Food and Drink

Booze Blog: Light Spring Beer

We tested three beers, because… Friday. Spring has sprung, he wrote sarcastically. Here in Birmingham, we, like the majority of the country, anxiously await spring’s permanence. Keep the April showers and give us the May flowers already. BUT when spring finally arrives, what better way to enjoy it than with sunshine at your back and a frosty beverage in hand? Ergo, […]

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Wine Pairings: What Should I Drink with Shrimp Scampi?

Picture this: a warm spring day, robins chirping, jonquils, snapdragons, bacopas, zinnias, verbenas, and petunias in full bloom under a breathtakingly-blue, cloudless, impossibly-sunny sky. What could complete this imagery? If you were thinking a healthy, delicious Shrimp and Broccoli Scampi dish, we’re on the same page. And to complement that succulent entrée, you’ll need a refreshing bottle of white wine. For […]

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Fresh Right Now: Morel Mushrooms

Morel madness sets in with seasonal-food fiends this time of year. If you haven’t had a fresh morel, the $30-a-pound price might seem insane. But you don’t need many to get that morel essence, and they’re not heavy. What you get is this: a delightfully chewy texture and woodsy, almost smoky flavor in a mushroom that has a pleasing honeycomb […]

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What Should I Drink with Roast Pork with Apples?

In life, there are many tough questions– why are we here; what are we here for; how has Hollywood not made a sequel to Willow; why haven’t I won the lottery yet? Yet, out of all the confounding consternations, perhaps one of the more confusing conundrums is this: What should I drink with my meal? If you’re dining on succulent Roast Pork […]

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All-Day Energy Eating

Our bodies need calories to create the energy we need to experience that vim, zip, and get-up-and-go. But it matters how those calories are packaged—whether they’re bundled with protein, fiber, and healthy fats or delivered as refined carbs and sugars. Refined, simple carbs, found in many snacks, cause a spike in blood sugar followed by the notorious crash. Complex foods […]

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Cooking Class: Pan-Charred Green Veggies

It turns out that many of the foods we eat are mostly water, and cooks take advantage of that one way or another through the physics of cooking. In the case of green vegetables, such as beans and asparagus, we often lightly boil or steam them to prevent drying out or over-cooking. But there’s another approach: manipulate the water content […]

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Today’s Special: Fava Bean Salad from Chef Mike Lata of FIG

The first produce of spring gets chefs all excited. Mike Lata, chef-owner of highly acclaimed restaurants FIG and The Ordinary in Charleston, South Carolina, considers fava beans to be the ultimate signal of the mild new season. “They’re inspiring, from a chef’s perspective, after working with the same turnips and hardy winter greens for the last several months,” he says. […]

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5 on Friday: 5 American Food Terms that are Bloody Confusing to the British

There are a few things that Americans name differently which really seem to grind the gears of our pre-colonial comrades. Take “soccer” for example. While the rest of the world refers to this sport as “football,” we have our own special pet name for it, and use the term “football” for a completely different sport that doesn’t really involve much […]

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Oscar Party Science Oven Magic, Tasty Frozen Treats, and Texas-Sized Flavors

This Sunday is Hollywood’s big night. Everywhere you look, you’ll see bow ties and bangles, diamonds and pearls–and that’s just at the viewing party at my house! If you’re planning an Oscar Party to enjoy the festivities while you pull for your favorite on-screen stars, we’ve put together a menu of healthy recipes inspired by the Oscar nominees to serve […]

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Today’s Special: Kale Salad with Grilled Artichokes from Chef Wolfgang Puck

In the world of winter greens, kale is king. It’s become a shining star among veggies in general, thanks to its reputation as a healthy superfood. “Nowadays, it seems like everyone in the world knows that kale is good for you,” says Wolfgang Puck—himself a king among chefs and garnering some of the best restaurant reviews of his amazing career. […]

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