In the September 2010 issue of Food & Wine Magazine, you’ll find “Party at the Drop of A Hat,” the story we wrote about a Charleston party with our friends, milliner-to-the-stars Leigh Magar and her husband, artist and architect Johnny Tucker. We developed recipes that channel Leigh’s mad-hatter-meets-southern-farmers-market spirit, and served them in the garden of her Charleston studio, with many fedoras, trilbys, and cocktail lids in attendance. Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho with Crab! Pan-Roasted Okra and Corn! Fried Triggerfish with Green Tomato Tartar Sauce! So much more summer left, y’all, gotta rock it!
Folks in South Carolina can watch “Take on the South: What is Real Southern Cooking?” our debate with our friend John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, on SCETV Monday, July 12th at 7PM and on Friday at 9PM. See the “Take on the South” web page for details.
We were delighted to learn over the 4th of July weekend that The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern won the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award in Cooking. We thank all the independent booksellers around the South who truly made the difference when it came to spreading the word, and supporting our cookbooks. Click here for more info on the SIBA Awards.
If you’re grilling this weekend, try our Cheese Relish Burger, which recently appeared in the Associated Press “20 Burgers of Summer” Feature. It’s a burger topped with the Cheese Relish–a pimento cheese variation we found in the D.C. area–a recipe that appears in The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern. Have a great weekend, and Happy Father’s Day, Dads! Here’s the burger recipe.
Smoke Southern Barbecue Revival is truly a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Blythewood, SC! After the “Take on the South” taping, Tom, Heath, Dan, and the gang hosted a positively epic dinner at their roadhouse/backyard-woodpile/performance-shed/fire-pit after the taping. Heath’s kitchen rocked a menu from Simple Fresh Southern: Garlic-Chile Soft Shell Crabs! Ambrosia with Shrimp! Duck with Raspberries and Rose! Oh, and let’s not forget the pick-your-own suckling pig and lamb stations, too. Wildflowers on the tables, awesome live music, and a first for us: a bellydancer performing at a booksigning (definitely won’t be the last!). Thanks to all the guests and performers. And for those who didn’t make it off the wait list, we will definitely be back at Smoke soon!
Many thanks to Walter Edgar, SCETV, and the Institute for Southern Studies at USC for inviting us to appear on “Take on the South,” debating our friend John T Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, on the subject: What is REAL Southern Food? The show premieres July 10, 2010 on SCETV, and on other Public Television stations throughout the South thereafter. We’ll post air-times/dates for “Take on the South” on our website, Twitter, and Facebook when available.
James Beard Cookbook nominations: American Cooking: My New Orleans, Real Cajun, The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor
Folks in and around Hudson, NY, come by Spotty Dog Books and Ale, 440 Warren Street, this Saturday, March 20 at 5PM for a signing with tasting (Ginger Lemonade and Cheese Relish from Simple Fresh Southern!), as part of DeFrost: A Benefit for WGXC Radio. Hope to see you there!
Many thanks to all who hosted and showed up to events on our Spring tour! We had a blast meeting new friends and catching up with old ones. Special shout-outs to Williams-Sonomas in Richmond/Durham/Columbia; to Jay Pierce and the Lucky 32 crew (Smoked Shrimp with Green Goddess Fingerlings…yow!); to Sheila and Deal at the Salisbury Bookpost (congrats on the gorgeous new location!); to the SC Book Fest crowd (Columbia: Famously Hot!); to Cook’s Station in Greenville (celeb sightings: Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Strobel and KiKi Strobel Ross; love y’all!); and to Terry, Lanier, Peggy, and Mark, our hosts in Beaufort: THANK YOU! Still recovering from the Charleston Wine and Food Fest, way, way too much fun…