Category Archives: Cooking

I’m making a list, and I want your help

If you are tired of those “Best Of…” type popularity contests in the local media, help me with my list of Memphis’ best eating establishments  that visitors and tourists never hear about.  I am making the list for newcomers and visitors, like the out-of-town folks I meet almost daily in my business.

Criteria:  It must be in Memphis or very close by.  If it’s a chain it must be a local chain (i.e. Top’s Bar-B-Q).  It must have some unique, memorable, and un-duplicatable menu item(s).

We will start with these categories:

  • Barbecue (Bar-B-Q)  Joints
  • Ethnic Restaurants
  • Delis
  • Diners
  • Home Cookin’  (Soul food, veggies, local Southern fare)

I will be adding my favorites and updating this post.  Please add your suggestions in the comments. Include address and phone number, and a very short statement as to why you recommend the establishment.  My goal is to represent REAL Memphis food.


3-2-1 Mug Cake – Instant relief for cupcake cravings [cooking with Joe]

If you love cupcakes, try the 3-2-1 mugcake

mug cakeIf you are like me and try to avoid junk food, but occasionally have that irresistible craving for something sweet, here’s the best use of a mug I have found since I started drinking coffee.  Would you like a cupcake on a minute’s notice?  Try this incredibly simple 3-2-1 Mug Cake Recipe.

3-2-1 Mug Cake Recipe

cake mix boxesYou will need 2 boxes of cake mix.  One can be any flavor you like (I like chocolate fudge), but the other MUST be Angel Food cake mix. Mix the 2 cake mixes. Hint:  a gallon size zip lock bag is perfect for making and storing the mixture. When you get the craving for a little something sweet, mix 3 Tablespoons of the, 2 Tablespoons of water in a mug.   Microwave at full power for 1 minute, for a small cake you can eat out of the mug,or pour out for an un-iced cupcake.  For variety, I add a few chocolate chips to give the illusion of chocolate icing, chopped nuts, or crumbled bacon to the mix before microwaving.


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