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Delicious Dutch Baby

It’s a new year, so I thought I’d start it right by cooking something new. Maybe get outside my comfort zone but with comfort food. I am not a baker; I’m a pretty good cook, though. And Melissa Clark‘s recipe in New York Times Cooking for a Dutch Baby with Bacon and Runny Camembert sounded…

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Fox 6 Books and Friends Who Read

This fresh, new year of great books, which I first shared on Good Day Alabama on WBRC Fox 6, begins with some gifts from my reading friends. Menus:  A Book for your Meals and Memories written and illustrated by Jacques Pepin Remember dinner parties? I do, and I wish I’d had this book when we were…

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British Pub Food Finds a Permanent Home in Birmingham

The Duchess, Birmingham’s most whimsical and charmingly over-the-top food truck, was a vehicle (literally) for bigger things. The perfect ambassador for lots of tasty British dishes, the popularity of The Duchess and Little London Kitchen led directly to the creation of a neighborhood pub—unlike any other in town—that aims to be a catalyst for meaningful…

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Destination Dining in Downtown Gadsden

The tamarind-glazed duck tacos, alone, might be enough to make S•À Cantina a destination restaurant. But there’s more to love at this new eatery in the middle of Gadsden’s beautifully revitalized downtown. Enough to already draw diners from Huntsville, Birmingham and Atlanta, from North and South Carolina, too.  Owner Aaron Disouryavong opened S•À Cantina on September 24, and…

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Keepers Worth Gifting

Here are the books I brought to WBRC Fox 6 this month. Each of these books is a keeper, but they’d also make excellent gifts.  The Atomic Lounge by Feizal Valli and Rachael Roberts Alas, the James Beard-nominated Birmingham bar, The Atomic Lounge, is no more, but a beautiful and fun and informative book of…

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Good Food That’s Good for Your Soul

Joy Smith made a name for herself with her creamy cheesecakes, but her new café offers plenty of savory treats, too.  Smith is the chef-owner of Sorelle Café, tucked into Homewood’s close-knit Edgewood neighborhood. She opened her café in August of 2021, and the cozy and comfortable storefront on Broadway (where Lag’s Eatery used to…

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Fox 6 Books: October

Fall for these great reads! Here are the books I brought to WBRC Fox 6 this month. The Lost Man by Jane Harper I read this stand-alone novel by Jane Harper while waiting for her book, The Dry, which is part of a series. Not only is The Lost Man well written, but it’s also compelling from the very…

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Fox 6 Books: September

Local flavor, y’all! Reading close to home with books by Alabama writers and another about a worldwide, homegrown topic. Here are the books I brought to WBRC Fox 6 this month. The Speckled Beauty (on sale September 21) by Rick Bragg Rick Bragg has the amazing ability to tell stories that touch our hearts. He…

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Bow & Arrow 2.0

David Bancroft is a quick study.  The celebrated chef-owner of Acre in the university town of Auburn opened a second restaurant concept called Bow & Arrow in 2018. The vibe at his newer place is Texas-smokehouse-meets-Alabama-potluck, which is a lot; but it’s really a lot more than that.  The restaurant is a life lesson about…

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Alabama Chef Competes on National Stage

Chef Scott Simpson, who brings a global approach to dishes at The Depot in Auburn, will be representing our state at the 17th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off. The winner of this event will hold the title of King or Queen of American Seafood. The competition is set for Saturday, August 7 in New Orleans, and…

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Fox 6 Books: August

Let’s hit the books! A learning frame of mind is a great place to be, and we’re never too old for it! Here are the books I brought to WBRC Fox 6 this month–a great work of historical fiction, a cookbook designed for young people headed off to college, a guide to meditation and a…

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Green Acres is the Place to Be for Wings and a Side of History

For more than 60 years—through some of Birmingham’s most significant social and economic history—Green Acres Café has been a constant in the city’s downtown. This iconic eatery is a popular draw in the middle of Birmingham’s Fourth Avenue Historic District, which grew out of the city’s segregationist past and remains a promising—and proud—part of its…

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Ready for Takeoff

We’ve been making Paper Planes this summer after we enjoyed them at Desert Bistro in Moab while on a hiking vacation in Utah. We even went to a local liquor store there to get the Utah amaro they used—Toadstool Notom Amaro No. 1 from Waterpocket Distillery. #greatsouvenir This light, fresh, summer-ready bourbon cocktail is a…

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Fox 6 Books July

Summer is far from over! Here’s a book of poetry by a local father-son team, a perfect beach read, a summer-ready cookbook and an informative book about food for kids. I featured these today on WBRC-Fox 6. Illusions:  Poetry & Art for the Young at Heart by Charles Ghigna with illustrations by Chip Ghigna Charles Ghigna,…

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