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PeachDish Stories

Meet the Chef: Cynthia Graubart

Cynthia Graubart is a food writer, James Beard Award winning cookbook author, speaker, former cooking show television producer, and most-recently the author of Chicken: A Savor the South™ cookbook (UNC Press), a treatise containing essential information for the home cook, humorous anecdotes, and 53 wonderful recipes for both southern and international chicken dishes.

Meet the Chef: Doug Turbush

Georgia Grown chef Doug Turbush operates three outstanding Atlanta-area restaurants, including Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar in Marietta, where this lovely take on étoufée is featured. Doug's cuisine utilizes local and seasonal ingredients while drawing inspiration from his neighborhood, Latin, and Southeast Asian sources. He recently came into the PeachDish kitchen to make his Catfish Étouffée with Parmesan Grits.

Supplier Spotlight: Camellia Brand

Camellia is a trusted, family-owned New Orleans company that’s been offering the highest-quality beans since 1923. Their great-grandfather, Lucius Hamilton Hayward, founded the company to sell red beans in the old French Quarter Market in New Orleans, and since then they’ve expanded to offer beans, peas, and lentils to the world. Camellia's legumes are non-GMO, gluten-free, and meet the “Hayward Standard” – the name their growers gave their bean quality standard – which exceeds the top USDA requirements. New Orleanians are famous for their Red Beans & Rice, and they consistently reach for Camellia's beans to make them – as does Pableaux Johnson, the food lover behind our Red Beans & Rice meal kit containing Camellia Red Kidney Beans.

Meet Pableaux Johnson

We were recently fortunate to have New Orleans-based photographer and writer, Pableaux Johnson, visit our test kitchen. Pableaux not only writes about and documents food- he also cooks! Currently on his traveling Red Beans Road Show tour, Pableaux captures the essence of New Orleans food and culture. Below, you'll hear our in-person interview with him.

Charlene's Banana Pudding

We had the pleasure of having Charlene, the vibrant mother of our visual storyteller Kate Blohm, in our test kitchen this week to showcase her famous banana pudding recipe- and to give us a lesson in how good food, family and tradition are the foundations to a classic southern holiday season. This recipe is only made easier and more fun when there are two sets of hands aiding in the process, and the rewards? Sweet homemade goodness only begins to describe the first delectable bite- but don't take our word for it... the proof is in the puddin'!

Dixie's Cranberry Relish

We recently had a very special visitor at our test kitchen. Dixie Winfrey, mother of PeachDish President Judith Winfrey, gave us a lesson on how to prepare her famous Cranberry Relish. This dish is a Thanksgiving classic, and many families, like the Winfrey clan, have their own version. Enjoy Dixie's recipe below- it requires few ingredients and produces outstanding results. Best of all? This recipe is manageable- as Dixie says, "It's not cooking, it's fixin'." We could not have said it better ourselves...

Meet the Chef: Whitney Otawka

WHITNEY OTAWKA is a Georgia chef by way of California with a strong French culinary background. She got her start at a French creperie in Oakland, California and quickly found her passion in the rigorous kitchen environment. Whitney moved from Cali to Athens, Georgia to work at 5&10 and Restaurant Eugene. She is now the executive chef at the Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island where she takes full advantage of Georgian seasonal ingredients and modern, Southern-rooted dishes. When she's not in the kitchen or competing on Top Chef (check out season 9), Whitney writes recipes for home cooks to enjoy.

“Sufferin’ Succotash!”

Centuries later, succotash became an American darling again. The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War II all put American wallets through the ringer. Succotash is filling, nutritious, and- since even in bad times, a pound of beans isn’t going to be a grocery store luxury- affordable. Families could stretch these summer flavors through a few meals and keep dinner healthy and delish.

All About Spoon Bread

Spoon Bread is a dish unique to the South. Like so many Southen dishes, its history is borrowed from different cultures and times. Also like many Southern dishes-- your grandmother probably has a very specific way to make it-- one she's willing to fight for. We'd like to humbly offer our spoonbread with this week's Sauteed Catfish with Spoon Bread and Buttered Green Beans. We promise it's so good that not even Grandma could fuss you for trying something new.

Tomato Pie, Oh My!

Tomato pie is a summer Southern classic. All across the Southeast, when the sun begins to bake the earth, every proper Southern homemaker bakes a tomato pie. Tomatoes are so plentiful this time of year, and they couldn’t be more delicious. Here in Atlanta, we even have an Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Festival to celebrate our local tomato bounty.

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