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Yankee Recipes: Zucchini Red Pepper Gratin

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This dish was inspired by my mom’s sauteed veggies that she makes in the summer alongside angel hair pasta. She tosses lots of bright vegetables into a skillet with olive oil and cooks them until they are soft. I decided to bake my veggies and top them with a bit of crumbly light cracker.

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Southerner’s Rant: Atlanta Metro Cooking Show

So this weekend, “Mark D.” and I stopped by the Atlanta Metro Cooking Show to check it out and go to see Paula Deen.  In short, I was a little disappointed.  To be fair, that’s partially my fault due to having set my expectation perhaps a bit too high.  I mean, Tyler Florence, Paula Deen, Mario Batali, Richard Blais, and Bobby Flay were coming, so it had to be pretty good, right?  Wrong.

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Review: Ormsby’s – Atlanta,GA

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Ormsby’s is, without a doubt, our new favorite place to  spend a lazy Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.  The folks that brought us Atkins Park, have created a unique restaurant / social club that is an homage to the underground speakeasies that popped up during prohibition.  This is a great place to grab a quick bite for lunch or sit and stay awhile.  Ormsby’s provides lots of extracurricular activities, with several underground Boce ball courts, darts and shuffle board; there’s plenty to do to keep you distracted.  So how’s the food?

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Southern Kitchen – Winner’s Circle Derby Day Pie

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Dust  off your Seersucker suit, your favorite bow tie, and ladies, don’t forget your over the top hat, it’s Kentucky Derby weekend.  The Kentucky Derby is a southern tradition, celebrating the running of the thoroughbreds,reaching back to 1875. A classic parade of southern culture, style and Kentucky cuisine.  It’s always a great occasion to muddle some fresh mint and yell for your favorite horse and jockey.

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Tuesday Wine

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Not long after we moved into our current house outside of Atlanta, we started sharing things with the next-door neighbors: cups of sugar, random garden tools and bottles of wine.  The concept of Tuesday wine developed as a shortcut way to borrow some decent, but inexpensive wine for a mid-week dinner.  You know, when you’ve just pulled a steak off the grill, realized that you’re slap out of wine and can’t stand the thought of getting back in the car for just a bottle of wine?  Tuesday wine fits the bill perfectly – not necessarily something you’d let age in the wine cellar (as if we had one) but good enough for a random Tuesday.  The following is a review of two reds I picked up recently for just such an occasion.

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Lunch Plate: La Fonda Latina

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One of the often overlooked parts of Southern culture is the food and flavors of Latin cuisine in the Southeast, US.  From the Caribbean traditions on the Carolina Coast,  and South Florida, to the Tamale trail through the Mississippi delta and the Spanish fusion in New Orleans style cuisine; the amazing abundance of Latin influenced food is a major contributor to Southern culinary traditions.  La Fonda Latina is a great place to get a quick taste of several Latin treats, on a dime, and a great opportunity to sample the different flavors of Latin culture.

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Southern Review – Zapp’s Potato Chips

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All good Southerner’s have a particular food that, in an instance, will take them back to a special place.  It’s the one Southern food, that when discovered,  makes you feel you’ve found a lost treasure.  Without a doubt  Zapp’s Potato Chips are my favorite southern comfort food.  Argue all you want, there are no better chips made in the world,  end of story.  These chips are so amazing, and valuable to me, that we served them at our wedding.  What other chip brands can claim  Hotter ‘n Hot Jalapeno, Cajun Dill, Sour Cream & Creole Onion, Mesquite BBQ, Spicy Creole Tomato,Voodoo or (my personal favorite) Spicy Cajun Crawtator and really recreate those familiar southern flavors?

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