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

Coffee-Ancho Filets and a Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom Tour

All opinions stated in this post are 100% mine. This week Jim and I went to the Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom in Atlanta for a tour and cooking demonstration. This trip was our second, and we were equally as impressed as we were the first time ....more

Peach Pandowdy

In the 1970s, Aberdeen, Mississippi, population 6,000, was fairly slim on eating establishments. Ernie’s Fountain Grill enticed idle high school kids to hang out. Adam’s Dairy Bar served the best burgers and milkshakes in town ....more

Coffee-Ancho Filets and a Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom Tour

This week Jim and I went to the Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom in Atlanta for a tour and cooking demonstration. This trip was our second, and we were equally as impressed as we were the first time. Since our last trip, the showroom has relocated from the suburbs to the Buckhead area of Atlanta which was much more convenient for us. The new space is spectacular....more

Lemon Icebox Cupcakes

Jim loves lemon desserts. So, being the good partner that I am, I have to gratify his sweet tooth sometimes with some lemony confection. We typically can’t have sweets around the house, lest we overindulge ....more