Kathy Myers ranks among the most powerful pinners in the world, according to Buzzfeed. Her board "Join me for dinner, won't you?" has nearly 5 million followers. Aside from her passion for pinning, Kathy serves as a tastemaker for multiple social media networks. After becoming an empty-nester a few years ago, she went back to school and earned a degree in history, with an emphasis in research. The West Virginia native now resides in Tennessee.
Have you ever known someone who, no matter what new restaurant they try or what movie they go to, always says, “It’s the BEST.” I have a friend like that. Every movie is the best, every new bistro on the corner is the best. Our family now has a joke: If anyone raves about something, we laughingly ask, “Is it the best?” Well trust me when I say, these are the BEST muffins I have ever put into my mouth. With a light, airy texture and flavor [... more]
Every time I make this fabulous Roasted Asparagus dish, the aroma wafts through my house as if I have air fresheners in every room. I discovered my love for rosemary (and its heavenly scent) many years ago while visiting California, where it grows wild. We stayed at The Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen on one of our wine expeditions. Every breakfast included fresh rosemary, and the powerful flavor of this herb just won me over. Now we grow several bushes beside our herb garden, and each time [... more]
Have you ever noticed how certain foods trend in cycles just as certain styles and colors in fashion do? Enter Mustard Marinated Grilled Brussel Sprouts. Yes, those little round green vegetables your mother tried to force-feed you as a child are now trending. They are hip! After a quick blanching, toss these leafy gems in a yummy marinade of olive oil, salt and pepper, and whole-grain mustard; then skewer and grill. Force-feeding no longer necessary.
Come with me to the Virgin Islands. Many, many years ago, we visited the islands and found our little piece of paradise. This cocktail, named the Painkiller, takes me back to that glorious place where we enjoyed quite a few of this appropriately named drink. We later found out that it originated there. With only a minimal amount of ingredients, it provides a lot of BANG for your buck (buzz too). A bit of rum, some pineapple juice and orange juice, a splash of coconut cream, and [... more]
Shh…don’t tell your guests that the focaccia in this Easy Peasy Cheesy Pizza Dip starts with refrigerated pizza dough. Let them think that you spent hours in the kitchen. They’ll also be impressed with the divine white dip. Listen to these ingredients: ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, sour cream, herb soup mix. The delightful part for the hostess? No utensils are needed for these nibbly appetizers! It’s all about presentation and these little darlings deliver every time. I love it when my guests don’t have to worry about [... more]
If you read my bio on the Society South contributors’ page, you know I love history. So let’s go down the history path of one of my favorite drinks, the mimosa. Allegedly created in 1925 by Frank Meier at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, the mimosa was actually named after an Australian acacia tree with delicate fernlike leaves and yellow ﬂowers. Given the status of the mimosa’s birthplace, quality champagne and fresh juice are musts. But what brings this Sunrise Mimosa recipe to a superior level is [... more]
When you pop the cork and tilt that bottle of pinot noir, spilling its contents into the glass, you inhale the delicious aroma of black cherry, raspberries, and currants. You want the flavors of the wine to be just as delightful, so selecting the right food to serve it with is very important. Creamy mozzarella—with its smooth texture and mild taste—pairs well with this romantic wine. The semi-soft, buttery cheese comes alive when marinated in herbs and spices as it is in this recipe for Marinated Mozzarella. [... more]
I’m always amazed at how certain smells invoke memories of specific events, special meals, or even favorite places I’ve visited. When I was a child, my mom would bake fresh bread every Saturday—enough to make it through the following week. The aroma of that bread baking in our oven has stayed with me over the years, and the first time I made this luscious Garlic Loaf, childhood memories came rushing back. Cilantro and garlic blend into the parmesan cheese to make a perky, savory taste, and as [... more]
Key limes go with summer like Jimmy Buffet and Key West. So if you’re craving warmer days and beach vacations, whip up these Rustic Key Lime Tarts. Drenched in key lime juice, these little mini-pies offer just enough sweetness to remind us that summer is around the bend. Well…maybe around a few bends. As you pop one of these little darlings into our mouth, you can almost feel the cool surf rushing up over your toes, and you’ll soon be humming “Margaritaville.” Photo Source: Idle Wife
The Savannah River will once again run green on March 17th. Each year, Savannah, Georgia, goes all out for St. Patrick’s Day, hosting the second-largest Patty’s Day parade in the country. After a day of fun, laughter, and paying tribute to the Irish, continue the green theme with Trisha Yearwood’s Key Lime Cake. A hearty day of partying always brings on the hunger. Green river, green cake. Perfect. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Ricotta, mozzarella, Asiago, and Parmesan. OMG. A heavenly blend of cheeses adorn this Four Cheese Caprese Pizza. But a Caprese dish wouldn’t be complete without fresh tomatoes bursting with ﬂavor and glorious basil. Hold on—I’m not done yet. A balsamic reduction drizzled over the top of this cheesy pie brings a tangy sweetness to your awaiting taste buds. Now…what is missing? A full-bodied cabernet and a Mediterranean sunset. Photo Source: Cooking Classy
What do you crave on a brisk, wintery night? How about something warm and steamy that simply screams comfort food! This recipe for French Beef Stew with Red Wine is just the fix for your cold winter itch. Tender and juicy beef stew with red wine atop homemade, creamy garlic potatoes warms your body (and your soul) when the temps drop outside. As a lover of wine, olives, and delectable beef, I revel in the fact that there are still a few weeks of winter left to [... more]
Once upon a time, Sunday dinners meant roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, and a vegetable. Before we left for church, we’d set the table and pre-set the oven to cook the roast the necessary time. As we arrived home, we were met by the most delightful aromas, killing any will power we might have summoned. You get that same result with Crock Pot Pulled Chicken: tender, juicy meat that smells heavenly and tastes divine. Pile the tasty chicken on a freshly baked bun and slather on [... more]
Do you remember what you had for dinner on Monday? How about last night? At this particular stage of my life, I am doing well to remember my name! Enter rosemary, my all-time favorite herb. Not only do I love the flavor and aroma of the sassy little shrub, but also I love that, according to research, it improves memory. Hallelujah and amen! Plus, it’s high in iron and calcium. If you’re intrigued by these fun little facts and want to take advantage of the herb’s health [... more]
If you’ve ever passed a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop and seen the “Hot Now” light on, more than likely you’ve slammed on your brakes and backed your truck into the parking lot or steered that four-door sedan right up to the drive-thru to get a dozen of these melt-in-your mouth delicacies. Well take that thought and add a French toast element to it. This sinful recipe for Doughnut French Toast will have you eating and eating until you forget all about that summer bikini. Photo Source: Nigella