McCracken took some time to answer questions for Hungry Memphis.
The Master Taster's Club is described as being for "wine enthusiasts." Does this include the unwitting plonk-lover?
What’s “plonk”? We Sommeliers pretend we do not know that word, as we would NEVER associate with “that” type of wine. But really, our Master Taster’s Club is for anyone who wants to taste some great wines from around the world, learn a little bit more about the wines and where they come from, along with the whole approach to wine tasting.
I get regular e-mail blasts from Fresh Market about the store’s cooking demonstrations, but I had never stopped by until Saturday afternoon. The store’s featured recipe “Smoky Shrimp and Sweet Potato Chowder” hooked me, due to the lonely bowl of sweet potatoes on my kitchen counter.
Things are busy at Fresh Market on Saturdays, but the crowds didn’t deter Davona Patterson, who was happy to discuss the lovely smoked flavor of her chowder and ladle out a taste. Patterson, who is a personal chef, had tried out the recipe at home, and she was enthusiastic about the results: “The longer is sits on the stove, the better it gets,” she said.
Two years, really? It seems that Silly Goose has been part of the downtown landscape for longer than that.
But, yes, says owner Daniel Masters, Silly Goose is indeed just two. "We're still young," he says.
In any case, tonight's anniversary party, starting at 9 p.m. is for grown folks: The popular Fireball shot is $4 and domestic beers are going for $2.50.
In the past week, I’ve had three people ask me why the Wine Market, located in Audubon Plaza next to the Williams Sonoma outlet store, had closed.
So listen up folks: The Wine Market didn’t close, it just relocated to the other end of the shopping center, across from the post office.
My wife Charlotte has gone gluten free. This basically means I have to teach myself how to cook all over again and some of the workarounds have turned out to be really interesting. I thought I'd share this last experiment.
This is a prosciutto-wrapped, potato-and-mushroom-stuffed Italian meatloaf. Instead of breadcrumbs I made an unholy granola of oats, crushed almonds, potato chips, whole pistachios, onions, celery, and raisins. I mixed a cup and a half of the mixture with a pound and a half of ground beef, some spices and an egg. Worked great.
If you crave delicious farm-fresh milk from Evergreen Farm, there’s no need to wait for the seasonal farmers markets to reopen in the spring. The small-scale dairy in Middleton, Tennessee, has a milk route every Wednesday that begins in Bolivar at 8 a.m. and ends in East Memphis six hours later.
“We come down Highway 64 and stop along the way,” says Walt Haybert, who operates the dairy with his wife, Jan, and son, also named Walt.
I was at the newly expanded Kroger on Mendenhall today, and after looking high and low for a can of coconut milk, I was feeling much like this cake:
This sad puppy cake was on shelving labeled "Oops." It was going for $2.49.
What I can't determine is the proper occasion for this cake. Bringing it to a funeral would seem tacky. Perhaps one of those Memphis City Schools/Shelby County Schools debates? A baby shower for a Frayser High student?
So, you tell me. Put your ideas in the comments. The winner will receive an avocado slicer. Just kidding, you'll (probably) get something better. Unless you want that slicer, then I can hook you up.
Interestingly enough, no cupcakes will be bought or sold during the event.
I spent Monday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy at the Williams-Sonoma outlet.
There I spotted this most adorable enamel-covered cast iron mini Staub cocotte selling for an eye-popping $50. (By comparison a Cuisinart ice cream maker was going for the same price.)
This avocado slicer was a cheap but dumb purchase. The purpose of the tool is to slice an avocado — and this was the selling point to me — without the mess.
I've never been able to figure out how to use it.
From My Food Looks Funny, a food map of the United States.
Tennessee is represented by tomatoes. I guess I can live with that.
And now eater.com gets in on the action with its Doomsday Map: 50 Meals to Eat in 50 States Before the Apocalypse.
In any case, vegan Goodwin is and she's serving as a celebrity coach for the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart.
HGTV is looking for Memphians with brag-worthy kitchen renovations for its program Bang For Your Buck.
Full press release below ...