I’ve had a long, slow introduction to Southern cooking—from my first trips to the South on summer vacations as a child, to my current “research” in restaurants and cookbooks about Southern cooking. I can vividly remember my first taste of…

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The arrival of local asparagus signals spring -like the smell of moist earth on a warm March day, or the tips of daffodils breaking through dirt. In these days of the global market, now we don’t have to wait for Spring.…

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first [furst] – noun: 1. that which precedes all others in time, order or importance. (See also: breakfast) Whether you sit down to a bowl of cereal and milk, or a blackberry Brie omelet, breakfast with loved ones during the…

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Tailgating is a learned skill – we learn through our successes and mistakes—and like most challenges, we keep trying to perfect our skills. We learn how to keep the food cold and/or hot—how to efficiently pack the car to maximize…

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Is it just my competitive nature, or is this everyone’s scenario? At every potluck, I watch to see if my contribution is “selling.” It’s true validation when mine is the first empty dish, but I’ll take anywhere in the top couple…