Matt Lee

Sometimes the most hardscrabble land yields up the most delicious food. On a trip through Appalachia, two writers discover folk genius.
Robert Stehling of Charleston's Hominy Grill is dedicated to low-country cuisine, but he's no purist. At a sprawling Thanksgiving, he updates the classics—from pickling shrimp with orange juice to spiking pumpkin pie with bourbon.
Leigh Magar loves the fresh taste of edible flowers. For her, Matt Lee and Ted Lee created a new version of a Tuscan classic, fried squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta. They mix the ricotta with pimientos — an homage to pimiento cheese, a Southern favorite —and serve the blossoms raw.
The Lees created this gazpacho as a riff on a recipe from The Virginia Housewife, a seminal Southern cookbook first published in 1824 that is still in print. They sweeten the cold tomato soup with watermelon and make it fiery with habanero and poblano chiles. More Cold Soups
These "flash-pickled" figs need only an hour of soaking in a mixture of vinegar, salt and water. As a clever time-saver, the soaking liquid for the figs also forms the base for the salad dressing. Slideshow:  More Great Salads 
When they're in South Carolina, the Lees make this recipe with wreckfish, a local, sustainable catch; striped bass works, too. They advise leaving the skin on the fish because it crisps up so nicely. More Sustainable Seafood Recipes