Monday, January 31, 2011

Peabody sommelier Krista McCracken Spills on the Master Taster's Club

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 7:22 AM

On Wednesday, the Peabody Hotel launches its Master Taster's Club, a monthly wine-tasting led by Peabody sommelier Krista McCracken.

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.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Cooking Demonstrations at Fresh Market

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM


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.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cheap Pot (the tea kind)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Who says great pot has to be expensive?
  • Who says great pot has to be expensive?
I’ve been getting into teas lately. Okay, that’s dorky and not true, but my one real New Year’s resolution was to finally kick diet soft drinks, and to help manage the cravings I’ve been experimenting. At this point in the process it’s truer and probably healthier for me to say something like, “I’m getting out of artificially sweetened crap-waters,” but that's all beside the real point which is, with the purchase of this mildly modern, super cheap ES tea pot from Viet Hoa on Cleveland, I'm moving my tea-lationship to the next level.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

At Silly Goose, a Birthday and New Menu

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM


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.

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Wine Market Makes A Move

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 10:12 AM


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.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gone Gluten-Free

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 7:55 AM

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.

  • Meatloaf

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.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Neighborhood Milk Route from Evergreen Farm

Posted By on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 2:01 PM


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.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sad Puppy Cake Contest

Posted By on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 5:41 PM

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.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Coming: CupcakeCamp!

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 2:30 PM

  • Portland Mercury
On April 23rd at the Agricenter International, it's the inaugural CupcakeCamp Memphis.

Interestingly enough, no cupcakes will be bought or sold during the event.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011


Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 1:48 PM

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.)

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Coming Clean: A Head Scratcher

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 2:37 PM


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.

It goes.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tennessee = Tomatoes? (Updated)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 11:23 AM

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 gets in on the action with its Doomsday Map: 50 Meals to Eat in 50 States Before the Apocalypse.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Words of Encouragement (and a Recipe) from Ginnifer Goodwin

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Is Ginnifer Goodwin Memphis' most famous vegan? It certainly wasn't Elvis.

In any case, vegan Goodwin is and she's serving as a celebrity coach for the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Got a Great Kitchen Re-do? HGTV Wants You

Posted By on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 9:33 AM


HGTV is looking for Memphians with brag-worthy kitchen renovations for its program Bang For Your Buck.

Full press release below ...

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