Soul Food Royalty visits Los Angeles

The Neelys

Gina and Pat Neely

Gina and Pat Neely aren’t just the owners of three wildly successful barbeque restaurants in Tennessee and a brand new one in New York.

They aren’t just the stars of the very popular and highly rated Food Network show Down Home with the Neely’s. Continue reading

A little spice makes everything nice


Spice in my pantry.

Some of the spices in my pantry.

For me a little spice wasn’t an option.  It was a lifeline.

After a diagnosis of high blood pressure a few years ago, instead of getting mad, I got motivated. I had to cut back on salt, but doggonit I refused cut back on favor. Standing in front of my pantry – a repository of every spice known to womankind – and guided by determination, I began blending a little bit of this and some of everything else and voila! Continue reading