of tomatoes! Who doesn’t love them?  Paired with fresh basil and cheese and baked as a pie, you have the perfect Southern lunch.  Use your favorite type or mix them.  You can’t go wrong.  In her recipe, “Peanut” Belk from Wild Hope Farm in Chester, SC uses Greek yogurt… Continue reading Tomato Pie

Tarragon and Honey Quick Pickles

Cold, crisp cucumbers are a refreshing addition to any summer meal and Darby Weaver of Timpson Creek Farm in Clayton, GA loves to make these quick refrigerator pickles with various crops grown on the farm.  Instead of cucumbers, experiment with carrots, radishes, zucchini, squash, beets, okra and more.  The possibilities are endless.  No need to… Continue reading Tarragon and Honey Quick Pickles

Pork Soda

The Blind Pig Supper Club followers & fans of the Primus album Pork Soda clicked the ticket link immediately, as if Les Claypool himself would be the entertainment. They knew that the affordable price would go farther than paying for a meal, even if that meal was more stellar than any one restaurant would provide. [dropcap… Continue reading Pork Soda

A Chef’s Journey

Soul revival

Beyond the Mint Julep

Around Derby time in Kentucky horse country you’re likely to hear spirited debates about jockeys, breeders and trainers, but the fiercest disagreements are generally reserved for a cocktail, the Mint Julep.                  Muddled –vs- Bruised Mint                  Sugar Cubes –vs- Powdered… Continue reading Beyond the Mint Julep

Southern Breakfast Biscuit

Biscuits are a great vehicle for any sandwich. But why not combine three of our favorite Southern ingredients for the ultimate Southern taste – collards, a fried egg and crispy prosciutto or bacon. [separator type=”thin”] Easy Basic Collard Greens Everybody has their own way of preparing this Southern staple. You can add onions, garlic, red pepper flakes… Continue reading Southern Breakfast Biscuit

Pork Neck Bone Stew

If you want the taste of a boucherie at home, try this recipe for pork neck bones, made in the tradition of backbone stew. At a boucherie, you would render pork fat for your lard and steal some of the water used to boil the meats for boudin as your stock, but for this recipe,… Continue reading Pork Neck Bone Stew

Taste of a Classic

An Alys Beach favorite

Julu’s Tea Cakes

A Southern tradition

It’s Pudding Time

Whole Hog Pudding, Mustard Pommes Puree, Oyster Mushrooms, Fresh Tomato and Soft Egg This dish, named after the Primus song, is inspired by a traditional Irish breakfast. With oats and grains often in plentitude, they carry the pork well. White Pudding has been a popular cultural staple across much of England, Ireland and Scotland with variations… Continue reading It’s Pudding Time

Tastes Like Home

Mama’s chicken pot pie

Memories of Po

Recreating a grandfather’s cookie favorite.

Winter Pork & Potatoes

The perfect centerpiece to any dinner table.

Italian Baked Eggs

Make this a new breakfast favorite.

Garlic Crabs

Melissa Martin shares a favorite family recipe.

Sissu’s Chocolate Sauce

Food has a way of connecting us to the past.

Eat Your Veggies

Chadwick Boyd’s fresh kick to a classic dish.

Hurry Up Summer

Giving a facelift to the iconic Old Fashioned.

Stand up, Joey

The longer it sits, the hotter it gets.