Polenta with White Bean & Kale Ragout

Polenta with White Bean & Kale Ragout

This recipe has a lot going for it. The creamy polenta makes up the base of the dish, which is  simply the Italian version of Southern grits, made from course ground cornmeal. The ragout is a flavorful mix of white beans, shiitake mushrooms, kale, tomatoes, herbs & parmesan cheese.

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Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Salad with Chickpeas

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Salad with Chickpeas

I was recently tasked with developing a recipe that highlights sweet banana peppers for my next cooking demo at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Sweet banana peppers are currently growing like crazy at the Atlanta Botanical Garden's edible garden. Don't let the name banana pepper scare you into thinking these are super hot.

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Smoky Okra with Rustic Tomato Coulis

Smoky Okra with Rustic Tomato Coulis

Okra and tomatoes are a "match made in heaven". The flavor of each ingredient compliments the other and even enhances it. I kept that in mind when developing this recipe for my cooking demonstration last weekend at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I wanted to showcase an updated version of a classic Southern okra and tomato dish.

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