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The SavvyCast

May 8, 2020

Sophie Hudson and Jamie share tips and techniques for down home cooking along with quarantine favorite meals that they prepared for their families.



With the "stay at home" that left most of us in a type of quarantine for days or weeks, many of us have cooked more than ever. In fact, "home cooking" has made a resurgence. It seems that the recipes, foods, and cravings that most of us have had is for basic food. our mamas and grandmamas used to make:-)

My stay-at-home time has involved cooking~lots of it. I have cooked more than I ever have. In the process, I've shared my love of cooking with several friends. We use the "Voxer" app to ask cooking questions, share recipes and tips, and give "grocery store updates" for which stores have certain products (as things sell out quickly).

Sophie Hudson is one of the friends with whom I vox about food. I asked her to join my podcast last week just to "talk food" and share tips, recipes, and ideas for easy meals. The podcast is above, or you can listen on iTunes, Spotify or your platform of choice. For those who just want the nuts and bolts, I share them below.

Salt, salt and more salt. 

Probably THE most important thing we discussed was the role that salt plays in cooking. This can't be overstated. The book that I am loving right now~Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat~ goes into great detail about salt if you want to dig deeper. But below are a few of the tips that Sophie and I share from our personal experience.

  • The salt to use is kosher salt. Sophie uses Morton. I use Diamond Crystal
  • Iodized salt (aka table salt) is not the salt to use. It will make food taste metallic.
  • Salt food in stages. Salt meat before, during and after cooking. Don't cook something then salt it~that won't work.
  • When unloading groceries, unwrap meat and salt it before refrigerating or freezing it. I got this tip from Samin Nosrat who wrote Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. This will make the meat more tender and flavorful.
  • Salt and sit. Salt meat + let meat sit for 30 minutes at room temp before cooking.

How to Make Buttermilk Brine Chicken

the video below, I show how to salt the chicken for this fabulous buttermilk brine chicken that everyone is going crazy over right now.  Sophie and I both love this chicken, and it is the technique from Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.


Browning ground beef: tips from Sophie

  • At least 2 hours before browning, salt the beef well; let sit in fridge.
  • Let beef sit at room temp for 30 minutes before putting in the skillet. 
  • Heat skillet before adding the salted ground beef; it will form almost a crust.
  • Sauté onions (if using) in butter or oil BEFORE adding to ground beef. Don't brown raw onion in raw beef.

Quarantine cooking favorites

Sophie and Jamie, both Southern cooks, share what they made the most during "Stay at Home." They also share some of their favorite easy recipes that anyone can make.

Some of the favorite recipes mentioned:

  • how to make beans and peas from dried (soaking with salt and baking soda)
  • how we makecollards and turnips (Sophie stovetop; me Instant Pot)
  • Sophie's ground beef stroganoff
  • chocolate cobbler
  • this skillet blackberry cobbler

Resources related to this podcast.

Sophie's blog:

Sophie's instagram: @boomama205

Jan's Chocolate Cobbler is here

Recipes for Mexican Cornbread, Chocolate Pudding and more are on Sophie's instagram in the highlight that says "cooking."

I hope this podcast and these resources are helpful!! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!