Donna Florio

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How to Cook the Perfect Rack of Lamb

Chef Wesley True of Montgomery, Alabama’s True shares his Easter secrets. Rack of lamb is actually pretty simple if you remember three main points.

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In Baltimore, A Ravens-Inspired Super Bowl

At Baltimore’s Kennedy-Krieger Institute, the special-ed students who run the school’s Café James are showing their team colors on the menu. When they learned the Ravens would be playing in the Super Bowl–an event they’d long been waiting for–they eagerly dreamed up a purple rain of recipe ideas to serve on Thursday and Friday.

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It’s Oyster-Eating Time

Chilly fall and winter weather signal the perfect time for eating oysters, and in coastal South Carolina (aka the Lowcountry), that means it’s time to have an oyster roast. This Sunday, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival–likely the world’s biggest oyster roast–will celebrate its 30th year at Boone Hall Plantation.  More than 80,000 pounds of oysters will be steamed and served. That’s a lot […]

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Fried Chicken Goes Hollywood

Now that the Oscar nominees have been announced, and the ceremony is little more than a month away, the really serious deliberations begin: What should you serve at your party? This year we’re giving dainty little bites a pass, and handing the statuette to over-the-top Southern fare served by Atlantan-turned-Beverly Hills-resident, Alex Hitz .

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Even Frodo Would Envy This Underground Club

Get your tickets now for the greatest show on, err. . . below, Earth.  Tickets are going fast for PBS‘s March 9 taping of Bluegrass Underground in Cumberland Caverns’ 3.5 million-year-old Volcano Room, near McMinnville, TN.

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All I Want for Christmas Is A Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuit

Make Southern memories tomorrow morning–bake a batch of high-rising buttermilk biscuits. You can get them into the oven in about 25 minutes, and will only need 5 on-hand ingredients. For the tastiest, most tender biscuits, use real butter and soft-wheat flour such as Martha White or White Lily.  Serve with more butter, honey, your favorite preserves, or ham for an […]

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All I Want for Christmast is A Savory Breakfast Casserole

We love a big, rich breakfast casserole in the South, especially on Christmas morning, and Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole is a delicious, hearty choice. Get a jump start by cooking the sausage the night before, and placing it in a plastic zip-top bag to chill overnight. You’ll be one step ahead on Christmas morning, giving you time to enjoy the […]

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All I Want for Christmas is A Holiday Poundcake

Looking for a truly special holiday poundcake? Cream Cheese-Coconut-Pecan Pound Cake is one of our all-time favorites.  It’s a stately cake, crowned with a snowy layer of coconut, and enhanced with a touch of bourbon.  Garnish it with easy sugared cranberries and rosemary for a truly dazzling dessert. Cream Cheese-Coconut-Pecan Pound Cake Makes 10 to 12 servings Total time: 3 hours […]

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All I Want for Christmas Is Linzer Cookies

There’s still time to bake, and these beautiful, melt-in-your-mouth cookies are well worth the time. Raspberry jam is the traditional filling, and its tart sweetness complements the buttery shortbread cookies.  Use 2 different-size star cutters to create the dramatic look. But if these don’t squelch your cookie-baking enthusiasm, try one of our other favorites.

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All I Want for Christmas Is A Luscious Latte

Brrr! The weather outside is frightful in much of the South, and a cup of something warm and creamy beckons.  We’ll take Chocolate Latte, thank you. Curl up on the couch with a cup, and bask in the cozy glow of the Christmas tree–you’ve earned a sweet reward. 

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