Y'all, this heat is heavy. In need of a light and cool summer meal, I aimed for an airy Asian dish that highlights natural flavors and awe-inspiring colors. I plucked both the ahi tuna and cucumber at the Memphis Farmers Market last Saturday, and I spotted some prepped jicama at my Whole Foods location. Ten minutes prep max yields a ten-fold amount of impressionable plating and tasting! Serve alongside a crisp dry Pinot Grigio and, perhaps, a shareable bowl of steamed edamame. Cheers! Makes Read more...

It's inevitable -- one of the biggest entertaining "fears" of our time is the post-meal process of clean-up. We're supposed to be the hostesses who can juggle prep, presentation, and conversation all at once, right? Now as a homeowner, I have a whole new respect for my mom's graceful -- if not effortless -- portrayal of dishes and miscellaneous dinner duties while growing up. And thanks to So Fresh and So Green Clean, I understand how simple and cerebral the concept of post-party cleanup Read more...

Friday. The day we long for. I wholeheartedly believe that Friday lunch is the perfect preview for a wonderful weekend ahead; so when time allows, I make plans accordingly. Below are my top five Friday lunch suggestions which, if possible, would sit in my schedule on repeat. Which do you most prefer? 1. FELICIA SUZANNE'S The famous twenty-five cent martinis and biscuits will draw any pedestrian through the Main Street red doors of Felicia Suzanne's on a Friday at noon. Yet now, on the adjacent Read more...

Perhaps it's due to my tiny basil plant growing in the corner of my window, or my last month's bounty of local produce; but nonetheless, I have been craving a garden-inspired dish for the summertime dinner table. Saturday morning, I strolled 'round the corner to the farmers market. I found a bag of English peas, already peeled (yes.), and a couple of bright green zucchini. Thus, the garden pasta plan was born. Though linguine or bucatini would have been fabulous, I felt proud of the healthier Read more...

While preparing for our March wedding, Alex and I decided right off the bat to incorporate as many tasteful food-related components as possible. I made no exception when asking my bridesmaids, who would unexpectedly receive a DIY package that'd prepare us for quite the marital toast! This Moscow mule kit incorporates everyone's favorite houseware piece -- a copper mug -- and other fine ingredients. I purchased my mugs locally at The Stovall Collection, and the beautifully-branded ginger Read more...

I am grateful to live and work steps from the National Civil Rights Museum. The campus serves as an unparalleled lens into the civil and human rights narratives of our city, nation, and world. I always recommend its exhibits to out-of-towners, though I admittedly take the space and its powerful force for granted. And for many, the Museum marks a moment in history -- the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Yet upon becoming more engaged in the Museum's Read more...

Summertime patio hangouts and house parties call for the most coveted fruit of the season—peaches. The color and complexity of the ingredient stands well on its own; though when caramelized on a crostini or marinated with honey, the heightened flavors welcome a perfect sweet and savory combination. Surpass the standard presentation and test this peachy rendition, now featured in the June issue of Good Health Magazine! Makes 8 servings Basil pesto: 1 packed cup of basil ¼ cup pine Read more...

There's really something about celebrating Dads in the South -- perhaps it's the backyard cookout with lemonade and cold beer; or a calm, cool and collected family walk in the park; or a family meal on the patio with shareable plates and pie. Southerners seem to relish in those moments and gatherings, and I especially find this to be the case on Father's Day. Father's Day falls on June 18; in case you got nervous about timing, you have plenty of time to plan and celebrate Dad the proper way. I Read more...

As recently discussed in a picnic post, I have been craving hot Southern nights under the stars and daytime dining al fresco. I find that a meaningful gathering is highly prioritized in the South, providing an opportunity to relish in hospitality and warm conversation. Southern Food Fest (May 16-22) at Whole Foods, therefore, could not arrive at a better time. Whether local honey, greens, potatoes, fried chicken or butter, Southern cooking should be celebrated (and elevated). I took the Read more...

With Memorial Day around the corner and a summer forecast of sunny skies and abounding live music, picnicking presents the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the spirit of the season. I first got the summer picnic bug when perusing City & State (a typical weekend agenda item). A Yield field bag caught my eye. I debated the necessity for a brief moment and, next thing I knew, it was in my back car seat with an iced bon bon in the cup holder. Friends, don’t debate the potential debacles Read more...