Mardi Gras

Creole shrimp and grits in a white bowl, with a spoon above the bowl with a shrimp in it.

Creole Shrimp and Grits

Tanya Holland gives us Southern comfort food with Big Easy flair. That’s what we think of these perfectly spiced shrimp swimming in a slightly spicy sauce with ample cheesy grits to soak it all up.

Pain perdu-French toast with raspberries piled on a plate dusted with icing sugar, a dollop of whipping cream, and raspberries.

Pain Perdu ~ French Toast with Raspberries

Happy National French Toast Day! This recipe for Pain Perdu (French toast) is made with golden eggy bread, tart raspberries, and rich cream. It’s the best way to celebrate, we think.

Key lime slice and bake cookies garnished with lime zest beside slices of lime, all on a sheet of parchment paper.

Key Lime Slice-and-Bake Cookies

Cookie dough that can be made in advance and then sliced and baked whenever you want? And they taste like Key lime pie? Yes, please!

Pibil-style pork ribs on sheets of parchment paper with a bowl of habanero salsa next to it.

Pibil-Style Pork Ribs

Here’s a sweet little recipe for Pibil-style ribs–less work than a traditional full pig but with all of the taste. Roll up your sleeves and pass the napkins!

A cast-iron pan filled with smothered pork chops in a thick caramelized onion and cream sauce beside a plate of wild rice.

Smothered Pork Chops

Juicy pork chops are a perennial favorite around here. Smother ’em in a creamy, Creole, caramelized onion gravy… oh my lord.

A large enamel pot filled with chicken perloo with a ladle.

Chicken Perloo

A richly warming, comforting combination of earthy spices and smoky chicken. Comes together easily and brings everyone to the table.

A floral tablecloth with a cellar of pink salt, a plate of cornbread, and a pot of field peas and snap beans along with pot liquor and a chunk of salt pork.

Field Peas and Snap Beans

A pretty quick simmer turns field peas and snap beans into a pot full of Southern perfection. The pot liquor that you end up with is tasty as heck, too.

A blue skillet with paper towel and a pile of breaded, deep-fried cauliflower. A bowl of dip in the background.

Popcorn Cauliflower Bites

A terrific snack, appie, or side dish, that nearly everyone will devour. Crispy fried vegetables dipped in your choice of sauce? Yes, please!

A white plate with four long slices of banana, covered in melted sugar and rum sauce, with a scoop of ice cream and a spoon.

Bananas Foster

We bet you’ve always wanted to try your hand at this lush dessert, if you haven’t already. It might even be easier to pull off than you think.

Shrimp and Grits

Creamy Southern stone-ground grits with Cheddar cheese, plump sautéed shrimp, crisp bacon, garlic, and scallions.

Three glasses of sweet tea cocktail on a wooden table.

Sweet Tea Cocktail

Sweet tea. Whiskey. Lemon juice. That’s all it takes to make a sassy summertime cocktail you’ll want to sip all afternoon long.

A platter of baked shrimp with Creole sauce with bread slices on the side.

Baked Shrimp with Creole Sauce

Piles of tender shrimp, smothered in a lush, buttery, spiced sauce that’s perfect for sopping up with bread. Pass the napkins!

A chile-spiked margarita on a linen cocktail napkin with a lime wedge on the side and a whole green chile in the drink.

Chile-Spiked Margarita

If you’ve ever sought an excuse to start making your own margaritas, this is it. Salted, warming, and lip-puckering limey. Fresh!

A newspaper-topped table strewn with crawfish, corn, peppers, and potatoes - a classic crawfish boil.

Crawfish Boil

Call some friends, set a pot of water to boil, and chill some beer. There’s mudbugs to be had.

Three assorted bowls of lime frozen yogurt with black pepper with a spoon on the side.

Lime Frozen Yogurt with Black Pepper

An honest-to-goodness hot weather refresher. A riff on frozen yogurt that combines the tang of lime with an unexpected burst of flavor from crushed black peppercorns. Inspired.

Pieces of Rodney Scott's whole bbq chicken on a cutting board with a knife beside them.

Rodney Scott’s Whole BBQ Chicken

For those in the know, Rodney Scott is a barbecue sensation. For those of you who don’t know, allow us to introduce you to his sublime smoked chicken—and tell you how to make it at home.

A white bowl filled with pimento cheese and some saltine crackers topped with the cheese next to the bowl

Barbecue Pimento Cheese

Not all pimento cheese recipes are created equal. This one, with a touch of barbecue, definitely has an unfair advantage.

A white plate of pan-fried bananas with brandy that have been drizzle with coconut cream with a fork resting on either side.

Pan-Fried Bananas with Brandy

Boozy bananas are lavished with a cheater’s caramel sauce made with butter, brandy, and brown sugar in this outrageously simple riff on a Southern classic. No flames required.