Robby Melvin
Test Kitchen Director at Southern Living Magazine, "the Souths most trusted kitchen"

Recent Posts By Robby Melvin

5 Time-Saving Kitchen Tools

In the South, fixing home-made meals is how we show we care. But homemade doesn’t have to mean long, tedious prep work. Use these five time-saving tools and you’ll get dinner on the table faster without sacrificing from-scratch flavor. MICROPLANE ZESTER/GRATER “Grate garlic cloves or fresh ginger for fast flavor without the mincing.” $14.95; surlatable.com CITRUS JUICER “Place citrus, cut-side […]

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Our Valentine’s Day Playlist

Love is the most powerful human emotion and nothing can channel that warm feeling like a song; and this selection takes you there in many ways. Our Valentine’s Day playlist is designed to be listened to with that special someone that, well, makes you feel like music does. From the ethereal acoustic opening chords of Big Star’s Thirteen, to the […]

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Slow-Cooker Success

The slow cooker is pure magic, but it plays by a different set of rules. When I started working on recipes for our new slow-cooker column, I learned by trial and error. The result: our new Southern Living rule book that’ll help you cook like a pro. 1. The slow cooker does most of the work, but take time to […]

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How to Eat Your Way Through Southern Music History

Food and music: It’s what the South does best. If you haven’t made the pilgrimage to the following holy sites of Southern music history, you better get yourself to church. From the birthplace of jazz to the studios that saw recordings from such legends as Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones, this is where you need to go and where you should […]

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10 Southern Rock Bands to Listen to Now

We’re a little music obsessed here at Southern Living (it’s not all layer cakes and window treatments all the time). In tribute to the 60th anniversary of the birth of rock & roll, here are 10 new rock bands—the up & comers, the scrappy next generation—we’re loving these days.

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The South’s Cutest Couple: The Roses of The Peach Truck

The first time I met Stephen and Jessica Rose of The Peach Truck was on a hot June afternoon in a Nashville parking lot where they were selling Georgia peaches out of the back of their ’64 Jeep Gladiator. I knew right away that these two where special.

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Happy Holidaze!

When I took the position of Test Kitchen Director of “The South’s Most Trusted Kitchen” I was told by more than one team member that a sensory confusion would inevitably take place as we soldiered through overtly wintertime recipes in the spring and dove headfirst into summer delicacies in the middle of fall. Such is the schedule of recipe testing, […]

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Feel the Beat: Circa 1920s Egg Beater

“Son, I’ve beat enough eggs with this thing to fill up this room”, my 87-year-old grandmother said to me as she happily placed in my hand this more than old-school whisk (or “beater” as Granny calls it) after our standing Monday supper date. I’ve mentioned my grandmother in regards to a few of my past cabinet digging finds. Honestly, her […]

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Old School Kitchen Treasure: Pressure Cooker Cookbook

Every time I open up a cabinet in search of something, I always end up stumbling upon something else, usually more exciting. Yesterday, while rummaging through some very uninteresting saucepans and veggie steamers, I found a little gem of a cookbook that lost its way between two pots.

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Bring Back The Baconer

This week’s old-school gadget discovery is rooted in one of my earliest food memories. It was at my grandma’s place that I awoke on many Sunday mornings to the smell of drop biscuits baking, farm eggs lightly frying, and, of course, the food group know as bacon wafting its unmistakable aroma through the house. And besides how it tasted, one […]

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