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When in Memphis: The Dirty Crow Inn

When in Memphis: The Dirty Crow Inn

By Chris Abbott When discussing where Arkansans stop to eat during their time in Memphis, you’ll get the typical bag of responses; Rendezvous, Central BBQ, Huey’s and maybe Blues City Café if talking to a late-night diner. Because of this, I would be doing you […]

Recent Eats: ZAZA, Zoe’s Kitchen, and South on Main

Recent Eats: ZAZA, Zoe’s Kitchen, and South on Main

  Thoughts from some of my recent eating experiences… Mixed bag last week at ZAZA last week as my Vietnamese Chicken Salad was on point but the Petit Jean Ham & Pineapple pizza missed the mark. The latter had a soggy interior, and, after one […]

Southern Living’s No Taste Like Home

Southern Living’s No Taste Like Home

New cookbook takes a look at The South!

I recently received a copy of Southern Living’s No Taste Like Home, A Celebration of Regional Southern Cooking and Hometown Flavor (authored by Kelly Alexander).

The 320-page book is comprised of various recipes from celebrities, “locals,” chefs, and authors from six regions of The South: The Heart of Dixie, Cajun Country, Big, Bold Texas, The Piedmont & the Mountains, The Bluegrass, Bourbon & Barbecue Trail, and The Coastal South.

Recipes range from the more advanced, like Donna D’Errico’s Country Captain (page 4) to Mo’Nique’s simple F.A.T. Green Beans (page 270).

I chose a recipe that fell right down the middle in level of difficulty: Memphis local Carol Saucier’s Corn Chowder (page 239). Truthfully, this 4-step, 9-ingredient recipe was certainly very easy to pull off. I made a few modifications to the original recipe (based on what I did and didn’t have around the house), substituting Petit Jean sausage for the bacon, adding some fresh corn, and ditching the nutmeg.

The end product turned out to be a hit with the family. I particularly enjoyed how the chowder’s base wasn’t as thick as I had anticipated. I definitely recommend opting for the inclusion of some fresh corn. It will add a nice sweetness and texture to the chowder, as well as serve as an excellent garnish.

The book itself is fun, informative, and a nice reference source to any aspiring cook. Unfortunately, there was no mention of Arkansas…a fact that comes as a bit of a disappointment to this Little Rock food blogger.

Aside from that, No Taste Like Home does an excellent job of capturing the flavor of The South… from Bobby Dean’s Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken (page 292), to Eva Longeria’s Mint Lemonade (page 140), to Chef John Tesar’s Salt-Crusted Red Drum, and more! These recipes, along with Alexander’s brief look into each sub-region’s history and culture, make this book highly enjoyable.

Note: Book was complimentary, but opinions are my own.

The Dish: Gus’s Fried Chicken

The Dish: Gus’s Fried Chicken

The dish…on just one dish! Count the Shalin household as huge fans of Gus’s Fried Chicken. I picked up a take-out order this afternoon, marking my inaugural visit to the Little Rock location. A few months back, Gus’s was the final leg in our 2-day, […]