'Mary Mac's Tea Room' on Serious Eats

Cook the Book: Fried Green Tomatoes

After frying up a batch of exemplary fried okra I decided to use the still-hot oil to fry the green tomatoes I had picked up at the farmers' market. Fried Green Tomatoes I've tried before ranged from forgettable to truly transcendent (fried green tomatoes Benedict, anyone?)—but I'd never made them from scratch. With tomato season just beginning, I was anxious to see how my lovely green tomatoes would fry up. More

Collard Greens

The following recipe is from the July 14 edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! If you've ever had really good collard greens you know that the secret to making them... More

Cook the Book: Fried Okra

I've always thought of okra as one of the cuter vegetables, with its fuzzy little ridged pods and almost cap-like stem. But as adorable as okra is, some folks find it off-putting due to its tendency to become slimy when cooked. This recipe for Fried Okra from Mary Mac's Tea Room by John Ferrell is a wonderful way to convert the okra-averse since the quick-fry leaves the okra soft with an amazingly crisp crust. It's even more addictive than a plate of fries. More

Cook the Book: Georgia Peach Cobbler

While I can't call the cobbler I made an authentic Georgia Peach Cobbler since I'm pretty sure my peaches hailed from New Jersey, it was incredible. The peaches are peeled and sliced, and then mixed with sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, a bit of cornstarch, and then dotted with an entire stick of butter. The topping is somewhere in between a pie crust and a biscuit, made in the stand mixer and incredibly easy to roll out. While baking the peach juices mix with the butter and sugar, creating a liquid that seeps up over the crust and is delicious enough to eat by the spoonful. More

Cook the Book: John Ferrell's Cornbread

When I heard that all newcomers to Mary Mac's Tea Room are greeted with a piece of cornbread and a small bowl of pot likker (the liquid left behind after boiling greens) I was anxious to see just what type of cornbread it would be. While most recipes have fairly similar ingredients, the proportions vary as do the textures and flavors. In John Ferrell's Cornbread, he includes buttermilk for moisture and tang, self-rising flour for a wonderfully airy texture, and a quarter cup of bacon drippings. More

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