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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Alphabet Soup: IACP, PDX, PRS, and SPA!!

Had a GREAT week in Portland for IACP, but am in serious need of a bike ride, yoga, and some real exercise, not to mention a hardcore deep tissue massage to remove the gnarly gremlin that has moved into my shoulder blade from toting too much heavy luggage. It’s mean. Mean and mad. AWESOME food…. Read more »

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