Sure Cure

Your house may become a revolving door at this time of the year with guests coming and going. Some guests may be more announced than others. Cheese and crackers are great to have on hand, but having something a little more personal can make…

Wrap It Up

Fall will be here before this month is over. Inevitably, there will be a night before a tailgate and you will need an item to bring. Angels on Horseback is a simple choice to take to a tailgate; it’s always a crowd pleaser. The traditional…

Bite Your Tongue

preconceived notions discourage you — just trust me. I promise, if you like braised short ribs, pot roast or osso bucco, you will love lenguas tacos, or as they say in Spanish, tacos de lenguas. The tacos combine the delicious flavor of…

Just Peachy

We wait throughout the spring for peaches and when they finally arrive we race to the market each weekend to get them. After the first several weeks, the trees are full and the lines are shorter. By that time, we have tired of cobblers,…

Join The Flan Club

Flan, aka crème caramel, is a whole-egg custard (as opposed to its cousin crème brûlée, which is made with only yolks) featuring caramel poured into the ramekin/vessel followed by the custard. Flan was created to help use excess eggs. The…

Kiss My Grits!

What is a grit? Depending on where you grew up, a grit — or grits — can mean very different things. For some (as a kid, my brother was one who thought such) a grit is synonymous with redneck, hick, hillbilly or Hoosier (although the…

Squeeze Play

We use lemon juice frequently in our culinary classes, for everything from making hollandaise to keeping apples from oxidizing. New students will come to me in a panic and say, “We are out of lemon juice!” Each time I have the same…

Fat Tuesday Flavor

What is the relationship between étouffée (pronounced ay-too-fay), gumbo and jambalaya? You might be able to give a general description of each, but if you take away the rice, the descriptions become almost identical. Here are the general…

Cheesy Chic

’Tis the season to entertain. Sometimes guests are expected and sometimes they just pop in. No matter what the case, it helps to have something to munch on hand. You don’t have to feel tied down to only offering cereal snacks and nuts. With…

This Might Sound Corny…

As the weather gets cold and Thanksgiving comes around, cornbread becomes a popular dish on the table. In the South, it is a common side dish year-round. A little butter and honey on the cornbread makes it even better. You don’t have to…

Guten Appetit!

Oktoberfest started in 1810 when Germans celebrated the royal wedding of King Ludwig and Queen Therese with a party in Munich. Oktoberfest from the celebration runs from the end of September though the first weekend of October. The festival…

Summer Soup

Cold soups are refreshing in hot weather. When people think of cold soups, they usually visualize a bowl of vichyssoise or tomato gazpacho. If you’re looking for something energizing but a little out of the norm, I have just the thing.…

Pizza With Pizzazz

It’s getting too hot to have the oven fight with the air conditioner. Now is a good time to crank up the grill and expand your repertoire beyond burgers and brats. Grilling pizza doesn’t take much effort or prior planning; in most cases you…

Makin’ Bacon

The pig is an amazing animal. From one part we get the lean loin yielding pork chops and tenderloin; from another we get the succulent pork shoulder. Then there is the belly, which gives us the most marvelous gift of all: bacon. Bacon is an…

The Taste Of Ireland

Corned beef actually has nothing to do with corn. The English once used the word “corn” to describe anything that was small, hard and granular, in this case the size of the salt grains used to dry-cure corned beef. Although most corned beef…

Wake Up!

People drink coffee all the time, but most don’t really know what it is or how it is made. Most think it’s just roasted beans that have been ground and have hot water poured through them. While that a simple explanation, there is so much…

Chili Days Ahead

It’s getting colder and you’re getting busier. You need a one-pot meal to feed the masses — family, guests or anyone coming over to your house for a little grub. It doesn’t have to be complicated or get every piece of equipment in the…

Inside BBQ Judging

I was lucky enough to land a spot competing with a good friend last month in the Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ competition. Many fans of barbecue may think the competition sounds intriguing — until you’ve participated in the competition. If you…

Greek Salad Recipe

Several of you have asked for a recipe to make a Greek salad like the one that appears on the July cover of Inside Columbia. Here you go! Greek Salad 4 servings Salad 1 Large Cucumber, seeded and cut into ½ inch…