Tomato and Roasted Zucchini Salad

It's hard to draw the line between a salad and a vegetable side dish sometimes, but I think that middle ground is actually a pretty great spot. There's no reason why raw vegetables can't marry with cooked. And this time of year I am partial to also combining the best of summer: raw tomatoes with anything charred from a grill or broiler. So this 'salad' accomplishes it all.

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Understanding Regional Barbecue

There aren't a lot of topics that inspire quite as much debate as barbecue. According to Matt Moore, the author of the awesomely titled 'The South's Best Butts', whatever BBQ you grew up with is what you remain loyal to. But even for those of us who love a good low-and-slow cooked piece of meat, it can often seem overwhelming to distinguish all the different types. So we got Moore to break it down for us.

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The Crispiest Fried Green Tomato

I basically swoon over any menu that has fried green tomatoes on it. But I never quite have the courage to make them at home. It always seems like the kind of thing I would mess up and never quite understand what the heck was going wrong. But then I met Anne Thornton of 33 Greenwich. And she swore up and down that they were the easiest things to make. So I decided to give it a whirl. 

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The Easiest Bread Ever

I'd choose bread over pretty much anything. Any dessert; any steak; maybe even my family (sorry, but I just really love bread). But that doesn't mean I ever attempt to make it. Who has time for that!? Well Alexandra Stafford might be able to change my mind.

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The Blooming Mushroom

Growing up it was almost impossible to miss the ads for the Bloomin' Onion. It's one of the few dishes outside of fast food and pizza that somehow made it into the American consciousness. How did a deep-fried onion become a concept that everyone new about? No matter its status, it's time to shake things up. So we went to Bowery Road to get their fun take on the classic with a Bloomin' Mushroom.

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