Give the Gift of Food: Double-Drizzle Pecan Cookies

Food gifts are always welcomed gifts and each year on Christmas Eve, I like to bake something delicious to give to my friends and family. My go-to place for inspiration is Taste of Home magazine and Better Homes and Gardens … Continue reading

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Timeless Food that Tastes Like Home

Timeless Food that Tastes Like Home

Here you won’t find a soft drink machine or even a vegan or vegetarian-friendly menu offering tofu and gluten-free options. What you see is what you get, and what you get is pure, Southern gold. Continue reading

Join Me at “Cook and Care” For a Good Cause

Join Me at “Cook and Care” For a Good Cause

Come watch as local chefs and mixologists review their mystery baskets and compete in a friendly rivalry to create the best 3-course meal and two cocktails for a panel of judges. You’ll enjoy a specially-designed menu provided by Jessie’s Eat & Treats and live music. You can also bid on items up for auction. Continue reading

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

The cafe was everything I’d imagined it would be: country with a wide front porch complete with rocking chairs and large ferns, inviting in a way that reminds you of a simpler time and place, and authentic with a menu that proclaims Southern culture and cultivates deep-seated food memories in the hearts and minds of every diner. Continue reading

Bake My Glazed Double Chocolate-Pumpkin Bundt Cake This Thanksgiving

Bake My Glazed Double Chocolate-Pumpkin Bundt Cake This Thanksgiving

Black coffee adds depth of flavor and canned pumpkin gives the cake a delectably moist texture, making it a wonderful addition to any holiday celebration. Continue reading

How To Roast Perfect Pumpkin Seeds

How To Roast Perfect Pumpkin Seeds

I love the tradition of carving pumpkins in October, and roasting the pumpkin seeds afterwards is just icing on the cake. Crunchy and a great snack with a seasonal beer, using the seeds is a special little take away from the festive and fun activity. Continue reading

Bay Breeze, Take Me Away

Bay Breeze, Take Me Away

On my recent vacation to the Western Caribbean, I picked up a bottle of Coconut Rum, and I’ll be putting it to good use with this recipe. Don’t forget the garnish…much like a good outfit needs finishing touches, so too, does a good drink. Continue reading

My Cruise Vacation of Gastronomic Proportions

My Cruise Vacation of Gastronomic Proportions

During the first week of October, I forsook my fall traditions – The Luke Bryan Farm Tour, the Georgia National Fair, Homecoming at Old Richland Baptist Church and the Georgia Southern University Homecoming football game – to sail the open … Continue reading

Foolproof Apple Crisp for the Love of Fall

There are 14-layer cakes, lattice pies, meringues and souffles. Then, there’s Apple Crisp. Labor intensive, complicated desserts have their time and place, but a dessert that’s good enough for a weeknight is good enough for me. No other delicacy screams fall … Continue reading

Join Me at Hunter Cattle Company & The Garden of the Coastal Plain This Month

Join Me at Hunter Cattle Company & The Garden of the Coastal Plain This Month

As far as I’m concerned, Statesboro is home to one of the best little food communities in the South. I have the privilege of living and working in this blessed farm town, and this month, in just a few days, … Continue reading

South and Vine Public House Burned But Not Broken

South and Vine Public House Burned But Not Broken

During the summer of 2013, just six months after an intriguing new restaurant popped up in downtown Statesboro on the corner of South Main and West Vine Streets, I ventured inside to discover a restaurant that would become the backbone … Continue reading

Wild Georgia Shrimp & Summer Corn Chowder

Wild Georgia Shrimp & Summer Corn Chowder

Wild Georgia Shrimp & Summer Corn Chowder All summer I’ve been wanting to make Shrimp and Corn Chowder, and today, I did it. Aside from peeling the potatoes and shucking the corn, the recipe requires little to no effort other than … Continue reading

Some Kinda Good Teams Up with Paula Deen LIVE!

Some Kinda Good Teams Up with Paula Deen LIVE!

