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.
To celebrate the birthday of Damaris's fiance, Darrick, Damaris hosts a dinner for Darrick, his sister and her husband. Elevating the flavors of spinach and artichoke dip, Damaris makes a to-die-for Spinach and Artichoke Pasta, then lightens up the meal with her Hail Kale Caesar Salad. And it's not a birthday party without cake: Damaris's Chocolate and Espresso Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Icing is a sophisticated, decadent sweet. The whole meal is perfect when you're looking to impress your future in-laws -- or anybody else!
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.
On the rare night when Damaris Phillips finds herself home alone with no plans, she loves to indulge with her favorite foods. She spends a bit of "me time" making Roasted Vegetable and Truffle Mac and Cheese, Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf, a Plum and Sage Mojito!
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 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.
Damaris Phillips and her girlfriends have a semi-annual dinner party dressed up as a clothing swap. To accompany the fashion show, Damaris and her chef friend Terra bring the heat with their menu: Spicy Hot Chicken Fried Steak Sandwiches, Smoked Macaroni Salad, and for dessert, Blackberry Almond Cobbler.
Damaris Phillips spent many days as a kid enjoying the fresh bounties of Huber's Farm, and now she's returning with friends for a farm adventure. She packs a picnic lunch for the day, making Zucchini Noodle Salad and Blackened Chicken Sandwiches with Almond Butter and Red Pepper Jam. After lunch, they harvest ripe fruit to make Pickled Peaches.
Inspired by a margarita at one of her favorite bars, Damaris invites the mixologist back to the kitchen with Mexican Food on the brain. On the menu: easy-to-make spicy, homemade "Fauxrizo" Taco Filling, Coconut Lime Black Beans and to finish the plate off, a simple, aromatic Jicama and Cilantro Creme Slaw. Damaris's fiery menu is cooled down with a Blackberry and Sage "Heart of Darkness" Margarita.
Damaris visits her favorite neighborhood Italian grocery store, Lotsa Pasta, where she finds beautiful fresh ricotta and local goat cheese, and transforms it into a decadent but easy-to-make Goat Cheese Gnocchi With Bacon, Dates and a Kentucky Brown Butter Wine Sauce. For dessert, Damaris puts her twist on an Italian favorite with a silky Buttermilk Panna Cotta. It's a celebration of Italy with a Kentucky accent.
Damaris Phillips hosts lunch for two aunts who she's asked to make her a wedding quilt. On the menu are a Pecan-Crusted Stuffed Chicken and her take on Southern risotto, a savory, toothsome bed of rice topped with caramelized asparagus.
Damaris Phillips' friend Chris has a passion for historical reenactments and asks her to join him for an old world archery contest. Always intrigued by these events, Damaris happily dons the appropriate attire and cooks up a meal inspired by the times: Marinated Beet and Stilton Salad, Sausage and Savory Herb Quiche, and Butter Pecan Crumpets.
Damaris's niece and friends are visiting, so she whips up foods that kids love with sneaky tricks to get them to eat their veggies. They make Semolina and Sundried Tomato Waffles with homemade Pizza Sauce and Chocolate Chip Cherry Cast-Iron Cookies. With simple, sure-fire recipes, Damaris shows how to make special meals for the little loved ones in your family.
Damaris Phillips invites her mother, sister and niece over for an at-home Southern spa day. Before the pampering begins, they have an indulgent meal of Southern favorites, starting with BBQ Glazed Shrimp, and Baked Grits and Collards. For dessert, her Rhubarb Strawberry Shortcake is the perfect way to melt the stress away.