Virginia Willis Blog

Recipes: Salads and Slaws

Cooking with Fat: Animal to Vegetable

Folks think of Southern food and envision Fried Chicken, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Catfish, and Fried Okra. There’s a suspicion that is not completely unfounded, that if something doesn’t move fast enough in a Southern kitchen it will soon find itself sizzling away to golden brown perfection in a cast iron skillet. However, that’s merely… Read more »

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Twilight: End of Summer Garden

It’s that twilight time in the garden and at the farmer’s markets. The magic in-between time that gently divides the seasons. The summer darlings such as heirloom tomatoes, vibrant peppers, and the last stubby fingers of okra sit adjacent to mottled wild pears, aubergine-colored scuppernongs bursting with sweet juice, and tender, young winter squash. The… Read more »

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Southern Comfort Spa Style! Spa Food & Culinary Week at The Golden Door

Spa-ahhhh. This week’s travels have taken me to and through the Golden Door Spa in Escondido, California for Culinary Week. It’s been fantastic. I think some of the guests were surprised that I was the choice — Southern food? Really? Well, clearly I didn’t make Fried Chicken, but I did make recipes from Bon Appétit,… Read more »

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