On Thursdays, Damaris goes out swing dancing. This week, she invites her boyfriend to join her for a light and easy weeknight dinner of Fried Olive and Lentil Salad, Acorn Squash Stuffed With Sausage, Barley and Goat Cheese and "Dance the Night Away" Energy bars to enliven their spirits before the dance and keep them light on their feet.
Friday night means football in Kentucky, and Chef Damaris loves to tailgate. She whips up some perfect comfort food for the game: Pulled Pork Nachos with Avocado Sour Cream, plus even dessert has a tailgate twist, with her divinely chewy Barbecue Brownies.
Damaris Phillips is hosting the big game at her house, and she has a few tricks up her sleeve to make the game extra fun. She serves Fresh Baked Ham sliced thin, served on a sweet roll and topped with Fried Pickles with Cajun Aioli. On the side, it's Homemade Potato Tots, the perfect finger food!
Damaris Phillips and her fiance take her niece and little friends out for a trip to a life-sized puppet theater. Damaris brings a kid-satisfying lunch for intermission: Crispy Fried Meatloaf Sandwiches topped with a sweet and tangy Green Tomato Jam, plus Carrot Raisin Salad Rolls, and Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies.
Damaris Phillips surprises her overworked husband, Darrick, with a romantic staycation, as they go "glamping," or glamour camping, on their lawn! She decorates the yard like the foothills of the Kentucky forest, and makes delicious Southern Sloppy Joes and crunch Butternut Squash Slaw over the campfire. Then, there's yummy S'more Bites as they take in the beautiful starry night.
Damaris and one of her best friends, pastry chef Terra Nelson, rent a movie from their favorite video store and decide to whip up the perfect snacks to munch as they watch. On the menu: Hickory and Gorgonzola Popcorn, easy handmade Wild Mushroom and Cheddar Pork Sausages and no one can resist their Homemade Candy Bars With Chunks of Cookies and Caramel.
Damaris brings the flavors of New Orleans home. When her brother sends a care package of tasso ham from New Orleans, Damaris creates an inspired menu to satisfy her Louisiana cravings. With simple techniques, she whips up a flavorful Maque Choux With Tasso Ham. Her foolproof olive tapenade transforms an ordinary cold cut sandwich into a signature Muffaletta and for a sweet finish, a decadent Bananas Foster Bread.
Damaris Phillips and her husband, Darrick, have a standing game night where they bust out their favorite board games invite friends over for family-style food and fun. The menu features Kentucky Red Beans and Rice Topped with Crispy Country Ham, Mango Chutney Green Beans, and Coconut Creme Brulee.
Damaris reveals one of her secrets to delicious cooking: interesting and unexpected spices. To show why spices matter, she takes on a typically boring dish — salad — and transforms it into a whole meal with bold flavors and interesting textures in a Kale, Roasted Celery Root, Deviled Eggs and Spiced Almond Salad With Garlic Confit Vinaigrette. And for an exotic complement, her savory Za'atar Biscuit takes Southern biscuit-making to a new level.
Damaris introduces one of her favorite Southern sweetening ingredients, sorghum, to set off this sweets-filled episode featuring Greg, a young father-to-be. Her star dish, Chili Over Chai Grits, is deeply flavored and layered with seasoned vegetables. They also make Sorghum Candy Apples and Burnt Orange Marshmallow Cupcakes.
When it's raining during the day of Damaris Phillips's egg hunt, she brings the festivities inside. No matter the weather, her impressive meal of Country Ham and Scalloped Potatoes with an iceberg wedge salad is sure to please the crowd. And while the kids are munching on their chocolate bunnies, the adults can enjoy Damaris's coconut bourbon chocolates.
Damaris Phillips figures that bringing homemade food to her hard-working mom friends is the best way to get to see their adorable kids. She brings frozen goodies that the moms can heat up and enjoy whenever they want. On the menu: Loaded Skilled Corn Bread, Creole Pinto Beans and Damaris's elegant Lavender Coconut Macaroons.
It's a lovely afternoon for tea with the girls and Damaris creates a menu of feminine and elegant dishes with tons of flavor. Instead of the traditional cucumber sandwiches, she changes it up with delicious Borage Benedictine and Bacon Sandwiches. Then, she takes Southern potato salad to the next level with her Beet and Potato Salad With Blue Cheese Dressing and Dill. To finish off a perfect tea party, Damaris serves Saffron Flower Madeleines.
In order to help her bridesmaids pick their dresses, Damaris Phillips has arranged for a stylist friend to pick up a trunk load of dresses for the girls to decide between. For this trunk show, Damaris prepares fork-free party snacks including Fresh Watermelon and Feta Skewers, Baked Fingerling Potatoes with Sour Cream Butter, and Champagne Berry Chiffon.
Nothing can spoil the mood like a stressed cook, so when her friend Keith needs help planning a romantic dinner for two, Damaris shows him how to put together a low-stress, huge reward meal. She starts with a Pan-Grilled Shrimp With Sumac Sauce. Her foolproof Fresh Turmeric Rice and crispy Sauteed Zucchini will make you look like a pro.
Damaris and her beau, Darrick, have been getting bridge lessons from Damaris's 99-year-old Grampy. Over an intimate card game, they'll enjoy Creamy Tomato Soup and Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwiches and Grampy's favorite dessert -- Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.
Damaris Phillips prepares a Kentucky-inspired meal to share with her friend, Nikki, before the two take in all of Damaris's favorite downtown attractions. On the menu are Kentucky BLTs topped with a Bourbon Tomato Aioli, served up alongside a bright, flavorful Stewed Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Salad. For dessert, a Grilled Peach and Bourbon Crisp.