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! I couldn’t be more excited to announce that the Paula Deen team contacted little ol’ me this week with some GREAT news! I’ve been invited to attend Paula Deen Live! in Savannah as a … Continue reading

Rae’s Coastal Café: An Inland Island Hideaway

Rae’s Coastal Café: An Inland Island Hideaway

Rae’s Coastal Cafe Augusta, Georgia  Two of my best friends recently took me to dinner at a place more than 153 miles inland from the Georgia Coast located in my hometown of Augusta, Georgia. They promised it would be “right … Continue reading

Living the Dream Through Cupcakes and Caffeine

Living the Dream Through Cupcakes and Caffeine

CAKE  Statesboro, Georgia It’s mid-morning on a sunny Saturday, after a satisfying brunch and visit to my local farmers’ market. Dressed completely casually with nowhere to be, I stroll along East Main Street in downtown Statesboro to find an inviting … Continue reading

Nibble & Nosh and Everything Posh: A Food and Style Event You Don’t Want to Miss!

Nibble & Nosh and Everything Posh: A Food and Style Event You Don’t Want to Miss!

With the dog days of summer comes trips to the beach, picnics, grilling out with friends and family, baby showers, weddings, you name it! Summertime is entertaining time and I couldn’t be more excited to announce “Nibble & Nosh and Everything … Continue reading

Roasted Root Vegetables Reinvented

Roasted Root Vegetables Reinvented

It may be springtime, but let’s face it: the weather can be crazy and unpredictable. For those not-so-springlike nights this season, I’ve got a recipe for Roasted Root Vegetable Soup with Homemade Thyme Croutons that’ll give you an excuse to transform … Continue reading

An Easter Feast of Roasted Leg of Lamb and Mint Chutney

An Easter Feast of Roasted Leg of Lamb and Mint Chutney

At my house, it wouldn’t be a dinner party without the smoke alarm sounding at least once or my Shih Tzu, Ewok howling to the top of his lungs and doing the happy dance each time a new guest arrives … Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Episode of “Statesboro Cooks” including Featured Recipes On Air Now

A brand new episode of “Statesboro Cooks” is on air now! You can watch the 30-minute program featuring my St. Patrick’s Day menu on local cable Channel 99 at 7:30 p.m., 1 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, or right now … Continue reading

Announcing the St. Patrick’s Day Episode of “Statesboro Cooks” Starring Country Music Artist Justin Dukes

Announcing the St. Patrick’s Day Episode of “Statesboro Cooks” Starring Country Music Artist Justin Dukes

March is finally here and that’s something to get excited about for SO many reasons–1) I’ve got a new episode of “Statesboro Cooks” premiering this Friday, 2) Daylight Savings Time and 3) St. Patrick’s Day! Here in Statesboro, I’m just a few … Continue reading

White Chocolate Almond Bark for Your Special Valentine

Take a trip to Wal-Mart during Valentine’s week and you’ll see them everywhere…those guys with good intentions carrying around fluffy teddy bears and mass-produced, heart-shaped boxes of less than desirable chocolates. I just want to walk up to each of … Continue reading

Local Spotlight: Barry Turner of Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Cafe

Local Spotlight: Barry Turner of Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Cafe

I recently sat down for a Q & A with Barry Turner, partner at one of my favorite hometown bakeries here in Statesboro, Ga.–Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Café to learn what inspires him in the kitchen, and what the bakery … Continue reading

Take Two: My Blooper Reel in Preparation for The Dr. Oz Show

Take Two: My Blooper Reel in Preparation for The Dr. Oz Show

The thrill of being on national TV, if only for a moment, never gets old! It was so exciting to be a part of Dr. Oz’s Healthy Recipe Challenge today on The Dr. Oz Show. Thanks to everyone who tuned … Continue reading

Explore A Taste of Tybee January 17-26

Seafood on the Georgia coast with good company gets me more excited than a child on Christmas morning. Moreover, restaurants that want to show off their menu offerings at affordable prices are that much more enticing. Tybee Island Restaurant Week begins … Continue reading

Watch Me Audition TONIGHT on ABC’s The Taste

Watch Me Audition TONIGHT on ABC’s The Taste

Tonight is the big night! I’m counting down the hours until my national TV debut on ABC. I’m excited to announce that I’ll be competing for a spot on one of these four culinary giant’s teams—Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo … Continue reading

Happy Blog-iversary to Me: Year Two!

