Duck and Turnip Stew with Dandelion Greens

Duck and Turnip Stew with Dandelion Greens Garnished with Pickled Okra

Often when we think of Southern Soul food, we think of mac and cheese, fried chicken, collard greens, and potato salad–to name a few dishes. In reality, it’s about the first animal shot in the morning and served in a stew in the evening. Depending on the size, it’s served in various forms within the next few days. Bellies are salted and cured for preservation (Read: Bacon). Bones, such as poultry backs with little meat, are used for broth. Inners are fried to a crisp or simmered in broth. Fat is rendered into lard for baking or frying. Brains are served in rich root vegetable gratin dishes freshly made with butter, cream or buttermilk (that generation wasn’t lactose-intolerant). Generations ago, our grandparents feasted on wild possums, doves, turtles, squirrels, rabbits and deer. As Craig Samuel, co-owner of Peaches Restaurant in Brooklyn, mentioned, “…it’s the food that kept our grandmothers…[and families] alive…” Read more

Appetizing Places: Peaches July 4th Cocktails

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Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with a few cocktails. Craig Samuel, co-owner of Peaches Restaurant in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn has three special drinks for the July 4th weekend (they’re probably available year round, tell the bartender MyLifeRunsOnFood.com sent you): Blackberry Smash Infused with Blackberry Vodka, White Julep (a variation on a mint julep using clear corn liquor), and Stuyvesant Sidecar. Their signature cocktail, The Brownstone Punch is the popular sweet thirst-quencher with the locals. Read more

Turkey Meatloaf with Mushrooms and Herbs

This past weekend is the last of the grand dinners until I’ve settled into my new apartment… with a larger kitchen. Over the next few weeks, I’ll cook meals requiring less equipment for obvious reasons (unpacking boxes). The Fall menu includes Butternut Squash Gratin and Sautéed Kale. I admit, I’m not much of a meat person, but I feel honored to have finally made a juicy and flavorful meat recipe. The next day’s leftover menu will include Turkey Meatloaf sandwich, melted sharp cheddar cheese over rosemary ciabatta bread with caramelized onions… a sandwich inspired by Peaches Restaurant in Brooklyn. Read more