Fantastic Fried Chicken

I am not sure if I’ve ever met a person who didn’t like fried chicken. Not everyone loves fried chicken, but most will chow down if it’s at a cook-out or Sunday dinner. That being said, you need a go-to recipe. I am by no means saying this is the best recipe, but it is […]


Blood Orange Margarita

Warm weather is here and there is no better way to enjoy it than with a delicious margarita. Make this Cinco de Mayo a little more memorable by serving this margarita, which is as delicious as it is fun and festive in color!   2 oz Cuervo Gold 2 oz blood orange juice 1 oz […]


Steak Savvy

Photos by L.G. Patterson Cote du Boeuf, ribeye, Scotch fillet, cowboy ribeye, Delmonico, tomahawk, or whatever you want to call a steak from the rib primal section of beef. There are nine primal sections of beef, only three are considered to be sedentary (rib, loin and sirloin). The muscles in these sections are rarely used, […]


Get Crackin’

Eggs. They are my go-to in all situations, from a traditional morning breakfast to an “I-have-nothing-in-the-fridge-but-3-eggs-and-a-block-of-cheese dinner.” They are classic, delicious and easy to execute. One of my favorite versions of an egg is an omelette. It’s a perfect blank canvas for many different flavor combinations. This version is pigged up with a handsome amount […]



Bierocks are a traditional dish of Volga Germans, a community of Germans that lived in the southern part of Russia. This is where my mother’s family immigrated from in the early 20th century. Bierocks is a dish that I grew up with and is therefore very sentimental to my family, because of its heritage. I […]


Hot Stuff

Ah, rum. That amber intoxicant historically prized by pirates. We tend to associate it with warm weather, exotic vacations and tropical drinks such as pina coladas. But rum can serve as the basis for some decidedly delicious cold weather warmers as well. Here, Chef Amanda Elliott shares a recipe for a hot rum toddy that’s […]


Winter Warmer

Not your ordinary hot chocolate… Enjoy this winter-inspired drink for a salted and caramelized white hot chocolate.  


A New Take On Chili

Take a break from the high acid of tomato chili with white chicken chili, which has many of the same flavor profiles and spice, but adds a whole new dimension to an old favorite. MEAT You can use ground chicken or turkey, but there is something about chunks of stewed chicken that makes the chili. […]