Brown Butter Nectarine and Blueberry Cobbler

If you live in the South, cobbler is in your blood. We Southerners grow up eating the ubiquitous dessert from an early age. Although there are may variations of cobblers, the one that I remember was the Peach Cobbler at Shelaine Restaurant in my hometown ....more

Welcome Home, Milo!

I want to acknowledge my absence from the blog for the last couple of weeks and offer an explanation. We took a 9-day vacation and spent the following weekend with friends at their lake house, but the real reason is that we have a new addition to our family. I realize that this is a food blog, but having a baby to attend to is a significant enough life event that it warrants space on Southern Boy Dishes ....more

Horseradish-Crusted Strip Steaks

We’re just back from a marathon drive up the West Coast. We started in Los Angeles and drove along US 1 to Brookings, Oregon in 8 days, stopping somewhere different every night. Whew! ...more

Mushroom, Burrata, and Arugula Crostini

Burrata seems to be everywhere these days. I frequently observe it on restaurant menus around town. I’d had it before in an appetizer and I knew it was delicious, but I...more

Calzones with Smoked Chicken, Collards, and Pimento Cheese

There’s nothing better than something smoked for the Fourth of July. It doesn’t matter whether you’re making ribs, pulled pork, salmon, or chicken; it’s just not the 4th without some form of outdoor cooking. Whenever I fire up the smoker, I make enough of whatever I’m cooking to last for several meals ....more

Blueberry Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet

The Deep South heatwave has hit! We’ve been in the mid- to upper-90s for a couple of weeks now. I spend my days at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doing technology consulting ....more

Summer Pizza with Smoked Chicken

I have a confession to make. I’m an occasional QVC shopper. There…I said it ....more

Watermelon Old Cuban

This post is sponsored by the Georgia Watermelon Association. All opinions are completely my own. At least once every summer when I was a child, my Grandma would invite us over to her house for watermelon ....more

Crabmeat Ceviche + a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know about my ties to South Louisiana. My Mom’s sister and her family lived in the Lake Charles area, and road trips to that part of the country were an annual summer occurrence for our family. Years later, I attended college in South Mississippi, which is a hop, skip, and a jump from New Orleans ....more

Crabmeat Ceviche + a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Back in the day, Cajun Chef Paul Prudhomme was famous for popularizing blackened seafood. His restaurant, K-Paul's, was a favorite stop, along with Commander's Palace, Antoine's, and Galatoire's. I've certainly eaten my share of Louisiana shrimp, crawfish, oysters, and crab at these establishments over the years....more