Banana Cream Pie

Monsoon season has descended on Atlanta, and for the last couple of weeks an endless barrage of rain storms moved through the area. The sun seems to have forsaken us. I’m a spring kind of guy, and this time of year I crave those 70-degree days filled with sunshine, daffodils, and azaleas ....more

Spring Pasta with Peas, Asparagus, and Sugar Snaps

Fresh green peas scream spring to me. Also known as English or garden peas, these emerald legumes require nothing more than just a little butter and salt to make a delightful side dish. They need very little cooking to bring out their sweet and subtle flavor ....more

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

Our good friend, Felix, is the first generation child of Cuban immigrants. His parents left everything behind and fled Cuba in the 1950s during the Cuban revolution. Starting with nothing, they built a successful life in Florida and raised four children ....more

Blood Orange Margarita

I love a good dirty martini. There’s just something so elegant about sipping this classic cocktail out of a frosted, inverted-cone-shaped glass....more

Burrito Bowl with Carnitas

When warm weather hits Atlanta, the natives all head for restaurants with outdoor dining. On a balmy weekend night, it’s almost impossible to be seated outside at our favorite haunts. For us, sitting on a patio with great friends, a big pitcher of margaritas, and Mexican food makes for the perfect Saturday night ....more

Pimento Cheese Wontons with Bacon Apple Jam

Hey, y’all! I may have had a Paula Deen moment in my kitchen this weekend. There may have been some cheese frying going on ....more

Chicken Noodle Soup

Spring has arrived in Atlanta! Buds are popping out everywhere and in the next week or so the trees will burst into that vivid green that I love so much. The ornamental cherry trees are like washes of snow and the redbuds contrast the white with the most spectacular purple ....more

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Whenever I write a recipe, I always start by doing a little research on the history of the dish and looking at 10 or more recipes. I decided to make carnitas for this post, and after a little digging, I was a little surprised to find the authentic Mexican version is made by slowly braising pork in lard or oil over 3 or 4 hours. Most of the recipes I reviewed were not truly authentic and called for braising the pork in liquid, with many of them including citrus juice ....more

Roasted Roma Tomatoes

We had a pizza dinner party last week for our friends, Bruce and Felix, and Felix’s daughter, Sierra. When I’m making pizza, I go a little crazy with toppings. It’s an obsession ....more

Fried Chicken Tacos with Collard Slaw & Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Now that’s a long title for a taco, right? I love every element of this recipe, so I really wanted to put them all in the title to entice you to take a closer look. Fried chicken is the star of the show, but it’s not complete without the collard green slaw, and of course, the chipotle ranch dressing is icing on the cake ....more