News from the Dairy Section

News from the Dairy Section

Most of the time I’m blathering about food, but now I’mma tell you about your breasts, okay? Because I’m a mammographer as well as a food writer and cookbook editor. This makes me (as far as I can tell), a Venn diagram of one. Anyway, about once a week, a woman asks if she reaaaallllly needs a mammo every year. Until about 2009, there was an official answer for this question, which was “it’s a good idea, yeah.” But then there was this report (a...

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Crispy Okra Salad

Crispy Okra Salad

I believe people who say they don’t like okra. I just don’t think they’ve tried very hard. Case in point: this salad. Thin, crunchy fried strips of okra and onion tossed with good garam masala and a fresh tomato hits flavor receptors all over the mouth. A crunch! A tang! A spice! A sting! It’s not Southern cooking for company–slicing okra into strips for more than 4 people would be a pain. But for the home team,...

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Couscous with Peaches and Sugarsnaps

Couscous with Peaches and Sugarsnaps

The last of peach season is here, and before it gets away, I want to give away a stellar peach recipe from Southern Cooking for Company. Book marketers don’t recommend giving away your content. If everything’s available free on the internet, people won’t buy your book. Yet so many generous, open-handed cooks shared their exceptional recipes with me, and I want to share with you. Besides, it’s important to me that people...

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How I almost killed Southern food

How I almost killed Southern food

It’s a relief to be wrong sometimes, like that time I predicted the death of Southern food. It’s right there on the cover of the Wall Street Journal, December 16, 1993. “This food was meant to fuel field work,” I told a reporter. “Desk workers who eat it just up and die at 55.” The Journal sent a reporter to follow me around while I reviewed restaurants. It was a moment in Nashville when few places served good traditional Southern food....

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Hello, I’m Nicki

I've written about food for a living since The Silver Palate was new. Discovering a new cookbook or technique is my idea of fun. And kitchen gear--I'm helpless to resist. Like kitchen projects, the posts here are occasional and open-ended, so please subscribe. You can read more about my work at the "About Nicki" page.

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