Norman King

Recent Posts By Norman King

The Best Roast Chicken Ever?

Is the pinnacle of poultry cookery a whole roasted chicken? If the statement is true, I’ve found a revelation in roasting the humble bird…well for now anyway. With no shortage of ways to cook chicken, the simple roasted version has always been my favorite and yet the most difficult to get consistent results. In fact, for years, I’ve continued to […]

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The Secret To Delightful Cocktails

Through many a wasted shot of liquor in failed attempts at making cocktails, I stumbled upon a trick that often turns a so-so cocktail into a “This is delightful!” cocktail. The secret is fresh citrus peel. A simple twist of citrus peel adds essential oils and a burst of flavor onto the surface of the cocktail, enhancing its “nose” or […]

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Pressure Cookers Are Back!

Thanks to high-quality materials and a bevy of safety features, the leaky valves, noisy shakes and rattles, and complicated locking mechanisms of old-school pressure cookers are ancient history.

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Ice-Cube Tray from Back in the Day

As the temperature rises, I find my behavior changing in two distinct ways. First, I avoid being outside of air-conditioned buildings between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m., and second, I begin to add lots of ice to my bourbon. Being somewhat of an ice snob, I have various sizes and shapes of ice on hand to assist in […]

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Old School Kitchen Treasure: Wear-Ever Aluminum

School’s out for summer, and that means meals begin to hit the road for picnics, cookouts, and potlucks. Last weekend, I went cabinet digging to find the perfect picnic basket for a portable feast. Instead of finding a basket, I came across a shiny piece of food storage history. It’s hard to imagine packing up food to-go without the miracle material, […]

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Fry Without Fear

In The Way To Fry, his new cookbook out this month, Southern Living Test Kitchen pro Norman King demystifies this regional art. As a curious cook, I rely on science as much as Southern wisdom. Take shallow frying, a technique we’ve improved in five easy steps.

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Like Hot Water for Chocolate: My Lesson in Making Hot Water Cornbread

The following is an essay from my new Southern Living cookbook, The Way to Fry. I remember the day I learned to make hot water cornbread with absolute clarity. It was Christmas Day and my grandfather (Gang Gang, as he is most commonly known) was poking and prodding his holiday cooking project; a soaked, boiled, baked, and glazed Virginia ham […]

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It’s Super Bowl Time, and That Means Wings

Whether hot-and-spicy or sticky-and-sweet, wings are always a welcome guest for Super Bowl parties. All you need for this year’s game is a fool-proof strategy for making the tastiest customized wings you’ve ever had. Follow these 5 easy steps and enjoy wings that are just the way you like them.

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Holiday Cranberry Bar

Not a fan of anything gelatinous? We won’t revoke your Southern card. Just get (cranberry) sauced with a cocktail.

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Deep Fried Friday: Thanksgiving Dressing

Looking ahead to Thanksgiving, I’m plopping some dressing in the deep fryer to make a one-bite appetizer.

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