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It’s been a while

Good readers, I have not forgotten both of you. Over the last few months, I have been quite busy performing my writing and editing services. Birmingham Magazine took me on as their primary food blogger at Good Taste, in addition to my monthly beer and casual dining columns in their print edition. The weekly posts […]

Sunday Morning Buttermilk Biscuits

I have a lot of fond memories of these biscuits as an eight-year-old on humid summer days in my Dad’s kitchen, but I hadn’t picked up the recipe since 2005, when I began experimenting with it. Vegetable shortening was the first item on the list (I can hardly abide it). I started by reducing it […]

First Bite: Kool Korner Sandwiches (Vestavia Hills)

Recently, I have wondered how one could possibly go wrong eating a hot pressed sandwich with melty cheese, roast pork, ham, pickles, and a few other choice toppings. I am sure it’s possible, just not at Kool Korner, located in the Publix shopping center in Vestavia Hills. IIldefonso Ramirez, the shop’s Cuban-born owner, arrives each […]

The Taco Truck

I’m not quite sure what it is about food from a truck that makes it so completely irresistible. This truck, the Taqueria Guzman, parks in a run-down Texaco parking lot on West Valley and turns out some of the best tacos in town. Check out my article in this month’s Birmingham magazine (or, while I’m […]

Fall Favorite: Spooning Persimmons

I picked up these pretty persimmons at the Oak Street Market a few days ago. When they’re red and soft (probably overripe) I like to cut the top off and eat them with a spoon.  After a very brief wikipedia read, I learned that underripe persimmons could cause goo buildup in your stomach and result […]

Market Update: What’s Hot at Pepper Place

October 10, 2009 64 degrees and light rain (at 8:15) Apples (McIntosh, Cumberland Spur, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Matsu, winesap, granny smith, jonagold, rome) Basil Beets (Chiogga and red) Bok Choi Broccoli Cauliflower Cilantro Collard Greens Cucumber Eggplant (white, Japanese) Escarole

Market Update: What’s Hot at Pepper Place

October 3, 2009 54 degrees and sunny Apples (McIntosh, Cumberland Spur, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Matsu, winesap, granny smith, jonagold, rome) Arugula Basil Beets (Chiogga and red) Broccoli Chestnuts Collard Greens Cucumber Eggplant (white, Japanese)

BottleTree to Show Food Inc.

I am so pleased to know that BottleTree Cafe will show the documentary Food Inc Saturday, Sept 5 and Sunday, Sept 6. As excited as I am that viewers will not have to travel, as I did, it is disappointing and sobering that this excellent film, highlighting the current crisis into which our food system […]

Market Update: Holding Pattern

I’ve been terribly pleased with the response to the Pepper Place Market Report since its introduction back in May. It’s been a lot of fun talking with the farmers and providing the produce list, but I will be heading to pasture, so to speak, and won’t be able to publish the report for the remainder […]

Local Produce: The Sun Jewel Melon

When I picked up my first pair of Sun Jewel melons back in early July, I have to say I was underwhelmed. They were beautiful, smelled vaguely of banana and mango (as advertised) but they lacked a definitive taste and were somewhat mealy. Snow’s Bend Farm doesn’t usually disappoint, so when they suggested that I […]