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Star Wars Wine

11 essential wines for your Star Wars movie marathon

For those reliving George Lucas’s galactic world for the second, third, or 100th time, here’s to a weekend bender before the big day. For help with pairings, I called Eric Crane, an advanced sommelier who works at Empire Distributors (cue the Imperial March).

Greens and Ham Spoon Bread

In their James Beard award-winning tome, Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart aptly call spoon bread “the South’s answer to a soufflé.”  This recipe is a very slight adaptation of one of their variations on this cornmeal-based dish, which is more of an airy casserole than a bread. Add a salad, and you have a light but satisfying meal, good for a simple supper or brunch.  –Susan Puckett 

Sauteed Carrots and Mustard Greens

A dash of nutmeg bridges the pungent greens with the sweet carrots. If you like the bite of mustard greens, then take care not to overcook them, as the flavor tends to fade if they are cooked too long.

Linton Hopkins’s Southern Greens

Linton Hopkins is a proselytizer of Southern produce. He details differences in heirloom varieties to customers in his restaurants, dotes over the stands at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, and ships the seasonal bounty for fundraiser feasts around the country.

Got the winter blues? Eat some greens

If all the snow and cold has got you down, then all I can say is, it’s a good thing you live in the South. Not just because we have fewer wintry days here but also because we have a good cure for the blues, growing all around us: greens.

Best Basic Greens

Collards, kale, and other greens take kindly to this gentle treatment, which results in tender, colorful, flavorful vegetables. The measurements are imprecise for a reason; this is more a method than an actual recipe.

Brown Butter Creamed Winter Greens

Linton Hopkins does not consider the vegetable plate to be a compromise crafted for calorie parsers. His take on a vegetable plate is a lusty casserole, a buttery jumble of—depending on the season—turnips, new potatoes, beets, and asparagus tips.

Braised Green Mac and Cheese

From "Atlanta Cooks at Home" by Jason Hill, of Wisteria

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