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Favorite Buttermilk Skillet-Fried Chicken from 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking

Before last week, I had never made real fried chicken. Between the perceived mess and my worry of serving burnt-but-still-raw chicken, I knew I'd need a commanding voice to guide me through my fears and persuade me to give it a shot. The buttermilk skillet-fried chicken recipe in Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart's Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking offered just the direction I was looking for. More

Favorite Buttermilk Skillet-Fried Chicken from 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking

Before last week, I had never made real fried chicken. Between the perceived mess and my worry of serving burnt-but-still-raw chicken, I knew I'd need a commanding voice to guide me through my fears and persuade me to give it a shot. The buttermilk skillet-fried chicken recipe in Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart's Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking offered just the direction I was looking for. More

Social Circle Macaroni Pie from 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking'

The name "macaroni pie" is confusing on multiple fronts. This recipe, from Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart's Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, is neither a pie nor made from macaroni. It also obscures the fact that the dish in question is actually just custard-style macaroni and cheese. But this old-school title is also a reminder of the history of the dish. More

Social Circle Macaroni Pie from 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking'

The name "macaroni pie" is confusing on multiple fronts. This recipe, from Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart's Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking is neither a pie nor made from macaroni. It also obscures the fact that the dish in question is actually just custard-style macaroni and cheese. But this old-school title is also a reminder of the history of the dish. More

New Orleans-Style Barbecue Shrimp from 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking'

First things first, let's get this straight: barbecue shrimp is not barbecue in the low-heat, wood-smoked, or whole-hog sense of the term. Barbecue shrimp requires only quick stove-top cooking with no grill in sight. But what it does have in common with barbecue is the spicy, saucy mess than ensues when sitting down to a big bowl of the stuff. More

Roasted Okra Chips from 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking'

Okra is a divisive vegetable. I've personally never had a problem with the slime factor, but I know of many adventurous eaters who won't go near the green, finger-shaped veggie. Most Southern preparations either embrace the slime, using its thickening powers in gumbo and stews, or they do their best to mask it, coating slivers with cornmeal for a gloriously crisp fried crust. These roasted okra chips from Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart's Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking take an easier path: roasting. The hot oven crisps and caramelizes thin slices of okra, transforming the contentious vegetable into an addictive appetizer. More

Squash Casserole from 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking'

Squash casserole is an enduring favorite at Southern potlucks. I know that I ate plenty of the stuff growing up, but it was mostly because the flavor of the squash was covered up by ungodly amounts of cheese and butter. These days, I prefer actually tasting my vegetables. Luckily, Nathalie Dupree's version in Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking contains enough squash, onion, and peppers to taste more of summer produce than bulk cheese. More

Squash Casserole from 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking'

Squash casserole is an enduring favorite at Southern potlucks. I know that I ate plenty of the stuff growing up, but it was mostly because the flavor of the squash was covered up by ungodly amounts of cheese and butter. These days, I prefer actually tasting my vegetables. Luckily, Nathalie Dupree's version in Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking contains enough squash, onion, and peppers to taste more of summer produce than bulk cheese. More

Cook the Book: 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking'

Summer is officially upon us. And when you come from a family of Southerners, summer means prime reunion time. Whether they're formal, organized family reunions or casual barbecues with all of the cousins, these boisterous gatherings multiply as soon as the temperature rises above 70 degrees. What better time than now to explore classic Southern cooking? Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart's massive James Beard award-winning cookbook, Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, is a perfect place to start. More

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