Recipes and Stories

21 June 2015: My Father’s Palate

June 21, 2015

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Chili Dogs, My Father's Palate, Meat-and-Three Diners, The Dixie Restaurant

My father's favorite meal, a "good hotdog" and sweet tea, at The Dixie in Petersburg, VA, the kind of Mom-and-Pop joint that he taught me to love.
On this Father’s Day, it occurs to me that while I frequently write about my mother, grandmother, and occasionally my maternal grandfather and their influence on my career as a writing cook, I rarely mention my father. And yet, his integrity, his strong ethics, his wry sense of humor, and his unique way with words are all an indelible part of my own voice as a writer and teacher.

But lately I’ve begun to realize that his influence hasn’t stopped at words. (more…)

29 May 2015: Smothered Pork Chops at The Dixie

May 29, 2015

Tags: The Dixie Restaurant Petersburg VA, Classic Southern Cooking, Smothered Pork Chops, Meat-and-Three Diners

The Dixie’s Smothered Pork Chops, with sides of spoonbread and slow-cooked string beans.
29 May 2015: Smothered Pork Chops at The Dixie

When we’re visiting family in Petersburg, Virginia, we always pay at least one visit to the Dixie Restaurant on Sycamore Street. Known to locals simply as The Dixie, it’s been around since the 1940s. Though over the course of those years this family-owned institution has known several incarnations, today it has returned to its roots as an old-fashioned neighborhood diner. (more…)