2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC - Phone: 919.489.3944
Open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm
Foster's Market of Chapel Hill is now The Root Cellar - Phone: 919.967.3663

Summer Succotash

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Succotash is a traditional stew of fresh butter beans and corn made velvety by the last-minute addition of butter. The basics—beans and corn—are a must, but beyond that it seems most every Southern family has its own particular version. I typically let the farmer’s market determine the mix of vegetables, but this rendition, with sweet bell peppers, basil, and summer squash, is one of my all-time favorites.

Mixed Bean Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

Mixed Bean Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

Allowing the farmer’s market to determine the mix of beans in this filling salad gives new meaning to the traditional “three-bean salad.” Fresh beans are always a treat, but I make this dish year-round by using canned navy, garbanzo, or cannellini beans when fresh ones aren’t available. If using canned beans, just skip the blanching step and toss the beans with the herb vinaigrette.

Holiday Cornbread Dressing

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This moist and flavorful cornbread dressing—or what you non-Southerners may call stuffing—appeared in Martha Stewart Living, and it remains one of our most requested recipes at the Market. The mix of pillowy egg bread and crusty, grainy cornbread is a real winner. Try stirring in leeks and wild mushrooms in spring or oysters and hot […]

Salt and Pepper Skillet Cornbread

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Some Southerners will happily argue till they are blue in the face defending the honor of unsweetened cornbread, a preference that tends to divide the South from the North. But I find that a touch of sugar adds a layer of complexity that is well worth breaking the rules. More important to me is the […]

Creamy Grits with Roasted Butternut Squash and Blue Cheese

Photo By: Peter Frank Edwards

Oven-caramelized squash and tangy blue cheese make this creamy side hearty enough to double as a vegetarian entrée. It makes an excellent weeknight supper crumbled with crispy bacon or prosciutto and served with a simple green salad and a glass of crisp, sweet Sauternes or creamy Chardonnay. SERVES 4 TO 6 1  small butternut squash,  […]

Fried Green Tomatoes with Buttermilk Green Goddess Dressing

Photo by Peter Frank Edwards

I’ve shared recipes for fried green tomatoes before, but each time I’ve tried to gussy them up by adding herbs or layering them with other ingredients. I like those dishes, of course, but the fact is there is something wonderful about making fried green tomatoes the way my mother and grandmother made them- that is, […]

Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Avocado, Roasted Corn and Grape Tomatoes


I tasted fresh mozzarella for the first time when I loved to New York City in the ’80s. Growing up in Tennessee, I’d had only the mozzarella you find in grocery stores; that was considered “gourmet cheese” in our house. As with the first time I tasted fresh herbs, roasted peppers, or asparagus that didn’t […]

Quick Pickles

These can easily be made up to a week ahead of and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. MAKES ABOUT 1 CUP ½ cup rice vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint juice of one lime (about 1 to 2 tablespoons) 1 teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 […]

Creamy Cole Slaw with Frisee and Apple


If you can’t find fresh frisée lettuce, simply add another cup of shredded cabbage. Try this as a topping on my Turkey Burgers with Sweet Pickles. MAKES ABOUT 4 CUPS 2 cups shredded cabbage 1 small head frisée, washed, drained, and torn into bite-size pieces 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into thin strips (julienned) 10 […]

Dilly Snap Beans

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My dad used to make these crisp and vinegary dilly beans every summer, in those fleeting moments between the time the bean bushes bear fruit and the grazing deer eat their fill. My sister has since taken over this tradition, and the few precious jars she gives us each year are worth their weight in […]

2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC - Phone: 919.489.3944
Open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm
Foster's Market of Chapel Hill is now The Root Cellar - Phone: 919.967.3663