Jan26

Grilled Shrimp and Cheese Grits

Over the weekend I went to Food Blog South, a celebration of Southern food and Southern bloggers. This first time conference was, overall, a wonderful experience and I highly recommend those interested in the food culture of the South to consider attending their next event.  Our lunch during the conference was a favorite of mine – grits!  We  had three options for topping the grits: green beans, braised pork cheeks, and Gulf...

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May21

Bourbon Bacon Jam

I have been meaning to make this recipe for a long while now. Ever since Kevin on Top Chef and Lisa at Homesick Texan made their versions of bacon jam I have been dreaming of the day when I would make mine.  Like any jam you can make it any flavor you like best.  I like bourbon and I like maple syrup. Those flavors, with their earthy caramel notes and natural sweetness, are the perfect foil to salty, smoky bacon. I recommend you get...

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Sep23

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo in White Wine Sauce

I love easy meals that look and taste like a million bucks. I can make this meal in thirty minutes or less, it tastes great, and it is nice enough for weeknight guests. Bonus! During the week I refuse to fry, so when I want something super crunchy I turn to my oven and panko bread crumbs. The Japanese deserve an award for creating these super-versatile crumbs.  Not only do they add terrific crunch, they brown beautifully and make the...

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