Damaris Phillips and her chef friend, Terra, are on a mission to eat the craziest, most decadent foods at the Kentucky State Fair. Then, using their trip as inspiration, they recreate and reimagine the fair treats as bite-sized appetizers: Corn Dog Muffins, Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Poppers, and Meyer Lemon Shake-Up Tarts.
Every Sunday, Damaris lights up the grill and fires off ingredients to last the week: this week, she's grilled off jalapeno peppers and strawberries. She uses the peppers as a base for a Compound Butter to top her Pan-Seared Pork Chops that she dresses alongside her Perfect Cornbread. The grilled Strawberries are the basic element in her mouthwatering Barbecue Sauce Baked Beans. Grill once and have flame-kissed flavor all week long.
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.
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 inherited her grandmother's recipe book and is inspired to update a few of the most memorable recipes to include in her first cookbook. She enlists her friend Becca to help and gets to work reimagining treasured dishes like Porcupine Meatballs in Sauerkraut, Buttery Baked Potato Rolls and Oatmeal Molasses Cookies.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
When Damaris and her friend Kelly take on the rowing machine at the local gym, they keep their endorphins pumping by making a light, flavorful and satisfying meal. Their menu consists of Quinoa and Salmon Croquettes, Spaghetti Squash With Parsley and Pecan Pesto and Strawberries With Honey Rosemary Whipped Cream for dessert. It's everything you crave, made healthy.
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.
With anyone's fall parties in mind, Damaris takes on the ultimate potluck food when she designs a menu for Chris to smooth over the day his team takes on the rival team that his girlfriend supports. Pot Roast Sandwiches, Chow Chow and Beer Cheese and Mac are all huge gestures from the heart.
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.
Fall in Kentucky means an abundance of root vegetables which inspire Damaris to design a menu brimming with bright, comforting flavors. Veggie Pot Pie With Cornmeal Crust, Black-Eyed Pea Fritters and Onion Jam make a perfect alluring veggie menu that will help Will impress his wife.
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.
Damaris is hosting a late night feast, inspired by a lively zombie walk she saw in Louisville. A stunning Red Wine Spaghetti With Meatballs is followed by the perfect sweet treat, her decadent Banana Pudding. There's also Mulled Wine for her costumed party guests to sip on.
Damaris Phillips' sister, Morgan, lives in a neighborhood where they're crazy for Halloween, so she asks for Damaris' help carving up pumpkins, decorating her house, and making sweet treats. Damaris rises to the occasion and creates a stunning Red Velvet Lava Cake, as well as Cornmeal and White Chocolate Biscotti to dip into a hearty Roasted Chicken White Chili.