Southern Fusion: Hot Cracklin’ and Radish Sprout Kimchi Salad

Oh my goodness I created a simple Southern fusion salad today, tossing fresh hot cracklin’s with spicy radish-sprout kimchi and perching it atop of a bed of baby spinach leaves lightly dressed with sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. It’s a play on a spinach salad with hot bacon dressing, where instead of ketchup and…

Persimmon, Fall’s Tomato

I can’t believe I’ve never eaten a ripe persimmon before this week. There was a persimmon tree behind one of the houses our family rented when I was growing up, but I must have always been too impatient with it. I’d only ever eaten them puckery. But then this week Alan, my brother, started agitating…

Recipe: Cornbread or Biscuits? Apricot Bread Pudding with Dewar’s Whisky Sauce

I’m going to take a short break from cataloguing the culinary foibles of my pop-up Mardi Gras Dinner at Ratho Farm to write about something that went mostly right that night, the dessert course, Cornbread or Biscuits? Apricot Bread Pudding with Dewar’s Whisky Sauce. The question of whether cornbread or biscuits was more quintessentially Southern came…

Southern Food Road Trip: Tennessee Holodeck Replies

Memphis, TN – Yesterday and today I’m learning all about smoke and barbecue. I spent half the day yesterday with Helen Miller, the country’s only African American  barbecue pitmaster and, according to her customers, the best bar none. (I had to start a second laundry bag for the BBQ clothes!) Pics and video of that tomorrow. My…

Southern Food Road Trip: Days 1&2

Humboldt, TN – Two days and 550 miles into this epic Southern food road trip it’s become clear that finding the time to write about it along the way is going to be the biggest challenge, (knock wood.) This morning it’s happening at 4 am, Keurig-fueled, in the dead silence that comes from being surrounded by tall…

Pickling Practice

Quick pickling is the “put a bird on it” of the culinary world.