Recipes and Stories

27 March 2018: Shrimp Bonnie

March 27, 2018

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Savannah Cooking, Tybee Island, Shrimp, Shrimp Bonnie, Bonnie Gaster, Hoecakes

Shrimp Bonnie is equally good served over hoecakes or pasta or even a bed of hot grits.
One of the real joys of teaching is the sharing. It’s more than just showing someone the basics of cooking, but also sharing the subtleties that make a cook into a good one, trading culinary secrets with other teachers and students, and revisiting memories of the people who’ve shaped me into the cook I’ve become.

Unhappily, it’s been a year since my last class. So, a recent class for a group of feisty Southern ladies who gather under the singularly appropriate appellation “Southern Comfort” marked a welcome return of the sharing, trading secrets, and revisiting of memories.

The best memories it brought to fore were of my lovely friend Bonnie Gaster, the fabulous cook who helped me create the appetizer that opened the class. (more…)

11 November 2014: Poached Eggs and Entertaining Without a Turkey

November 11, 2014

Tags: November Entertaining, Classic Southern Cooking, Poached Eggs, Hoecakes, Eggs Savannah

Eggs Savannah don't have to be confined to the brunch table
Before we launch into preparation for that all-consuming late-November cooks’ holiday (you know the one with the big bird in the middle of the table), here’s a gentle reminder that you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving Day to entertain in November.

Even if the only entertaining you are, excuse the expression, entertaining is that weekend, say you’re having friends and family staying over during the holiday, you’re going to need something other than an oversized bird to keep them happy. (more…)