Chef's Blog, Chef's Notes Plus

All About Pralines

Among the best known home-made candies, pralines have become a symbol of hospitality in much of the southern United States, particularly New Orleans. Throughout most of the South, the name is pronounced PRAY-leen, but in New Orleans, the common pronunciation is PRAH-leen. Traditional pralines are made using two much beloved […]

Appetizers, Hors D’oeuvre, and Snacks, Free Recipes

Cheddar Corn Fritters

Makes 6 to 8 servings Ingredients 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons sugar 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder, optional Kosher salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 3 ears corn, plus corn milk if available, or 2 cups corn kernels 3 tablespoons diced red or green pepper, […]

Free Recipes, Main Dishes

Chicken-Fried Turkey with Cranberry Relish

Makes 8 servings Inspired by the German influences on regional cuisine, this chicken-friend turkey is our take on an untraditional central Texas-inspired Thanksgiving dish. We made a tangy cranberry relish in place of savory and tart braised cabbage, which is perfectly matched for anything you might find on your holiday […]

Free Recipes, Side Dishes

Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Green Chiles

Cornbread dressing (or stuffing, if that’s your style!) is a southern specialty that we love beside a tangy cranberry sauce and turkey, whether it’s roasted, fried, or grilled. We put poblanos and jalapeños in ours, but other green chiles, like serranos or hatch, will work great, too! Check out this […]

Breakfast and Brunch, Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments

Sausage Gravy

Serve this simple and satisfying Southern-style gravy over biscuits or use it as a topping for a plain omelet. Look for raw ground breakfast sausage as opposed to pre-cooked links or patties. Ingredients 1/2 lb breakfast sausage 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cups milk, plus as […]

Soups and Stews

Seafood Gumbo

Makes 8 servings Ingredients 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper Pinch freshly ground black pepper Pinch cayenne Pinch hot paprika Pinch dried thyme Pinch dried oregano 1 tablespoon canola oil or unsalted butter 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 1/2 cups diced onion 1 1/2 cups diced […]