The Grocery

Charleston's restaurant scene is as dynamic as ever. It's been great getting back into the swing of things here and re familiarizing myself with old favorites, and finding new ones. When I left Charleston in 1999, the so-called "Upper King Design District" consisted basically of King Street Skates and Miss Alice's Fine Foods. Needless to …

Maillard Reaction, with Apologies to Chef James Clark

My buddy Chef James Clark is arguably the most avid outdoorsman I know this side of Rene Redzepi, and probably a whole lot more fun. While you can imagine Rene truckin' around the woods outside Copenhagen looking for edible lichens to pair with a cardamom - milk skin, Chef James would much rather spend time …

Anecdote of the Pulled Pork BBQ Hash

"What," I asked flatly "did you say?" The elder brother replied. "May I try some of that also?" ...and then there were none. The morning smells of pecan - laced smoke, caramelizing onions, malt vinegar and muscovado sugar grafted to crispy taters and shredded porcine goodness had done the job. It was the nudge needed …

The Super Secret Burger

This blog begins with a cheeseburger. Due both to the fact that it is first and foremost the primary focus of my younger step son's diet, and to its iconic status in American foodways,  I wanted to weigh in. As the previous Executive Chef at Gaylord Opryland, the 17th largest hotel and convention center in …