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Meet the Top Chef: Kickin' it with Kevin Gillespie

Kevin Gillespie is an Atlanta chef, Top Chef contestant, and has been a finalist and semi-finalist for multiple James Beard awards, including "Rising Star Chef of the Year" and for his cookbook "Fire in my Belly." He and his local restaurants, Gunshow and Revival, are proud supporters of the good food movement and serve seasonal, delicious dishes. While always pushing himself to look at the restaurant industry in innovative ways, Kevin Gillespie’s passion lies in serving quality food every day - including his PeachDish recipe, Stuffed Tomatoes with Savannah Red Rice and Creamed Shrimp. He joined us in the Test Kitchen to chat about his favorite cooking memories, what inspires him, and more!

10 Ways to Cook Summer Squash (When You're Sick of Summer Squash)

Whether you're a CSA subscriber, a neighbor to a generous green thumb, or an avid gardener yourself, the long hot summer months come with a giant wave of summer squash. Zucchini, pattypan, zephyr, crookneck... any and all those mild-mannered, tender, brightly colored fruits make their way into stir fries, salads and hot casseroles - or else monopolize the crisper drawer of your refrigerator before eventually seizing a significant portion of your freezer.

4 Ways to Cheer Up Chicken Salad

Whether it be from the oven, the stovetop or off the grill, leftover chicken means chicken salad to many of us. But (as much as we love Duke's) does it have to mean mayonnaise-caked chunks of chicken and soggy celery? No way - if we're going to be brown-bagging homemade chicken salad sandwiches for days, then you better believe we're going to make it the zestiest, creamiest, and most delicious mixture the break room refrigerator has ever seen. Here's 4 things you can do to put the chic back into your chicken salad:

4 Tips for the Tastiest Turkey Burgers

Utter the phrase “juicy turkey burgers” to a crowd of hungry meat-eaters and you’ll likely be met with sneers and exaggerated eye-rolling. Turkey burgers get a bad rap in comparison to their hearty beef brethren, but why? With the right preparation, turkey burgers embody steamy patties of drool-worthy deliciousness; enough to convert any beef devotee into a turkey burger fan. Follow these 4 handy tips to turn your plain ground turkey into mouth-watering poultry perfection!

The Vivacious Vidalia: 5 Ways

Vidalia Onions are known as a point of pride for our neighboring farmer friends. This vegetable, tag-lined by the phrase “If it’s not from Georgia, it’s not a Vidalia” was developed in Vidalia, Georgia, and only grows in - you guessed it - Georgia soil. Here are 5 summery recipes where the revered allium shines.

Sisterhood of the Trellising Plants: Corn, Beans & Squash

If you planted your summer garden early enough, it should be bursting to life right about now. You'll have rows of towering tomato plants, leafy basil perfuming the yard, and long green tendrils of cucumber plants reaching to latch on to just about anything. You may also have the trio of corn, beans and squash - which your nifty gardening how-to guide instructed you to plant together - but did you ever wonder why they grow so well together?

Your Seasonal Produce Guide: Summer

Summer is the season for raw, cooling foods, refreshing salads, salsa and slaw. It’s also the grilling and barbecue season, where cooking is taken outside of the kitchen and served to a crowd, sometimes theatrically (yes, even before the fireworks!). Break out the pitcher of iced tea (we’ll take ours sweet, thank you), relax on the front porch, and enjoy the night air, whether it’s placid and calm or stricken with a wicked summer storm.

Dive into the Kitchen with US Swimmer Olivia Smoliga

Olivia is one of the top ranked athletes in the world, inspiring future generations of young women and as a leader on the US National Team and ambassador for the sport of swimming. When we discovered that her favorite meal was breakfast, and that one of her signature dishes is a fluffy Dutch baby pancake - we had to make it a PeachDish! Olivia stopped in the Test Kitchen to whip up a version with chèvre and (our favorite!) fresh peaches while we chatted about what inspires her culinary style.

6 Steaks Perfect for Dad

Whether your dad the grill-master of the family or you're simply looking to treat your father to a homemade dinner this Father's Day, a tender, flavorful steak is a wonderful way to show your love and appreciation! There are dozens of cuts of beef, and quite a few of them are steaks... so which do you choose? Try all of these and you'll have an excellent grasp of the variety of taste & texture experiences that different muscle and fat structures create.

How to Build a Better Burrito Bowl

Filling and flavorful, “burrito bowls” give us what we love about hearty burritos while leaving out all the extra calories, salt and fat that come with flour tortillas. However, layering on the more calorie-heavy ingredients, like sour cream and shredded cheese, can rack up those numbers, and while your tastebuds may crave another ladleful of warm queso, your body craves a whole lot more in the way of essential vitamins and beneficial phytonutrients.

From Turnip Greens to Tortillas: Get to Know Chef Eddie Hernandez

As the executive chef of the wildly popular Taqueria del Sol and co-author of the best-selling new cookbook, Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen, Eddie Hernandez knows his way around the taco. This week, he visited our Test Kitchen and whipped up our new favorite dish - Fried Chicken Tacos with Jalopeno-Lime Mayo & Green Peach Salad - while we picked his brain to see where he draws inspiration for such yummy food.

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