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Bacon, Spice & More-African American Chemist Helped Add Flavor

16 Feb

Each February I’m reminded of how many stories of unsung heroes there are to share about Black History. During this centennial year for the recognition of black history month the theme is “A Century of Black History, Life and Culture.” Food is intrinsic to culture, and it is central to everyday life. African American innovation […]

Prize-Winning Chili is a Souper Bowl

26 Jan

I love chili and have stirred more than a few gallons of it. The family recipe was typically ground beef served Cincinnati-style over spaghetti with Delta tamales. Then there was white bean chili with chicken created by my friend at Southern Living magazine. These days the Drapers’ chili of choice starts with a beef chuck […]

Spatchcock Your Turkey

20 Nov

Holiday cooking can take many forms, and without a doubt turkey is the superstar. It can be brined, roasted, fried, grilled, slow-cooked, smoked or spatchcocked. Last week I shared my timeline to help holiday cooks organize for the Thanksgiving meal. Today I’m talking turkey and sharing how to cook a spatchcock or butterflied bird. Spatchcock […]

Add Grilled Meals to Autumn Menu

14 Oct

You still have time to fire up the grill if you’re living in an area where cold wind and the polar vortex will make outdoor cooking just about mission impossible in a few months. Whether it’s tailgating, week-end entertaining or family dinner, grill seasoned turkey filets. They’re cooked over medium-low heat and make a quick and […]

Ham Adds Flava’ To Spring Soup

19 Apr

After enjoying a spread of Classic Baked Ham you may wonder “What to do with ham leftovers?” (If you have any) You can chop the cooked ham for future use in omelets or scrambled eggs, casseroles or with pasta. Once the meaty portions are gone, you can freeze the ham bone to use to flavor […]

How to Make Classic Baked Ham

12 Apr

Grlled or roasted diamond-back ham.

It’s Spring, it’s Easter and time for ham. You’ve reached out to me with questions and even confessed that you cheat sometimes—“My family doesn’t know it, but I use the glaze that comes with the ham.” The question of the month is how-to make a star attraction ham. That diamond ‘n clove e studded ham […]

Try Shepard’s Pie-full of flavor and good for you too!

25 Mar

We’re wrapping up National Nutrition Month and there has been more chatter than usual about eat this, try that, it’s good for you, blah, blah, blah.  One thing that is consistent with chatter about nutrition and healthy eating is,  if it doesn’t taste good people will not eat it.  Whatever the dish is, no flavor, […]

The New Power Green

27 Feb

As Black History Month wraps up I want to raise a shot glass of pot likker to greens. Greens are the edible leaves of plants that have provided nourishment for African Americans throughout the ages. Last year I shared that greens were on the hot list, as one of the vegetables getting lots of buzz. […]

Dining With Ina

31 Dec

Ina's Fried Chicken & Waffles

As you’re reading this, the staff at Ina’s Restaurant will be seating the patrons who’ve supported the Ina Pinkney aka the Breakfast Queen for more than 30 years. The finale seating will include those who’ve become friends in search of real breakfast. And Ina has always dished it up with love and caring from her […]

Let’s Talk Turkey

22 Nov

It’s all about turkey this month and there are plenty of gobblers to choose from. They come in all sizes and varieties. You can cook your own, pick one up baked, smoked or fried and ready to heat; you can even buy a whole stuffed turkey that you bake from its frozen state. If it’s […]