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Virginia Willis
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French-trained Southern chef and food writer. James Beard Foundation Award Winner. Okra apostle, grits missionary, bourbon devotee, and sustainable seafood instigator.
French-trained Southern chef and food writer. James Beard Foundation Award Winner. Okra apostle, grits missionary, bourbon devotee, and sustainable seafood instigator.

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Busy Bee Last week I taught in Tampa and then spent a few days in Florida helping my dear friend Claire move into her new home and do some chores. I fell in love with pressure washing. It’s been pretty crazy lately — so it was good to step out of my box…
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  Family Business I love pecans and it’s pecan season! I grew up in south Georgia, home to pecans, peaches, and peanuts. In south and middle Georgia there are pecan groves as far as the eye can see. The Willson family at Sunnyland Farms recently invited…
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James Beard Foundation As part of the “More Taste, Less Waste” campaign, the James Beard Foundation recently initiated a recipe contest and asked chefs and culinary professionals to create recipes using oats that can inspire all of us to re-think oats as…
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Tailgate Season We’re about a month into college football season and things are just getting started. All the early supposedly easy games are over and we’re getting into the more serious match-ups. The air is getting crisper and the leaves are starting to…
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  War of Terror In 2010 when I initially wrote this post, I hadn’t written a word about my experiences on 9/11 and hardly ever spoke of it. I couldn’t watch reports on TV — and still can’t. I’ve tweaked and re-posted this piece every year since I wrote…
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 Cool as a Cucumber Did you know that cucumbers are more than 90% water AND the phrase “cool as a cucumber” is a scientific fact! The inside temperature of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air. I love cucumbers and will snack on…
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Summer Melon Cantaloupe responds well to hot summer heat and is currently in high season across much of the US. Generally, this time of year we keep cantaloupe freshly cut and cubed in the fridge. Cantaloupe is one of those fruits that is always found in…
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Fresh from the Garden A garden-ripe, fresh tomato is the absolute ultimate in summer produce. Out of season tomatoes are flavorless rock-hard orbs shipped from some other hemisphere. Out of season tomatoes are nothing if not pure disappointment. In…
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Bushels of Peachy Keen Peach Recipes!
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