We Southerners tend to think our food is so delicious because of our traditional cooking techniques. That makes it hard to update our kitchen style for health-related diets, though our modern way of life generally isn’t active enough to burn all the calories our forebears used to need. The good news is this: It’s the fresh, local ingredients that make food delicious. Watch our video above to learn how a technique like sauteeing can maximize the flavors in your seasonal ingredients while minimizing unnecessary calories. To find farmers markets with winter hours and CSAs with winter shares, visit


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Tammy Algood

Originally from Starkville, Miss., Tammy Algood has a Bachelor’s of Science from Mississippi State University and a Master’s from Middle Tennessee State University. She writes about food for The Tennessean and monthly for The Tennessee Magazine. Broadcast appearances include Nashville’s local ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates as well as statewide on PBS. Tammy can also be seen nationally on the HGTV and DIY networks.

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