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 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 Thursdays, Damaris goes out swing dancing. This week, she invites her boyfriend to join her for a light and easy weeknight dinner of Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Fried Kalamata Olives and Parsnip, 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.
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.
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!
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.
Damaris helps her kitchen-challenged Uncle John tackle the traditional Phillips spring lamb feast. Taking the intimidation out of preparing a large roast, Damaris demonstrates an easy cooking method and simply layers fresh flavors to bring out the best qualities of Roasted Lamb and Mint Chimichurri. Feta Roasted New Potatoes and Togarashi Glazed Carrots round out this crowd-pleasing menu that shows a fresh take on traditional Southern fare.
When it's raining during the day of Damaris Phillips' 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' coconut bourbon chocolates.
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.
Damaris takes on her hometown's grand event with her own version of a proper Derby party, even if you're not in Louisville. With her fancy hat on and ready, she kicks off with her version of a classic Kentucky dish: Hot Browns With Pimento Cheese Mornay. She pulls into the lead with a refreshing Mint Julep and it's an easy win with her spectacular Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. Damaris gives you all the tips and tricks you will need to make your Derby party a photo finish!
Inspired by a recent trip through Mexico, Damaris Phillips invites her fiance and brother over to reminisce about the trip while enjoying a hot meal of Roasted Pumpkin Seed-Seared Lima Beans, alongside her showstopping creation, Enchalasagna. After all the hot stuff, a Coconut Tequila Lime Pie is the perfect dessert to cool down.
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.
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 invites her family over for a grilling feast potluck. She starts with a spicy Banana Pepper and Jalapeno Compote that's slathered over a beautiful Grilled Pork Tenderloin. With the grill lit up, she uses it to bring smoky, caramelized goodness to her Grilled Succotash Pasta Salad, and even cherries and oranges are grilled for her out-of-this-world Grilled Old Fashioned Cocktail.
Damaris Phillips shows off her unique take on traditional Southern picnic fare with her Bourbon-Brined Fried Chicken, Braised Red Cabbage and a decadent wine-infused White Mac and Cheese. It's all packed up and taken to the track, where it's time to eat, party and watch the horse races.
For Father's Day, Damaris Phillips invites her mother and grandfather over for a special brunch, where Grampy's predilection for sweets rules the menu: On tap are Cinnamon Roll Biscuits with Sweet Tea Caramel, a beautiful Five-Cup Ambrosia and easy Breakfast Sausage.
Damaris Phillips is throwing a fancy white party to celebrate summer, with elevated party food made from spectacular pale ingredients. The menu starts with a pizza, topped with roasted and shredded chicken breast, slathered with homemade peach jam and topped with brie. For dessert, her Orange Blossom Bundt Cake with White Chocolate Ganache is as easy to make as it is glorious to taste.