This Friday and Saturday you’ll find me at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival.

This Friday and Saturday you’ll find me at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival in Charleston, SC. On Friday afternoon from 2 to 3:30 I will be doing a demo at the SieMatic VIP lounge and on Saturday from 1 to 1:45, I am  judging the biscuit battle. Come join me!!! The…


Huguenot Torte

  Serves 8 o 10 2 large eggs 1 ½ cups sugar 4 tablespoons flour 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup finely diced tart apple 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Whipped cream for garnish 1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts Preheat the oven to 325 F.…


Pimento Cheese

Serves 2 to 4 people 8 ounces sharp cheddar, coarsely shredded ½ cup jarred pimentos, drained and finely diced ¼ cup mayonnaise Homemade style whole wheat bread Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Spread the cheese on the bread to make sandwiches and cut into quarters.…


Crab Soup

Serves 4 to 6 5 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ cup finely chopped onion ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ pound cooked crabmeat (the church ladies use canned) 2 ½ cups whole milk, divided 2 cups heavy cream 2 cups half and half ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce or to taste ¼…


Kitchen Shrink: Is there a way to save lemon rinds after squeezing out the juice?

I recently received an e-mail from Elsie asking, “Is there a way to save lemon rinds after squeezing out the juice . . . .  I hate tossing those beautiful lemon shells.” I put on my Kitchen Shrink apron and thought of lots of ways empty lemon shells could have a…


Roasted Vegetable and Fresh Ricotta Sandwiches

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 35 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 35 Minutes Suggested Accompaniments: Roasted kale and parsnip strips 1 small eggplant (about 10 ounces) 1 large zucchini (about 12 ounces) 1 ½ pounds plum tomatoes (about 6 medium) 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground…


Picadillo Sloppy Joes

  Picadillo Sloppy Joes Total preparation time: 30 minutes Makes 4 servings (3 ½ cups filling) 1 medium onion 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 pound ground chuck, round, or sirloin One 4½-ounce can chopped green chiles ½ cup pimiento-stuffed green olives 1-cup chili sauce…


CreateTV’s 2017 Cooking Challenge has just started and I will be one of the judges.

Calling all professional chefs and home cooks interested in winning a web series on CreateTV.com! The Create Cooking Challenge 2017, sponsored by American Public Television, has just launched and you have until March 1st to submit online a short, original YouTube video featuring your best culinary project, recipe, or tip. This is…


Chicken, Shrimp, Peanut and Cashew Stew

Chicken, Shrimp, Peanut and Cashew Stew Serves 6 to 8 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut into 8 pieces with the skin on 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice ½ pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, about 20 shrimp 4 tablespoons dende oil ½…


Smoky Fish Chowder

Makes about 9 cups, 4 servings Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 8 ounces Canadian bacon 1 medium onion 2 medium celery sticks 1 pound boiling potatoes, such as Yukon gold or Red Bliss 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh thyme…


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