Reviving Old Recipes: Carolina Rice and Wheat Bread

I’ve had this obsession with old community cookbooks for a couple of years now, snatching them up whenever I find them at thrift stores, flea markets, etc.  There are two shelves on our big bookcase full of spiral bound journals of recipes from as early as 1933 and as late as 1991.  Honestly, I prefer… Continue reading Reviving Old Recipes: Carolina Rice and Wheat Bread

Southern Pork Ramen Broth

My improvised "Southern Pork Ramen Broth" on the simmer.

I volunteered to make “meat and a lot of it” for the annual Savannah-Chatham Citizen Advocacy Covered Dish Supper, and decided I’d try my hand at smothered pork chops. My plan was to make pork stock, make gravy from it, then sous vide the pork chops (all 35 pounds of them), so I could do… Continue reading Southern Pork Ramen Broth

Another InstantPot Adventure: Taco Fried Rice!

My youngest and I invented a new thing in the Instant Pot last night (if it already exists, OK, but I didn’t know about it): taco fried rice! It was a “throw it all in and see what happens” dish, but here’s the basic recipe: Ingredients: 1 medium onion, medium dice (a little smaller than… Continue reading Another InstantPot Adventure: Taco Fried Rice!

Instant Pot Chicken Stock Gone Wild

We got an Instant Pot after Thanksgiving, and it’s probably the single greatest kitchen purchase I’ve ever made. We make dinner in it at least three times a week now. My latest Instant Pot adventure is an attempt to cure my cold with chicken stock. I took what I liked from the Hainanese Chicken (garlic,… Continue reading Instant Pot Chicken Stock Gone Wild

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chess Pie

I entered a pie contest. It’s my first baking competition and I may have taken it a little too seriously. I spent many weekend days experimenting with different kinds of chess pie, (because the Chocolate Orange Chess Pie was such a hit at Christmas, and chess pie is delicious!). I tried a Mexican Hot Chocolate… Continue reading Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chess Pie

The Simplest Recipe Ever: Sriracha Baked Potatoes

I love Sriracha. I love playing with it because it does really interesting things when it’s cooked. It’s complex and simple at the same time. Unlike a lot of hot sauces, it doesn’t just taste like vinegar and heat – there’s sweetness, smoke and a great chili flavor underneath the (considerable) heat. When you cook… Continue reading The Simplest Recipe Ever: Sriracha Baked Potatoes

BBQ That Butt With What You’ve Already Got

A delicious pork shoulder off the smoker.

When I moved to Savannah, I had only ever been a consumer of fine smoked meats (you know, BBQ). I didn’t know the difference between BBQ and “grilling”. I was a poor unfortunate Yankee who didn’t know what he was missing. Thanks to my own personal BBQ Yoda (the one and only Murray Wilson), I… Continue reading BBQ That Butt With What You’ve Already Got

Chocolate Orange Chess Pie

Finished chocolate orange chess pie, complete with crack on the top.

It’s my first recipe! Hooray! I made my first chess pie, from Callie Spears’ great recipe on Munchies, over Thanksgiving and loved it. It was super easy to make and delicious – my favorite combination! For Christmas, I decided I needed to do something different with it and thought of the chocolate oranges I got… Continue reading Chocolate Orange Chess Pie