Jell-O or gelatin salads were often called congealed salads at Southern tables and were fixtures at big Sunday suppers. Atlanta chef Linton Hopkins, an eighth-generation Georgian, recalls their importance during his own childhood. "Congealed salads were a big part of our family buffets," says Hopkins, owner and chef at Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Gastropub. "Grated carrot was a classic as was the ubiquitous tomato aspic." Hopkins created a modern version of his childhood salad using Coca-Cola as a sweetener along with fresh mayonnaise, pickled horseradish and Vidalia onions.
Chef G. Garvin's Recipe for Coca-Cola BBQ Wings
What could possibly make BBQ wings taste even better? Why, Coke of course! Dig into this tasty recipe courtesy of Chef G. Garvin.
Tomato and Cucumber Salad
A salad the whole family can make. Parents can slice the tomatoes and cucumbers, and let kids clip the scallion greens into bits with clean kitchen shears. Then let the kids combine the rest of the ingredients.
Pulled Chicken Sliders with Barq's Root Beer Barbecue Sauce
There was a time last century when sailors in the US Navy used the term “sliders” for hamburgers so greasy that the patties slid across the grill as ships swayed in the rolling surf. The old White Castle hamburger chain picked up the term and used it for burgers so small that customers could slide each one down the hatch in a single bite. Nowadays the term refers to any small sandwich you can eat in a bite or two. Here is a tasty example from my book Weber’s New Real Grilling. The recipe features grilled chicken thighs that are shredded and then coated with a root beer barbecue sauce. The term “root beer” has its own American story that involves a chemist in Biloxi, Mississippi experimenting with some roots, berries and herbs in 1898 to make a bubbly beverage. Somehow it seems fitting that these two culinary terms with curious origins (sliders and root beer) should meet on a plate… but not home plate, which is the territory of a totally different kind of slider.
Big Game Recipe: Ginger Coca-ColaChicken Wings
This simple, savory recipe -- courtesy of reader Una Yu of New York, N.Y. -- provides a tasty addition to your Big Game spread.