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Modern Hospitality

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I finally checked-out a copy of Modern Hospitality by Whitney Miller last week, and I'm enjoying it so much!  Some of you may recall that Whitney won Season One of Master Chef.  Whitney wowed the judges with her down home Southern cooking with a modern twist.  And that's what I love about this recipe book:  Southern Classics redefined and classic recipes with a Southern accent.  The photography is beautiful, and most of the recipes are easy-peasy.

Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese

Fresh Fruit and Granola Tarts

Biscuits and Cane Syrup

Southern Affogato

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary-Cranberry Glaze

I've enjoyed cooking from this book so much I've ordered a copy to keep.  If you haven't checked this one out yet, I highly suggest that you do!

Check-out this recipe for Butter Bean Hummus.  I love how Whitney creatively uses a Southern staple like butter beans to make a traditional hummus.

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Butter Bean Hummus

1 T olive oil or other source of fat
2 cans (15 ounces each) large butter beans, rinsed and drained
1 T fresh Meyer lemon juice
1 t tahini (I use Krinos brand)
1 t Tuscan Sunset spice from Penzy's spices
1 small garlic clove, minced
Salt and ground black pepper
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 t paprika

Place butter beans in a large skillet with olive oil and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.  Scrape the butter eans into a food processor and puree for 1 minute.  Add 2 tablespoons water, the lemon juice, tahini, and spices and process until smooth.  Scrape the mixture into a bowl and stir in the garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, transfer the bean mixture to a small serving bowl and smooth with the back of a spoon. Drizzle  the olive oil over the hummus.  Sprinkle with paprika.  Serve with chips or fresh crudités.  I also sprinkled a salt-free seasoning on top, Sunny Spain by Penzy's Spices.

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~Adapted from Modern Hospitality 

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. My Granddaughter loves that show. I think she will grow up to be a great cook. I have never tried hummus, but this recipe sounds good. Thanks for sharing the book with us.

  2. Looks like such a beautiful book. The bacon wrapped pork sounds amazing.

  3. The fresh fruit and granola tarts look really good to me. xo Laura

  4. Looks like a wonderful cookbook! I like the bacon wrapped tenderloin and cauliflower mac and cheese!


  5. I shared the photo of the bacon wrapped tenderloin with my husband. I think he should definitely add that to his repertoire.

  6. RJ,
    Southern cooking is the best and some of these dishes look delicious. I'll definitely pick this up. You're so right, the photographs are so inviting.

  7. Those all look fantastic! I love making hummus with unusual substitutions. I don't think I've ever consumed butter beans, but if I can find them, I will absolutely try that recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I'm going to the library this afternoon. I'll look for a copy of this book.
    Your goodies look delicious.

  9. That looks like a REALLY great book. I love the looks of those little tartlets. Yum! xo Diana

  10. That looks really awesome..the book and the recipes. What a cutie she is too.

  11. Your family is the luckiest bunch in the world.
    WOW your house just must be the place to come snack and eat.
    So cool.

  12. I love hummus. Could eat it every day!! with carrots and triscuits.

  13. Butter Bean Hummus - yum, yum, yum! The cauliflower mac 'n cheese looks tasty too.

  14. This sounds really good. I thought I'd made every kind of hummus there is, but no butter bean!! I will definitely try. Love me some hummus!


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