2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC - Phone: 919.489.3944
750 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC - Phone: 919.967.3663
Both locations open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm

Spicy Pepper Jelly Marinated Pork Tenderloin

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I often serve this dish when I have guests because it makes for such easy entertaining—something you’d never know from the complex combination of flavors that emerges as the red wine and orange-spiked pepper jelly melt into a sweet and spicy glaze over the heat of the grill. Don’t forget to budget at least two hours of marinating time before firing up the grill.

Chicken and Sweet Potato Soup

Light but full of flavor, this wintry soup can be made several days in advance. Try it for lunch or dinner, with Jalapeño Corn Muffins or a Grilled Pimiento Cheese Sandwich with Grilled Ham. MAKES 2 ½ TO 3 QUARTS SOUP; SERVES 6 TO 8 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red […]

Say’s Coconut Cake with Seven-Minute Frosting

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Nothing finishes a meal quite so regally as layer cake; for Southerners, at least, it is the epitome of fine entertaining. This towering confection, draped in glossy white frosting and scattered with coconut, was one of my mother’s signature dinner party desserts. You can make the cake layers two days in advance, but make the […]

Espresso Shortbread Cookies

1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. sea salt 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup chocolate-covered espresso beans, chopped 1 Tbsp. finely ground espresso beans Wax paper 1/2 cup Demerara or turbinado sugar, divided 1. Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 2 to 3 minutes or […]

Cheesy Grits Soufflé

4 tsp. kosher salt, divided 2 cups uncooked regular yellow grits 3 cups milk 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears) 6 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 6 Tbsp. butter 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 tsp. hot sauce 1/2 tsp. freshly ground […]

Beet-and-Citrus Salad

Play with different citrus here, such as tangelos, blood oranges, or clementines.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

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Serve these from-scratch biscuits warm with butter, honey, and jam, along with two platters— one with seared slices of country ham and pepper jelly and another with deli ham and pimiento cheese.

Chicks in a Blanket

Dough-wrapped chicken-apple sausages are best fresh from the oven, so bake one batch at a time and serve warm.

Bloody Mary Bar

Stir together 8 cups tomato juice, 2 cups vodka, 1/3 cup prepared horseradish, 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce, 3/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 6 limes), 1 Tbsp. hot sauce, 2 tsp. sea salt, and 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper. Serve over ice with assorted vegetables. Makes about 3 qt. Hands-on 10 min., Total 10 min.  

Grilled and Roasted Fillet of Beef with Crispy Roasted Shallots

Photo By: Peter Frank Edwards

Roasted fillet of beef was a standard at my mom’s house during the holidays, and I always crave it when the weather turns crisp. When I make it, I start the meat on the grill for extra flavor and finish it in the oven, where it cooks more evenly and comes out juicy and tender. […]

2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC - Phone: 919.489.3944
750 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC - Phone: 919.967.3663
Both locations open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm