Author: Andy MacDonald

‘B’ stands for ‘Bayou’ and ‘brisket’

Brisket. It’s not the most common menu item at our barbecue restaurants. Good brisket in Mobile is a rare find, which usually leaves us with pork, chicken and occasionally turkey. Even home cooks shy away from brisket, maybe because of the patience it takes to smoke this cut of meat. Low and slow is the usual name of the game for most smoking, but especially brisket. The pectoral muscle of the cow is what we are dealing with here, and that comes with a lot of connective tissue. The trick is to melt this tissue (slowly) without drying the...

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Get Halloween treats going with ghosts on a stick!

It was premature. It was too much. It was absolutely delicious. The boys and I were visiting Khaki last week, and when we left she sneaked a treat into each of their backpacks. It was just a little happy from Laurel, Mississippi’s Sweet Somethings, the latest treat-making facility in my hometown. Easy to replicate, it was nothing more than a ghost-shaped Rice Krispies treat dipped in white chocolate on a stick. We have been feverishly working on perfecting the treat here at the MacDonald Test Kitchen Lab. So far we have made ghost rectangles. The white chocolate is the...

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Apples to apples

There is a little corner of the grocery with my name on it right now. As you’ve guessed from the title of this piece, it’s the produce section, more specifically, the apples. Apple lovers will taste the difference over the next month or two as our northern states send us what they do best. Pink Ladies, Honeycrisp, Granny Smiths, McIntosh, too many to list are reaching their prime and I intend to take full advantage as I wait patiently for the Christmas citrus of Meyer lemons and our beloved Satsuma bounty. There are more apple varieties than you may...

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Cream & Sugar releases Halloween cake balls

You love their gumbo and grits, but the award-winning tiny coffee shop at the corner of George and Savannah has so much more to offer. Cream & Sugar Café is the Oakleigh destination for breakfast, coffee, tea and, of course, cake balls! I’ve gotten an inside peek at what they’re doing for the Halloween season, and it’s spooky delicious. Don’t be frightened by the red velvet cake eyeballs. Cookies and cream mummies are as delicious as the chocolate spiders, but it’s the pumpkin spice pumpkins that will go best with your latte. Call 251-405-0003 to check availability or to...

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Nourish Café helps you prepare for the holiday indulgences to come

It’s a new month we are entering and October is sort of the gateway to my favorite time of year. The advent of cooler temperatures plays host to fairs and festivals, fall root vegetables and candied apples, the heart of football season and the end of having to cut the grass every single week. Before you know it we will be rotting our teeth with Halloween candy, but the whole routine is more of a prelude to my favorite month, November. October is slammed with birthdays and anniversaries in my family, some happy, some sad, but no matter what,...

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Battle House hosts ‘Sips and Smokes’

Let’s face it. Scotch and cigars go together like greens and cornbread. If you’re a fan of the spirit and the rich tobacco flavor that complements it, then get your tickets now for The Battle House’s “Sips and Smokes” event. Saturday, Oct. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., the terrace garden rooftop will come to life as the Tinder Box joins forces with The Battle House Hotel to present five different single malt Scotch whiskies from the Macallan distillery — plus a cigar. The event is limited to 40 people. Tickets cost $42 per person and can be purchased at Royal Street...

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Roots, greens and those kinds of things

Don’t think of this story as something that was written prematurely. I am well aware that greens are not a summer vegetable, but since our last conversation I picked up a huge bunch of turnip greens from Old Shell Market. It seemed a little early, but they were just too pretty to ignore. I made the entire mess of greens, fed on them for three days and am pleased to report they were outstanding. Greens season is here. It’s time to pick ’em and fix ’em. When I say greens I am referring to what we can call The...

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Grimaldi’s introduces new fall menu

The Shoppes at Bel Air just got a little tastier, with Grimaldi’s Pizzeria rolling out its new “Fall Favorites” menu. The New York pizza chain has a strong presence as one of the better dining spots in the mall and the new items should reinforce that. With football season underway, you may want to try the Buffalo chicken pizza. Made with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, this pie sounds good on its own, but when I think of that coal-fired crust I imagine it to be a wonderful marriage of flavor. There’s also a new wedge salad, a caramel apple...

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