Whenever I’m at the market during tomato season, I keep my eyes peeled for what the farmers call “ugly tomatoes.” You can buy them for a song because they’re bruised, misshapen, or ripe to the point of bursting, but that makes them perfect for canning or cooking. This sweet and savory tomato jam, which is […]
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.
My mom’s vinegar-based barbecue sauce, which she made to go along with my dad’s pulled pig, is utterly addictive. Sprinkle it over Wood-Smoked Backyard Barbecued Pig or Slow-Roasted Pulled Pork Butt. MAKES ABOUT 2 CUPS 2 cups apple cider vinegar 1⁄2 cup unpacked light brown sugar 1⁄4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 […]
Memphis is known for its dry-rubbed barbecue ribs, which are all about intense spices and the unadorned texture of low-and-slow-cooked meat. The two-step cooking process I use here—the meat is first slow-cooked in the oven, then finished over a hot grill—ensures succulent, crispy-edged, tender ribs every time, rendering sauce fully optional. Even so, sauce person […]
This not-too-sweet variation on the classic pound cake is wonderful served with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream and fresh berries. The cake keeps well, and can be frozen, too. MAKES ONE 10-INCH BUNDT CAKE; SERVES 10 TO 12 3 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon […]
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.
I believe the real reason people love Buffalo wings is not for the wings at all, but for the combination of the spicy sauce and the blue cheese. This version, made with chicken breasts cut into thin strips, give you all the good stuff without the hassle of eating the meat off those tiny little […]
Herb butter is so easy to make, and so nice to have around to use on many things: steak, chicken, fish, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, biscuits, or to make toasted bread. Some flavor combinations I like are: chili powder and lime, roasted garlic and thyme, horseradish with mixed herbs, honey and rosemary. 8 […]
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.
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 […]