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Jerry Puryear

Jerry Puryear
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Sweet pickles are the Bobby Petrino of the pickle world.  Everyone loves to hate them.  But the lackluster examples at the supermarket belie the sweet pickle’s potential — homemade fermented sweet pickles that would never cheat on their wives, hire their mistresses, or wreck their motorcycles. These are full old …




I’m from eastern Arkansas. And like most eastern Arkansans, I love Pancho’s. Pancho’s is a Mexican restaurant in West Memphis that has been there for nearly 60 years, which is frankly amazing. It’s not authentic, but it is awfully good, especially if you have an emotional attachment to it like …




Cornbread is one of those stereotypically Southern foods, like fried chicken and greens, that are ubiquitous but rarely well done.  Boxed mixes promise an easy product, but none are particularly good.  Shoot, many are sweet.  Sweet cornbread?  That’s not okay. Luckily we’ve got a good recipe.  It’s from Georgia Weaver, …




Some foods really lend themselves to cooking at home.  Barbecue and soul food especially.  And, on the other end of things, are the foods that are hardly ever cooked at home, and sushi may well be at the top of this list.  But- it’s not impossible.  And, in fact, with …




Fried okra.  It’s a southern classic, and I love it so much.  My grandparents were farmers in northern Mississippi, and fried okra was part and parcel of their usual midday meal, which also usually included field peas, cornbread, fresh onion, and peppers.  A country dinner like this is pure comfort …




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