Chicken Gumbo Pot Pies

We had our first cold snap this weekend and after waking up to a low of 43 degrees on Sunday morning, the mood hit me to make a big pot of something warm and comforting. After some consideration and an inventory of the refrigerator, chicken gumbo jumped to the top of the list. I’ve written before that my family has ties to south Louisiana and Cajun and creole food ....more

Bacon and Apple Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Maple Apple Glaze

I spent last weekend in the mountains of North Carolina where the autumn weather is a little ahead of ours in Atlanta. As I drove along the beautiful, scenic mountain roads, I passed countless apple orchards all competing for my attention. As I thought about the first bite of a freshly picked apple and the explosion of flavor in my mouth, I relented and wheeled into Justus Orchards ....more

Parmesan Chicken with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers

How many of you cooks are often stuck in the kitchen alone while your family or dinner guests are having fun in another room? I’ve learned over years of entertaining that it’s more fun to incorporate the cooking process into the party. In other words, bring your guests into the kitchen to visit with you while you cook or to help in the process ....more

Pimento Cheese-Bacon Burger

When I build a burger, I like to make it a “how wide can you open your mouth” challenge. I love fully-loaded burgers with lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheese and the messier the better. If I don’t go through three or four napkins, I haven’t had the full hamburger experience ....more

Bacon-Mushroom Frittata {Plus a Cookbook Giveaway}

Fellow southerner and best-selling cookbook author, Morgan Murphy, recently sent me a copy of his latest cookbook for Southern Living. Bourbon & Bacon: The Ultimate Guide to the South’s Favorite Food Groups reflects his love of...more

Stuffed Peppers

I’ve probably said before that I came into this world with a ravenous appetite. When I was a child, raiding the refrigerator was one of my favorite pastimes. My Mom would regularly look for something in the fridge that she had planned for dinner, and whatever she was looking for disappeared days ago as a snack for little Billy ....more

Thai Salmon with Ginger and Shitake Mushrooms

I have mixed feelings about the change of seasons. I’m a spring/summer kind of guy, and I always suffer a little melancholy as September rolls around. Summer vacations are over, and Atlanta traffic indicates kids are back in school ....more

Lobster, Avocado, and Mango Stack

Jim and I have traveled all over the world and although we’ve been to many exciting destinations, we both agree that Provincetown, Massachusetts remains our very favorite vacation spot. This totally preserved New England town, brimming with history, sits at the very tip of Cape Cod. In 1620, at the end of a 60-day journey on the Mayflower, the pilgrims...more

Tandoori Chicken

We recently went to Cardamom Hill, one of Atlanta’s premier Indian restaurants, for some of the best Indian food I’ve had a long time. Chef Asha Gomez specializes in fried chicken of all things, and if that wasn’t “southern” enough, she serves it on a waffle! Now granted it is indeed fried chicken, but I wouldn’t say it’s the traditionally southern version ....more

Green Goddess Chicken Salad with Fennel and Red Pepper

I’m old enough to remember the Green Goddess salad dressing craze from the 70s and 80s. Anybody else remember it? Made popular in the 70s by Seven Seas (now part of Kraft Foods), this herb-tinted dressing got its start at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco ....more