Cake for Breakfast and More at Southern Foodways Alliance Winter Symposium

Cake for Breakfast and More at Southern Foodways Alliance Winter Symposium

I spent the past weekend at the Southern Foodways Alliance 2018 Winter Symposium here in Birmingham. I joined more than 150 people from all over the country to talk about what it means to produce, grow, cook, eat and love food in the South. Attendees included James Beard Foundation Award-winning restaurateurs and chefs as well as [...]

Everyday Cheese Straws (that are not straws)

Everyday Cheese Straws (that are not straws)

My neighbor makes cheese straws for Christmas each year, and they always take me right back to my childhood. Cameron's classic Southern recipe--crisp-crunchy, mouthwateringly savory and just spicy enough--calls for a cookie press and a star tip and some real skill. The result is perfect, wavy strips pretty enough for gift-giving and so good I [...]

A Good Race

A Good Race

I ran the recent 2018 Mercedes Half Marathon in Birmingham. This was not my first time to do this, but I was extremely nervous about it. I knew this would not be a PR day. I had some perfectly good excuses:  It was rainy. It was hot. I had some on-and-off pain in my hip. [...]

Southern National in Mobile is Destination Dining

Southern National in Mobile is Destination Dining

Restaurateurs and friends Reginald “Reggie” Washington and Duane Nutter serve “globally inspired Southern food” at their highly anticipated new restaurant, Southern National, in Mobile. Go ahead and plan your visit now. That city has embraced them, and, with a James Beard Foundation 2018 nomination for Best New Restaurant (Southern National is a semifinalist, and it was announced [...]

Fox 6 Books: February

Fox 6 Books:  February

Here are the books I brought to WBRC Fox 6 on February 6. Memoir and mystery and lots of entertainment! Darkroom: A Memoir in Black & White (University of Alabama Press) There’s so much to love about this young adult book by Alabama writer Lila Quintero Weaver! First of all, it’s a beautifully drawn, visually powerful graphic [...]