Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Jennifer Chandler's "Simply Suppers"

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 7:22 AM

  • Natalie Root
Hitting the bookstores today is Memphian Jennifer Chandler's latest cookbook Simply Suppers, a followup to Simply Salads.

Chandler, who studied at Le Cordon Bleu and was co-owner of the much-missed prepared-foods market Cheffie's, took the time to answer questions about Simply Suppers and her new role as spokesperson for French's Mustard.

Your new book Simply Suppers offers no-hassle recipes, everything from your grandmother’s eggplant casserole to fish tacos and buttermilk pie. Did you have an audience in mind when putting together the book?
Yes, I did have an audience in mind. Folks like me!

Even though I’m a trained chef, I am a mom first. I deal with the same challenges of trying to put a delicious, home-cooked dinner on the table after a long day at work or an afternoon of driving the kids around.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

On the Scene at India Fest

Posted By on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 6:12 PM

India Fest 2010 packed the Agricenter, and there was plenty of delicious food to be had.


A number of different Indian states (which are tantamount to different countries, with different languages and traditions) were represented, and I tried to sample as much as I could. I took recommendations from the event organizers and was on my way...

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Green Bean Shake

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 2:55 PM


Just because there's been a break in the hot weather, doesn't mean you should give up frosty beverages ... like this absolutely delicious green been shake with coconut milk ($3) from Pho Vietnam.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My New Favorite Restaurant

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 10:55 AM

I spent half an hour yesterday ripping coupons from Memphis City Saver — so many places I want to try.

And it was among the Saver's pages that I found my new favorite restaurant ...


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lunch at Dejavu

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 11:35 AM

There was some pre-ordering angst at our table at Dejavu ... there were just too many things that looked good.

After considering the vegetable plate, Greg decided on the andouille sausage po-boy with red beans and rice.


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Monday, August 23, 2010

Van Cheeseman's Egg Club

Posted By on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 10:23 AM


It’s been difficult to avoid the news about the national recall of eggs (nearly 550 million!) due to Salmonella. While it seems the tainted eggs haven’t reached Tennessee, I was still happy to spot Van Cheeseman’s “Join the Egg Club” sign Wednesday at the Botanic Garden Farmers Market.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Hail to the Milkshake: Obama 44 at Makeda's

Posted By on Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 10:31 AM


The plan was simple enough.

I had heard that Makeda's had ice cream, so I mentioned to Pam that we should stop by after lunch, get a few scoops, and then skedaddle.

But then Tamika Heard, who was working behind the counter enthused, "I love talking about our milkshakes."

So plans changed ...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010


Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 6:26 PM


There are a couple of contests of local interest. One to vote in and one to participate in.

Vote for Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman (pictured above) of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, who've made the top 20 in an instructional video contest for Protein University.

And, Muddy's Bake Shop is holding a T-shirt design contest. The prizes are sweet.

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St. Pat's Coffee

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 10:17 AM


Kenneth Reardon, a member of the South Memphis Farmers Market advisory committee, was being put on the spot.

St. Patrick's Catholic Church (of which Reardon is a member) has been selling coffee at the market since it opened in July. And the name of that coffee?

Seems it doesn't really have one ... until Reardon announces, "St. Pat's Best."

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Posted By on Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 5:56 PM


As previously noted, the Flyer offices had a clean-up day last week.

My area is one of the office's most notable pig-sty: papers and CDs with pictures, little Post-It notes with phones numbers once very important but long forgotten.

I did a lot of tossing last week but a lot of saving as well ... as something in one of those piles might, just might, come in handy one day.

It's an affliction that follows me home, illustrated so perfectly in the Vegetarian Times magazines I've kept from 2004 that are now mildewing in storage.

I've seen that show Hoarders, and I think that I may be only years away from the decomposing-cat-under-a mountain-of-crap scenario. Good thing I don't have any cats.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Odds & Ends: Links and News You Can Use

Posted By on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Pams tomatoes
  • Pam's tomatoes

It's been a productive time for a pair of local bloggers.

Over at Pam Plants a Garden: tomatoes, okra, and a cantaloupe!

And, Midtown Chicks has eggs, including an extra-large one.

As for that news ...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Burp!: "5 Days of Pizza"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 5:54 PM


For his birthday dinner, David Dooley knew he wanted pizza but couldn't decide on a place.

His solution? Go to five place over five days and invite all his friends along.

Guests were given paper chef hats and attachable mustaches. The itinerary: Pete and Sam's, Coletta's, Broadway Pizza, Villa Castrioti, and Memphis Pizza Cafe.

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Dagwood Sandwich at Bronte

Posted By on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 12:14 PM


I was a bit disappointed when the Dagwood Sandwich ($8.95) arrived. Where's the olive garnish?

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bravo Gelato Available in Memphis Starting Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 8:50 AM

  • Nashville Scene

Memphians will get a taste of what Nashvillians have been raving about for some time now: Bravo Gelato.

Last weekend, Bravo general manager Noel Glasgow came to town to meet with some restaurateurs and pitch the product.

The meeting went well. Starting Saturday, the gelato will now be on the dessert menus of Sweet Grass, Interim, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, and Restaurant Iris.

“We’re super-excited to be in Memphis, to grow and improve the business,” says Glasgow.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Memphis Team on "BBQ Pitmasters"

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Tyler Salyer, Kelly Lancaster, Kerrance Chandler, and Nikki Dildine of Big Mouth Smokers
  • Tyler Salyer, Kelly Lancaster, Kerrance Chandler, and Nikki Dildine of Big Mouth Smokers

On Thursday, August 12th at 9 p.m., it’s the premiere of season two of TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters, and it’s a whole different ballgame. While season one followed a group of teams on the barbecue circuit, season two now has a competition-show format, a la Survivor.

In each episode, four teams compete. A “Pitfire Challenge” narrows the field to three, and the winning team of each episode goes on to compete in the finale. The prize: $100,000.

The September 16th episode features Big Mouth Smokers, a Memphis team comprised primarily of teachers from Southwind Elementary.

“Oh, boy,” says Big Mouth’s Tyler Salyer, “here’s what happens ….”

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