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August 28, 2014


Dinner on the deck: Lemon Herb Chicken

The first rule for entertaining outdoors is that there are no rules: No courses to follow in order, no seating arrangements, no salad fork. This menu is perfect for an end-of-summer celebration or Labor Day picnic. It uses lots of fresh summery herbs and can be eaten with beer or wine, hot or cold, at the table or barefoot in the park. Grill the chicken or roast it indoors. Either way, it’s delicious served with tangy Yogurt Dill Sauce and Spiced Yellow Rice.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
THE GOURMET TOUCH: Summer days call for homemade lemonade, and lemonade pound cake
Posted: August 27, 2014

Gone are most of the small roadside lemonade stands that once turned youngsters into entrepreneurs at an early age. Gone but certainly not forgotten.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
UNCORKED: When pairing wine with kale … ditch the kale
Posted: August 19, 2014

I hate kale. I don’t know why it is the darling of most foodies and celebrity chefs.

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Relish Weekly Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 9:19 pm

There are as many recipes for chocolate chips cookies as there are folks who love them. Here is our current favorite. We made a few tweaks to the basic cookie. Here’s how and why:

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Saturday 08/16/2014
Fuel Up! Nutritional choices make all the difference on race day
Updated: August 16, 2014 - 11:15 pm

“You are what you eat.” Nothing could be truer for us runners.

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Tuesday 08/12/2014
THE GOURMET TOUCH: This barbecue sauce has a surprise ingredient
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Grilling out usually calls for barbecue sauce, and many grill chefs work long hours developing just the right flavor in their sauce — although you might have a hard time getting the recipe. My husband thought his friend, Charles Prater, made the best barbecue. He would always try to get a sample when Charles was grilling.

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Soda stream: Root Beer Baby Back Ribs
Posted: August 12, 2014

Cooks discovered the benefits of cooking and baking with sodas years ago. Chocolate cake made with Coca-Cola is almost a staple in the South; 7Up appears in pound cake; Sprite forms the base for punches of all kinds; and Orange Crush give zing to sherbet. So it should come as no surprise that root beer makes an excellent marinade and sauce for ribs. As a marinade, the sugar flavors the meat, while the carbonation tenderizes it. And there’s no doubt it’s easy as can be.

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Sunday 08/10/2014
SMALL TALK: Executive chef gives monthly lessons at Classic at Buckhorn
Posted: August 10, 2014

As a resident of the Buckhorn Community in Weaver, Kim Campbell was intrigued when the neighborhood calendar advertised a cooking class at nearby Classic at Buckhorn.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
UNCORKED: Tasting Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s award-winning rosé
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 10:08 pm

An erudite wine colleague once said, “Everyone is an expert on their own taste.” This was his way of acknowledging that not everyone likes the same wines, and also to reinforce the opinions of those with the chutzpa to go against the majority.

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A stellar salad: Classic Caesar
Posted: August 05, 2014

It's a balmy 90 F. Who wants to cook? We say, bring on the cold salad, and while you’re at it, make it a Caesar—brimming with savory cheese, crispy croutons and cool, refreshing lettuce.

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Saturday 08/02/2014
Lisa Davis: What’s in a name?
Posted: August 02, 2014

Has anybody seen my Coke?

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SMALL TALK: The desert love story behind Smoke-N-Hot BBQ
Posted: August 02, 2014

Love can take root in the most unlikely of places.  

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
When life gives you tomatoes, make sauce
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 8:21 pm

In January, there isn’t a juicy tomato to be found, but now at the end of July, we’re awash in them. Once we’ve had our share of salsa, gazpacho and caprese salad, we get out the jars and make sauce to last all winter. We have lots of variations, but this one from Relish contributor Karry Hosford is simple, flavorful and rock-solid. The key is roasting the tomatoes.

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THE GOURMET TOUCH: Fried pies are a little slice of Southern
Posted: July 29, 2014

Turnover or fried pie? For most Southerners, this is not a difficult decision. Fried pie wins by a mile.

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Friday 07/25/2014
UNCORKED: Sparkling wines for every budget
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Of all the sparkling wines made in the world, Champagne is, hands down, the most famous.

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Saturday 07/19/2014
Local pastry chef is headed for the kitchens of France
Updated: July 19, 2014 - 11:09 pm

A buzz of anticipation surrounded Garfrerick’s Café last month when Lucy Knight, a young pastry chef trained at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan and a native of Calhoun County, was invited by owner David Garfrerick to serve as guest chef.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Saturday-night steak and gravy — updated for today
Posted: July 15, 2014

A meal doesn't have to be "gourmet" to be good. In fact, many times a simple meal can be the most memorable.

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HOT BLAST: Explaining the price of beer
Posted: July 15, 2014

Interesting take on why you pay what you pay for a beer at a bar or restaurant. One bar owner -  Michael Naessens is the owner of Eulogy Belgian Tavern and Bierstube - says:

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Saturday 07/12/2014
Foraging for the elusive chanterelle in the woods of Calhoun County
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 2:42 am

A culinary adventure began for three Jacksonville residents early one July morning, where a rutted, grassy trail dead-ended into a common stand of woods in Calhoun County.

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Tuesday 07/08/2014
When wine came to Alabama
Posted: July 08, 2014

Ever wonder how all that wine makes its way to the shelves of your grocer or wine store?

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Tuesday 07/01/2014
Easy coffeecakes for a patriotic breakfast
Posted: July 01, 2014

If your Independence Day celebration calls for a big meal, a simple slice of coffeecake might be all that is needed for breakfast.

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