White Barbecue Sauce and White-hot Rivalry Week Action

It’s Rivalry Week here in Alabama, and for the Auburn faithful the taste of last year’s Iron Bowl victory still resonates as sweetly in their minds as it likely burns at the insides of Crimson Tide faithful. In case you missed it, it was quite the doozie. Believe it or not, people around here take this rivalry with a grain […]

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Fit Foodie: Beer Mile Edition

The rules are simple—sprint around a 400-meter track four times to equal one mile. Before each lap, you must consume one 12-ounce beer (of at least 5% ABV) as fast as humanly possible. Oh, and you can’t get sick, unless you want to run an extra lap.

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Take it For a Spin: Why Electronic Facial Brushes are Worth the Expense

Since the emergence of the Clarisonic and its sonic pulse technology, a multitude of mimickers have followed in its wake. Until recently, I was slow to understand the hype. I had never owned a motorized toothbrush. Did I really need a vibrating face-washer? The answer, I soon learned, was yes. Over the course of about a month, I tested both […]

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Mad Delicious Lesson: Frying is a Light Cooking Technique

J.C. and Jo Bell revolutionized peanut butter a few years back when they were charged with creating something amazing from America’s massive peanut surplus. PB2, a powdered peanut butter, is a culinary dream ingredient. Cut 50/50 with Wondra Flour (it’s the superfine sugar of flours), it makes for an unparalleled dredge for chicken. This dish for Georgia Peanut-Fried Chicken retains […]

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Reducing Portions? A Great Excuse to Go Shopping!

It’s Thanksgiving, and at my family get-togethers there’s one story that’s always told. When I was in high school, I was a bit heavy for my height and looking to drop some weight. I read somewhere that serving Thanksgiving dinner on smaller plates helps you to eat less. It struck me as brilliant at the time. So when it came […]

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Persimmons: Holiday Muffins and Granola Goodness

Persimmons can be perplexing. There are several types and a misstep in guessing ripeness can put a pucker in your pout. Instead of playing it safe and using persimmons as decor on your Thanksgiving table, try these two preparations: a spicy muffin and dried slices. Our two young ‘Fuyu’ persimmon trees produced eight gallons of fruit this November. Our wild persimmon trees (Diospyros […]

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Q&A with Sodium Girl Jess Goldman Foung

Last year, we featured Jess Goldman Foung, AKA Sodium Girl in our magazine as our Healthy Habits here for reducing salt. We can’t get enough of Jess; her joy and love of food is infectious. We asked her some questions about how her life and cooking has changed in the last year, and if she could share some lower-sodium ideas […]

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Homemade Walnut Butter

My grandparents have a walnut tree beside their home in North Alabama. Each fall, my grandmother has to race the extremely determined neighborhood squirrels if she wants enough walnuts for just one baked good. I am always reminded  just how precious those nuts are when I visit them–which might explain why I have such a fondness for them now. Walnut-topped […]

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Cookbook Corner: Better From Scratch by Ivy Manning

Cookbook: Better From Scratch Author: Ivy Manning Publisher: Weldon Owen   Contrary to popular belief, you can actually make most items found on the shelves of the grocery store. Most of it came from a kitchen once upon a time before it made its way into your pantry. Ivy Manning’s Better from Scratch dives into the world of making such food from scratch, including chocolate-hazelnut spread (AKA Nutella), dill pickles, and marshmallows. The photos are simple […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus—November 24-28

There’s no stopping it: The holidays are here! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, mostly because it’s a gift-free zone that’s all about family and food. I’m sure you’re all planned out for the big meal this Thursday (if you’re not, check out our complete Holiday Guide), so we’re going to focus this week’s Sunday Strategist on all the […]

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