Seasonal Southern Cooking

Sara Foster, author of Foster’s Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection, joins the Clever Cookstr to talk about how Southern cooking is seasonal cooking.

Kara Rota
1-minute read
Episode #78

Sara Foster is the owner of the acclaimed Foster’s Market in Durham, North Carolina, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. She’s the author of The Foster’s Market Cookbook, Fresh Every Day, Sara Foster’s Casual Cooking, and Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen. She’s here today to tell us about the recently released Foster’s Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection.

Sara grew up on traditional Southern fare, and now she defines Southern cuisine by its use of fresh and in-season Southern produce. Ingredients like black eyed peas, purple hull peas, heirloom tomatoes, and okra, and others that are specific to the Southern region are definitive of Sara's Southern cooking. In Autumn, ingredients like sweet potatoes and winter squash play a huge role in Sara's cooking. She updates traditional favorites like chicken pot pie by swapping in wild mushrooms and butternut squash for the peas and carrots.

As when putting a twist on Southern classics, Sara likes to surprise her guests with unexpected ingredients and dishes while entertaining as well. Casseroles or one-pot dishes like Turkey Moussaka are go-to's that can be made ahead of time for a crowd. Sara balances her home-cooked specialties with quality storebought favorites to keep entertaining from getting overwhelming.

Tune in above to listen to the whole episode, or check it out on iTunes. And find more great tips and tricks for seasonal Southern cooking in Foster’s Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection.

About the Author

Kara Rota

Kara Rota headed children’s programming at Chicago’s Green City Market and studied food politics at Sarah Lawrence College. Kara has been a featured speaker at numerous venues including Food Book Fair, the Roger Smith Food Conference, and the Brooklyn Food Conference. She has written about food for Irish America Magazine, West Side Rag, Recipe Relay, and Food + Tech Connect, and is the former Director of Editorial & Partnerships at Cookstr.com.