Seared Scallops with Pea Pesto

Every summer our family hit the road in our 1965 sky blue Pontiac Catalina for a family vacation. One year our destination was the Great Smoky Mountains with stops in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Fontana Dam. On another trip, we followed my Aunt Sarah and Uncle Vernon and their popup camper to the mountains of North Georgia ....more

Biscuits with Grandma

Grandma’s house was very familiar. Perhaps it was because I spent so much time there as a youngster. My grandparents built the family home at 703 South Meridian Street in the 1920s ....more

Crab Cake Club Sandwich

I’ve been an East Coast guy for a good part of my life, but the West Coast has always had a subtle pull for me. Perhaps part of the draw has something to do with my love of the 60s music scene in California. The Bay Area was the epicenter of 60s rock music with the likes of Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead ....more

Shallot Dill Salmon with Potato Webs

Do you ever feel like a salmon swimming against the current? The last couple of weeks have felt like that to me. I’ve been only moderately successful at managing my to-do list as life continues flying by ....more

Cinco de Mayo Southern Boy Style

I sometimes feel like we celebrate Cinco de Mayo all summer long. Mexican food and margaritas become a regular part of our diet during the summer months. Our favorite Mexican restaurant has a rooftop deck and weekends often find us there with friends ....more

Spring Dishin’ Southern Boy Style

Just so you’ll know, I’m a total geek. I admit it. So…I’m celebrating spring with a new tech toy ....more

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