Some Kinda Good is two. Happy Blog-iversay to me! The year 2013 has been filled with amazing opportunities, complete with my local TV debut on Statesboro Cooks, lots of feature writing, live cooking demonstrations, volunteering and more. What a year! To … Continue reading

Volunteer Perks Result in Lamb and Good People

Backstage with Food Network Star Finalist Linkie Marais (left) prepping ingredients for her cooking demonstration.

One of my favorite things about volunteering at food & wine events are the people I get to meet. As a volunteer in The Local Palate Celebrity Chef Kitchen at the inaugural Savannah Food & Wine Festival this weekend, I … Continue reading

Savannah Food & Wine Festival to be An Epicurean Celebration of the Senses

Food&WineFest

Today kicks off a week-long celebration of Savannah’s first ever Food & Wine Festival. I’m volunteering this Saturday, Nov. 16 during the main event, Taste of Savannah! Not only is the inaugural event being held in one of the most … Continue reading

A Holiday Menu Featuring Pastured Pork Tenderloin

It’s officially holiday season. Let the menu and party planning begin! I’ve put together a holiday inspired meal including a classic combination of flavors, along with some of my family’s traditional recipes that are impressive on the table but simple … Continue reading

Gnat’s Landing of Statesboro: A Hometown Front-Runner

Gnat’s Landing Bar & Grill Statesboro, Georgia When a single place comes to mind for lunch, going out on a Friday night and entertaining company, it’s a winner. That’s Gnat’s Landing of Statesboro. The versatile bar & grill is family friendly and … Continue reading

Breakfast Locally Inspired

Food tastes better when you buy local. For Sunday morning brunch recently, I made french toast and bacon, but not just any french toast and bacon. On Saturday, I visited the Statesboro Mainstreet Farmers’ Market where I purchased a pecan … Continue reading

Fiddlers Seafood Knows Attention to Detail

Fiddlers Seafood Southside Savannah, Georgia  Attention to detail is unmistakable. Nine times out of 10, if a restaurant understands how to be great in the little things, that trait is going to carry over in the taste and presentation of … Continue reading

The Transcendent Lobster Roll: A Worthy Splurge

For months now I’ve been reading and hearing about the ubiquitous lobster roll–in Bon Appetit and Cook’s Illustrated magazines, and on TV shows like the Cooking Channel’s Eat Street. I must admit I’ve only eaten lobster on a cruise ship … Continue reading

Farmers’ Market Summer Bruschetta

Grape tomatoes are abundant at farmers’ markets this time of year, and I’ve got the perfect way to use them up! My recipe for Summer Bruschetta is a scrumptious starter course and makes one fine appetizer with drinks. Fun fact … Continue reading

Brunch in Buckhead: Watershed, a Southern Jewel

Watershed on Peachtree Atlanta, Georgia Mornings and I have been butting heads since 1983–the year I was born. That’s why brunch is quite possibly the best concept ever. I love everything about it. The idea that sleeping in is perfectly … Continue reading

Roasted Winter Fruit Brings A Pop of Color To Your Thanksgiving Table

“Not dressing up the meal with color is like sending someone out of the house without clothes” – Japanese proverb  With Thanksgiving less than a week away, dreams of green bean casserole, sweet potato souffle and pumpkin pie have been dancing in my head. I’m always looking for an … Continue reading

Festive Fourth of July Favorites

Happy Independence Day! Over the years, I’ve baked many a festive treat to celebrate the Fourth of July, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorites. These baked goods are fun to create and will add a celebratory … Continue reading

A Saturday-Morning Tradition

Back in the Day Bakery Savannah, Georgia At the intersection of West 40th and Bull Streets under one lone palm tree in the Starland District of Savannah, Georgia sits Back in the Day Bakery, so fondly known as The Best Little Bakery … Continue reading