Skip to Content

Researching Classics and Innovations

torta-caprese-sq-shadows

#DataDrivenChef

Follow us on your favorite platform


Drawing From the Great Traditions


Recent Analyses and Recipes

Plates Stage Plank Cookies

Stage Plank Cookies

Stage Plank Cookies are a snack and a Southern story with flavor and a back history. As an adolescent, as was common in my small Southern town, I worked summer …

Mustard Roasted Cauliflower fresh from the oven

Mustard Roasted Cauliflower

Roasting vegetables is about technique. The technique is about removing moisture so that a Maillard reaction can happen. The reaction produces a distinctive taste and a brown appearance from caramelized …

Baked Dutch Apple Cake in pan

Dutch Apple Cake

This very simple, very tasty dessert is a depression-era product. Times were difficult in the South during the Great Depression, but if you had butter and eggs you could make …

Lemon Basil Chicken

Lemon Basil Chicken Thighs

Preparing Lemon Basil Chicken Thighs is very straightforward. Like many great dishes, it comes down to good ingredients and execution of technique. Lemon is always a fresh taste, basil makes …

Plate of cucuzza spaghetti.

Spaghetti Cucuzza

My Spaghetti Cucuzza recipe highlights a great ingredient you can now be found at markets around the world — cucuzza squash. There is a bit you need to know about …

Homemade fried Okra in Cast Iron Skillet

Homemade Fried Okra

There was a style of Fried Okra I grew up with that seemed to have little relationship to the over-breaded restaurant and meat and 3 dishes available elsewhere. This style …

Scooped Peach Gelato

Peach Gelato

Gelato brings out the best in Peaches. You may have always thought that short of traveling to Italy, authentic gelato sadly is out of reach, but you will be pleased …

Barramundi with Mango Salsa

Barramundi Fillets with Mango

Barramundi is found throughout coastal areas of the Indo-West Pacific region. Always readily available in Southeast Asia and Australia, now fillets are easily found frozen in the U.S. and other …

Roasted Zucchini

Roasted Zucchini (or squash)

Roasted zucchini or summer squash is fairly easy if you sweat one detail. Zucchini and summer squash have a lot of moisture, and unless some of it is removed your …

Plated Fresh Garlic Beef Bolognese

Fresh Garlic Beef Bolognese

Sometimes it is more important to cook to the ingredient instead of to the recipe. Assuming you can even find fresh garlic recipes. That is exactly the reason behind Fresh …

Escargot in Puff Pastry

Escargot in Puff Pastry

Escargot in Puff Pastry (or escargot en pâte feuilletée in French) adds an extra level of taste to classic Escargot. When served in shells, escargots are served in a garlicky …

Pan-Sear Duck with Potatoes

Pan-Seared Duck Breast with Potatoes

Boneless Duck breasts are very easy to work with and can produce a very simple but elegant meal. In this pan-seared duck breast recipe, we take advantage of the convenience …

Beef Stew with Crusty Bread

Beef Stew with White Wine

Beef Stew with White Wine is a lighter take on Beef Stew. In addition to the white wine, I use vegetable broth along with a summery herb mixture. The result …

Roasted Vidalia Onion at an angle

Roasted Vidalia Onions

Roasting brings out all the glory of Vidalia Onions and a long roast brings about a caramelization of the sugars that occur naturally in the onions. In my Roasted Vidalia …

Roasted Green Beans

Roasted Green Beans

Roasted green beans is an option that takes a readily available vegetable and gives them a different texture and taste. Use the freshest beans you can find and thinner varieties. …

Mango Lime Salsa

Mango Lime Salsa

Mango Lime Salsa has the perfect ingredients to zing. But it often fails to deliver. Salsa excels when the ingredients meld together and produce a flavor greater than their parts. …

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthier Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

My significant other correctly suggested we could improve our cookie habit. As far as cookies go, oatmeal is a healthy ingredient, Chocolate has some benefits. So the cookie was reimagined …

Mango Muffins

Mango Muffins

Summer and Christmas in Australia, particularly in Queensland, give you plenty of opportunities for using Mangos. You can enjoy these Mango Muffins any time of the day, wherever and whenever …

Mango Curd

Mango Curd

Christmas time in Australia, especially in Queensland, corresponds with the mango season. There are piles of them in markets and stores, on tables and menus, and noticeably growing in trees …

French Cassoulet

Weeknight French Cassoulet

A French Cassoulet is the product of centuries of practice focusing on multiple preserved foods. At the heart of the Cassoulet are beans (dried) and rich flavors of pork and …

Sweet Potato Grits Spoonbread

Sweet Potato Grits Spoonbread

Very Southern ingredients assembled with a bit of flare. That is how I think of this Sweet Potato Grits Spoonbread recipe. Whipping egg whites as you would do in a …

Pâte Sablée

Pâte Sablée

Pâte Sablée (roughly translated as sandy dough) is the perfect base for many sweet pastries such as fruit tarts. Learn to make this one and you are well on your …

Turnips and Beets Gratin

Turnip and Beet Gratin

This turnip and beet gratin recipe was created out of a sense of vexation. Summer is ending, it is definitely Fall and I totally get the mix of fresh vegetables …

Georgia Candy Roaster Soup

Georgia Candy Roaster Soup with Beans, Collards, and Bacon

Georgia Candy Roaster Soup with Beans, Collards, and Bacon is a Southern take on a staple of Italian Winter Home cooking — Pumpkin and White Bean Soup (Zuppa di zucca …

Georgia Candy Roasters

Georgia Candy Roaster Squash

Georgia Candy Roaster squash is a variety cultivated by the Cherokees in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the 1800s. It is now listed by the Cherokee Nation and Slow Food …

Butterscotch and Ice Cream

Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

Have you ever had Real Homemade Butterscotch Sauce? If you haven’t had it made from scratch with real Scotch Whisky, you are missing something. It is an amazingly simple and …

Lemon Tart Slice

French Lemon Tart (Tarte Au Citron)

How do you know you have arrived in Paris? You have arrived in Paris if you can walk into a patisserie and get a fabulous French Lemon Tart. Tarte Au …

Fig Apple Cake Whole

Fresh Fig and Apple Cake

This Fresh Fig and Apple Cake is the solution to a quandary I’ve had for a while. Late summer would come, figs would show up at the markets and the …

Vanilla Sugar

How to use Vanilla Sugar

It is pretty easy to figure out how to use vanilla sugar. Substitute 1/4 cup (50g) of vanilla sugar for every 1/4 cup (50g) of regular sugar and 1/4 teaspoon …

Psst! We are not bugging you with a pop-up to sign up for our mailing list. But it would be great if you did, just submit your email address below.