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Season 01, Episode 01 Sweet Corn & Expensive Tea

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Sep 7, 2013
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Sweet Corn & Expensive Tea Sep 7, 2013 Chef Vivian Howard and her husband Ben leave New York to open a restaurant in her small North Carolina hometown. Vivian revisits the Southern tradition of "putting up" corn and shares her method for making smoked corn relish. As the episode concludes, a devastating setback threatens their new life.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Strawberry Stay at Home

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Sep 14, 2013
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Strawberry Stay at Home Sep 14, 2013 Vivian and Ben rebuild their restaurant against the backdrop of the Southern harbinger of spring, the strawberry. Their twins go on their first strawberry picking excursion and Vivian and a friend develop a recipe for Coconut Cornbread Strawberry Shortcake with Basil Whipped Cream.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Pimp My Grits

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Dec 2, 2013
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Pimp My Grits Dec 2, 2013 The restaurant gears up for a practice service when the new equipment and new menu will be tested in real time -- but nothing is going as planned. One of the big changes to the restaurant's menus is the addition of a section called "Pimp My Grits," where Vivian exalts the lowly, quintessentially Southern ingredient in four distinct ways.

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Season 01, Episode 04 Cracklin' Kitchen

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Dec 2, 2013
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Cracklin' Kitchen Dec 2, 2013 Vivian goes about christening the restaurant's new "whole animal, no waste" program with two little pigs from Warren Brothers' farm. She uses everything - including the skin - and shows us, upon her father's recommendation, how to make her version of sweet potatoes with cracklins.

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Season 01, Episode 05 Tomatoes... You Say Heirloom, I Say Old Timey

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Dec 2, 2013
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Tomatoes... You Say Heirloom, I Say Old Timey Dec 2, 2013 Mary Vaughn shows Chef Vivian the old-timey way to can tomatoes. Vivian prepares for a Southern Foodways Alliance luncheon at the restaurant where food enthusiasts from around the country are coming to study BBQ, and Vivian plans to serve them the "ultimate tomato sandwich."

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Season 01, Episode 06 The World Is Your Oyster

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Dec 2, 2013
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The World Is Your Oyster Dec 2, 2013 Vivian goes to Cedar Island to explore the new culture of farm-raised oysters in the Southeast. She and Ben share plans of opening an oyster bar across the street from Chef & the Farmer in hopes it will be a place that adds character and variety to the tiny town's "dining scene." Vivian and her dad orchestrate their family's first-ever oyster roast and are blown away by how much everyone enjoys it.

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Season 01, Episode 07 Muscadine Time

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Dec 2, 2013
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Muscadine Time Dec 2, 2013 Ben, Vivian and the twins pick muscadine grapes at a small local vineyard while learning the history of this native grape. Vivian visits Mike and Gator, her grape suppliers, and makes homemade wine. Back at the restaurant, Vivian makes a pizza with mulled muscadines, and Ben tests this new creation during their first stressful pizza night in the wine shop.

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Season 01, Episode 08 A Road Trip for Rice

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Dec 2, 2013
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A Road Trip for Rice Dec 2, 2013 Vivian travels to Columbia, South Carolina, to meet with Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills and learns about Carolina Heirloom Rice growing in fields on the Savannah River. Glenn explains Anson Mills' efforts to save heirloom grains and discusses the importance of ingredient biodiversity. Glenn's passion inspires Vivian to host a "rice dinner" at Chef & the Farmer, where each course centers around this grain. Scarlett, Vivian's mom, schools her daughter on how to make the Chicken and Rice she grew up eating.

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Season 01, Episode 09 A Peanut Pastime

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Dec 12, 2013
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A Peanut Pastime Dec 12, 2013 Vivian visits neighbor Marty Harper's peanut farm just before and during harvest. Vivian's dad introduces Ben and Vivian to the old school break snack, a pack of salted peanuts dumped into a Pepsi in a glass bottle. At the restaurant, Vivian translates the snack into Pepsi glazed pork belly with country ham braised peanuts. Vivian reinvents the popular Southern snack, boiled peanuts, for the local farmer's market.

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Season 01, Episode 09 A Peanut Pastime

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Nov 7, 2013
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A Peanut Pastime Nov 7, 2013 Vivian visits neighbor Marty Harper's peanut farm just before and during harvest. Vivian's dad introduces Ben and Vivian to the old school break snack, a pack of salted peanuts dumped into a Pepsi in a glass bottle. At the restaurant, Vivian translates the snack into Pepsi glazed pork belly with country ham braised peanuts. Vivian reinvents the popular Southern snack, boiled peanuts, for the local farmers' market.

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Season 01, Episode 10 Love Me Some Candied Yams

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Dec 12, 2013
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Love Me Some Candied Yams Dec 12, 2013 Vivian introduces us to Rob and Amy Hill, proprietors of one of the largest sweet potato farms in the country and two of the restaurant's best customers. Vivian and her mom, Scarlett, make her grandmother's candied yams and Vivian later re-imagines these for the restaurant with texture, sorghum and pecans. Mother Earth Brewery and Chef & the Farmer team up for a beer dinner featuring first-of-the-season sweet potatoes.

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Season 01, Episode 11 Collard Greed Queen

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Dec 12, 2013
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Collard Greed Queen Dec 12, 2013 Vivian spends the morning with her neighbors, the Mills brothers, participating in their 100-year-old, all-male family tradition of making collard kraut. Vivian visits Warren at Brother's farm to talk about the Eastern Carolina ingredient with a cult following, the Cabbage Collard. Vivian prepares for an event called Terra Vita, where she will serve three courses to 100 people and make collards the star they deserve to be.

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Season 01, Episode 12 The Buttermilk Bet

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Dec 12, 2013
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The Buttermilk Bet Dec 12, 2013 Vivian and Ben go to Maple View Dairy to pick up product for the restaurant. They talk buttermilk with the dairy's manager and the noise Ben makes while savoring his cup of the thick liquid annoys his wife. The couple attempt to shoot the twin's Christmas card picture in the family's in-ground pool turned turnip patch while Vivian's nieces and nephews desperately try to make buttermilk with their great-grandmother's butter churn.

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Season 01, Episode 13 Have Yourself Some Moonshine

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Dec 12, 2013
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Have Yourself Some Moonshine Dec 12, 2013 Vivian visits Broad Slab Distillery where they talk about the art and soul of white lightning. The restaurant's mixologist works moonshine into several new drinks while the restaurant staff struggle through the holiday party season. They end the season with a party of their own at Ben and Vivian's new house with AppleJack Moonshine Cocktails making a guest appearance.

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