Because of their excellent storage properties, sweet potatoes often appear at farmers markets throughout the winter. This warming first dish utilizes some of the sweet potatoes in your "root cellar" (i.e., refrigerator storage bin).
Kevin Ouzts grew up in Marietta with a ten-foot-square brick pit smoker in his backyard, where his Georgia-bred father, Doug, slathered many a rib rack with a family barbecue sauce that included molasses.
A simple melon salad takes a refreshingly exotic turn when tossed in a salty, citrusy dressing infused with chilies and mint. I adapted this recipe from Andrea Reusing's "Cooking In the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes."