Memphis Stew April 2011

Last summer, I noticed the return of a few bumblebees and honeybees to my yard in East Memphis. So did my friends. This photo is a bumblebee happily buzzing around my vegetable garden.I mention this b... more

Apr 29, 2011 4:43 PM Dining Out

After hearing good things about Ben Vaughan's new El Diablo in Cooper-Young, Tony and I decided to check it out Wednesday evening. Unfortunately, the day's rock and roll storms shut down power in part... more

Apr 28, 2011 2:06 PM Dining Out

For many years, my proclivity for olive oil kept me away from butter. I used a little butter on pancakes and toast, but when it came to cooking, I skewed toward the good fat.But lately, as I look for ... more

Apr 26, 2011 10:37 AM Dining Out

Last Saturday, Tony and I had a late dinner at John Bragg’s new Circa, located in East Memphis in the Regalia Shopping Center. The simple summary? We were impressed.Our neighbor had visited the week b... more

Apr 22, 2011 9:41 AM Dining Out

By the time I got to opening day of the downtown farmers market, I’d missed the eggs, bread, and early heirloom tomatoes. I did manage to nab the last two packs of Italian sausage from Newman Farm and... more

Apr 20, 2011 10:01 AM Dining Out

Although I spend too much money, I always enjoy shopping at the Fresh Market because the groceries are merchandised beautifully (love the end stacks) and the free newsletter on the check out counters ... more

Apr 19, 2011 9:00 AM Dining Out

 It’s a big weekend Saturday and Sunday for spring vegetables, whether you want to buy from local growers or plant your own.The Memphis Farmers Market opens Saturday at 7 a.m. in the Central Station P... more

Apr 15, 2011 2:23 PM Dining Out

Jason Severs is one of my favorite chefs in Memphis, because he is a whiz at combining simple ingredients in new and delicious ways. He's also committed to supporting local growers, and along those li... more

Apr 14, 2011 11:41 AM Dining Out

I hosted our book club Friday, and the next day, I discovered I had been gifted all the leftover shrimp. Lucky me! Since I also had a gorgeous batch of spring lettuce from local growers, I decided to ... more

Apr 11, 2011 9:35 AM Dining Out

People in East Memphis are excited that Gus’s “World Famous” Fried Chicken is coming to the east end of town. In case you’ve been wondering where the restaurant will be located, here it is: south of P... more

Apr 4, 2011 1:34 PM Dining Out

I went to my first cooking class last week at Viking Cooking School in East Memphis, and it reminded me a little of being on a cruise ship: A group of strangers (11 to be exact) tossed into an intimat... more

Mar 30, 2011 6:39 PM Dining Out

My name is Pamela Denney, and I like to describe myself as a reluctant foodie. For most of my adult life, I was just as happy to eat a cheese sandwich as a gourmet meal. Plus, I hated to cook. My husb... more

Mar 30, 2011 5:00 PM Dining Out