Virginia Willis

Virginia Willis is the author of five cookbooks, including Lighten Up, Y’all, and the recipient of a 2016 James Beard Foundation Book Award. A popular Southern chef, she's gained fans who love her knack for giving classic French cooking a down-home feel and reimagining Southern recipes en Français. Her upcoming PBS TV series and companion book, Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South, are due out in 2018.

Virginia's Recipes

Smothered and Covered Chicken and Gravy

Classic Southern Macaroni and Cheese

Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Stewed Tomatoes

Classic Pound Cake

Fresh Easter Ham with Herbs

Beer Batter Hushpuppies

New South Chicken and Dumplings

Summer Squash Casserole

Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew

Mother's Day Make-Ahead Sausage and Cheese Grits Casserole

Brined Roast Turkey Breast with Herb Pan Gravy

Oven-Fried Chicken-on-a-Stick with Vidalia-Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Turkey Tetrazzini

Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy

Steakhouse Rib Eyes with Creamed Spinach

Whole Roast Chicken with Lemon and Herbs

Brown Sugar Pork Chops with Georgia Peach BBQ Sauce

Smooth and Creamy Chocolate Pudding

Blueberry Delight

Red Beans and Rice

Pecan Tassies

Braised Collards in Tomato-Onion Gravy

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Bacon-Wilted Greens with Warm Pecan-Crusted Goat Cheese

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