Cat Head Biscuits

June 25th, 2012

How many cat head biscuits can a man eat in one sitting? There are two legitimate types of biscuits in this world: City biscuits and country biscuits, all others are derivatives of the two or store-bought imposters. City biscuits are the like the ones my grandmother made. They were small, slightly salty, delicate, and light. […]


June 21st, 2012

The South Mississippi of the 1960s and 1970s— the Mississippi of my childhood— didn’t lend itself to adventurous dining and exotic ingredients. However, there were two locations where my palette was expanded: Trips to New Orleans with my mother, and dinners at my grandmother’s house. My grandmother hosted weekly lunches after church, and went “all […]

Extra Table— A Progress Report

June 11th, 2012

A few years ago I received a call from the Edwards Street Fellowship Center in my hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss. The small, almost all-volunteer facility feeds over 800 families every month. They were out of food and needed help. I figured the quickest, easiest way to help Edwards Street would be to call my Sysco […]

The U.S.S. Mississippi

June 11th, 2012

My culinary career has taken me all over the world. I have been in Asia, Europe, Central America, Mexico, and almost every major city in the continental United States from coast to coast. But one of the most exciting and memorable professional experiences I have enjoyed took place in Pascagoula, Miss., just 90 miles from […]

Bowling for Buttermilk

May 23rd, 2012

I am blessed with convenience. So much so that I probably take the ease of daily American life for granted. My kids asked for pancakes for breakfast the other day, so I went to the grocery store and bought a pint of buttermilk. It was an effortless and enjoyable experience that took all of 15 […]

Milestones, Deadlines, Longman & Eagle

May 14th, 2012

This column turns 12-years old this month. For almost a dozen years I have written approximately 750 words each week, never missing a week. That’s almost half of a million words (and almost that many pounds gained and lost, as my weight tends to fluctuate with the seasons and the travel schedule). It’s the same […]

Professional Eating

May 8th, 2012

CHICAGO— Every year more than 58,000 restaurateurs from all over the nation (and over 100 countries) descend on Chicago for three days in May. It’s Disneyland for chefs and operators. I’ve been coming to the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show in Chicago, almost every year, since 1991. It helps our company stay on top […]

Destin Eats

April 30th, 2012

DESTIN, Fla— I have had a lifelong love affair with this sector of the south. The sun is nice, the water is pretty, and the sand is world-class. But what brings me back is the food. My affection towards the Florida Panhandle, specifically the Destin area, starts and ends in my stomach. As a kid […]

The Mississippi 20

April 23rd, 2012

I broke another office chair last week. I wasn’t doing anything rough and rowdy, just leaned back and the welding on the swivel/tilt mechanism underneath the chair cracked and my big fat rump fell backwards. Once I got back up and into the chair it fell forward. That brings the official count to three broken […]

Recipe Inspiration

April 16th, 2012

Inspiration for recipes can come from a wide array of places. Part of my job is to travel and get ideas to bring back to our restaurants. Sometimes I find things in little dive bars and joints when I wasn’t looking for inspiration or ideas. Other times some of the most sought after, and upscale, […]