The Basics: Ground Red Pepper

Cooking Essentials The Profile Ground Red Pepper Ground red pepper is a spice consisting of several different types of chili varieties that are found in the Solanaceae family within the Capsicum genus. It may be identified by it’s brightly colored hue & finely ground texture. It is often used interchangeably in recipes that call for cayenne […]

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Cooking Classics: Homemade Mayonnaise

Cooking Classics The Technique Homemade Mayonnaise Freshly prepared mayonnaise is a ritzy way to enjoy your favorite sandwiches, appetizers, sauces & salad dressings. It’s also the ideal foundation for southern classics such as chicken salad or pimiento cheese. The simple emulsion in which oil is suspended in an egg yolk is seasoned effortlessly with a few basic […]

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The Basics: Commercial Mayonnaise

Cooking Essentials The Profile Commercial Mayonnaise Mayonnaise is made by emulsifying oil & egg yolks with an acid such as vinegar or lemon juice. The natural proteins & lecithin found in the yolk is what serves to make the emulsification happen. A smattering of seasoning is usually included as well. It may be used alone […]

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Cooking Classics: Bacon-Gruyere Vidalia Onion Dip

Cooking Classics  The Technique  Bacon-Gruyere Vidalia Onion Dip Bacon-Gruyere Vidalia Onion Dip is a classic southern appetizer that may be prepared a number of ways. This version features crisp bacon which offers depth & wonderful texture as well as Gruyere cheese in place of Swiss. When entertaining, portion the ingredients in several ramekins that may […]

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The Basics: Dijon Mustard

Cooking Essentials  The Technique  Dijon Mustard  Dijon mustard is named for a town in Burgundy, France, a place that was known for making the condiment so beloved in the region. Preparing it from scratch requires just a handful of ingredients such as brown mustard seeds, white wine, water & salt which gives it a signature tangy […]

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Cooking Classics: Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette

Cooking Classics The Technique  Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette is the perfect salad dressing to prepare all summer long. This honey-kissed, well balanced combination of flavors is blended in the food processor producing an emulsified vinaigrette with a smooth consistency & good flavor. Although the Yellow Granex Onions are pushed through a fine wire […]

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The Basics: Honey

Cooking Essentials The Technique Honey Honey is a viscous, natural sweetener made from plants by insects & bees such as the Western Honey Bee. The Western Honey Bee may be identified by soft gold & black bands around the body with a fuzzy thorax & head which build perennial nests from wax that is in turn used […]

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Summer Entertaining: Spinach & Bacon Salad With Vidalia Onions

Summer Entertaining Southern Socials Spinach & Bacon Salad With Vidalia Onions Leafy green salads should be a summer mainstay when everyday meals or entertaining is in order. Simple seasonal produce including tomatoes & sweet Vidalia onions, good for you grains such as quinoa & just a smattering of smoky bacon are wonderfully effortless to compose […]

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