Party? Add Flava’ & Flair with Jerk Bites

5 Feb

Whether it is the Big Game, the book club or poker, good food will flavor your gathering for success. This weekend my menu includes Jerk Appetizer Bites with Mango. The recipe is inspired by one that I developed for a Black History Month recipe brochure for the National Pork Board. This made-from-scratch jerk marinade is […]

Slow-Cooker Candied Sweets

22 Dec

I’ve written a few posts about my grandmothers and some of the wonderful dishes they would make. From weekday dinners to holiday meals with all the fixins’ they were talented cooks. As far as we were concerned my maternal grandmother Gonga, was the maven of candied sweets. This was one of the dishes she made […]

5 Last Minute Tips Can Rescue Holiday Cooks

24 Nov

The countdown to Thanksgiving is swift and can lead to menu mayhem or turkey trauma. No worries, take a deep breath and use the following tips to help avoid holiday cooking drama. 1. Turkey Still Frozen?  “Yes, they do take longer than we think to thaw.” As a turkey expert on the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, […]

Can’t Get Patti’s Pie? Lighten Up with Sweet Potato Gems

17 Nov

Patti LaBelle’s Sweet Potato Pie is trending and there are food companies nationwide afflicted with pie envy. Back in the day we would have heard it through the grapevine, but in this era of social media with do-it-yourself video, Facebook and the Twitterverse, sales of Patti’s pie are on fire. Now there are plenty of […]

Throwback-My Thanksgiving To-Do List

12 Nov

It is Throwback Thursday and two weeks before Thanksgiving so I’m dusting off my holiday planning timeline. I know the ChowChow & Soul™ family includes cooks that stretch from novice to the experienced folks, who are adept at finding their way around the kitchen. We all need to pre-plan and this time-tested guideline is a […]

Good Things to Eat from Fall Gardens

7 Nov

We’ve had a couple of days of unseasonably warm weather with thermometers posting numbers typical of early summer at 70 degrees. For folks who are enthusiastic gardeners the remnants of summer edibles are holding their own in almost empty garden beds. I checked in with my friend and favorite gardener Sylvia to see what was […]

5 Tips Help Parents Fend Off the Freshmen 15

31 Aug

Are your one-time toddlers, headed out the door, leaving the swaddling of the home cocoon? If this is your current situation, both you and your young adult may be facing the “freshmen 15.” Though the pounds may sneak up on both of you, generally speaking they’ll weigh you down for different reasons. The Parent Trap […]

Family Favorite–Peach Cobbler

23 Aug

It is almost the end of peach season and wherever you are, bite into one more of those juicy sweet, sunset-colored rounds. For peach enthusiasts—like me, the season does not last long enough. Most of my peaches this summer were from Michigan. But I did score several of my favorites from, Chilton County, Alabama. This […]

Let’s Celebrate Soul Food

2 Jun

June is National Soul food Month, celebrating the heritage and history of the foods and foodways of African Americans and peoples from the African diaspora. The culinary contributions of this group had an indelible impact on the American menu. When Big Mama whipped up a family favorite back in the day, she stirred in plenty […]

A Legacy of Good Cooking

9 May

Today’s post is dedicated to my mother and grandmothers—Big Mama and Gonga. These women shaped my taste memories and taught me about really good cooking. My Mom will celebrate 90 years young in a couple of months and she is one good cook. She has always said she liked cooking but she didn’t like the […]