Friday, July 30, 2010

Gumbo and Eggs

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM

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Several years ago I was a judge for the Rajun Cajun gumbo contest. I'm no expert, to be sure, but two of my fellow judges were ... At least that's what they said, and things got very, very heated when the two disagreed about what constitutes authentic gumbo.

It's always been my understanding that gumbo's origins involved using what was available at hand, making it a particularly flexible dish. But, I have to say I was a little perplexed recently when I came upon a recipe using eggs.

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Have You Voted?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM

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Today's the last day to vote in the Best of Memphis Readers' Poll.

And here's a random "Best of" fact: In the past few years, Gus's Fried Chicken has received not only the most votes for "Best Fried Chicken," it's received the most votes of all cast in the ballot.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Forty Carrots Closed

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Earlier in the week, a friend mentioned that Forty Carrots, the East Memphis kitchenwares store, had closed.

I stopped by the store, and, sure enough, it was empty.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

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In this week's print edition, Amy Lawrence and her husband Justin Fox Burks challenged themselves to use an entire watermelon ... seeds and all.

One result: watermelon and tomato gazpacho, read on for the recipe and be sure and check out the story on page 46.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stuffed

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 4:20 PM

I received these Dachshund salt and pepper shakers last year as a gift.

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Aren't they cute?

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Link: How Memphians Learned to Eat Pizza

Posted By on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 10:49 AM

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Saw this post on Serious Eats about Coletta's barbecue pizza, which contained this little gem, which pertains to when the restaurant introduced pizza in the 1950s:

Apparently when Coletta's started serving pizza, locals had no idea what it was or how to eat it. Only when they decided to top it with something a bit more familiar [barbecue] did the pizza take off.

Really? Is this true?

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Judging the Bug Cook Off

Posted By on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 4:03 PM

There was an “Iron Chef”-style cook off at the Children’s Museum this morning. The surprise ingredients? Cherries, sausage, molasses, and....

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Wax worms.

The Bug Cook Off, sponsored by none other than Terminix, challenged three chefs to make the most delectable (or least gag-inducing) bug dishes.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

My Barrel Grill: A Love Story

Posted By on Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 8:04 AM

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I said goodbye to an old friend today. I thought I was prepared, but it was shocking to see her sitting there among the trash cans. After all that we've been through together it was almost more than I could take. It's comforting to know that my old barrel grill — my dearly beloved barrel grill — will be going to a good home down the street at least. She's lost a little paint here and there but her bottom is still perfect. But no matter how sturdy and dependable she was I had to face certain facts. I don't entertain as often as I once did and this is ... was ... way too much grill for my needs.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Evergreen Farm To Close

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 1:26 PM

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Came upon this bit of bad news via Twitter: Jan and Walt Haybert of Evergreen Farm, a purveyor raw whole-milk products around the area, have decided to close the dairy and sell the farm.

Read the full announcement here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lunch at The Port

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 2:43 PM

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We arrived today at The Port on President's Island with a plan.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Is Pimento Cheese Now "It"?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 2:01 PM

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I'm seeing a lot of pimento cheese on menus these days.

Just off the top of my head ... Au Fond, Sweet Grass, Trolley Stop Market, and Felicia Suzanne's.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Country Fried Steak and Food Snobbery

Posted By on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 1:25 PM

I have a coworker who has issues with country fried steak.

This is interesting to me because I've seen this person indulge in a hamburger steak now and then, and I consider that dish to be in the same family.

But I think in this person's case, it has to do with the battering and frying involved in country fried steak. It's excessive.

In any case, a recent lunch at the Arcade would have sent him over the edge.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

At the South Memphis Farmers Market

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 5:36 PM

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Given the heat, there was a nice crowd today at the first South Memphis Farmers Market.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Memphis Beat's Eats, Episode 4

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 7:49 PM

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UPDATED So the much-anticipated episode with a crime revolving around a beloved barbecue pitmaster.

Didn't love it or hate it, but I can't help but feel that an opportunity was squandered.

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CSA, Week 10: Salads, BLTs, and Stocking the Freezer

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 4:08 PM

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Since I’m heading out of town, it’s been a race to use this week’s CSA share from Whitton Farms. Fortunately, I had a break-through moment early on: Eat it or freeze it. So the peaches went in lunch bags and on cereal, and the carrots (left over from past weeks) and the string beans went into the freezer.

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