Taste of Tuscaloosa: More Foodie Fun (“Broadway Meets Bobby Flay”) Featured

05 Jun 2019 Sheena Gregg
Amanda Lightsey’s favorite food memories include cooking with her husband, TC, and their daughters, Ella Grace and Reagan.  Amanda Lightsey’s favorite food memories include cooking with her husband, TC, and their daughters, Ella Grace and Reagan. Amanda Lightsey

It’s easy to find T-Town foodies. They’re everywhere! This month was no exception. I had the pleasure of chatting with the lovely Amanda Lightsey, who currently serves as Executive Director of Tuscaloosa’s One Place, an organization known well for serving children and families in the Tuscaloosa community. She was quick to answer all my pressing food-related questions! 

How would you describe your food personality? 

Southern as Sweet Tea! I love trying new dishes and foods, but at the end of the day, I tend to lean on southern recipes for the win. 

What is your favorite home cooked item? Any special story behind it? 

When I was growing up, my grandfather and I made chicken and dumplings together. It is my favorite dish to cook because of the memories I have with him.   

Do you like to cook? If not, who is your favorite cook in your life? 

I actually love to cook. And so does my husband – which makes cooking fun in our house. At times it becomes a production! It’s like Broadway meets Bobby Flay. We will turn on music that we think matches the dish and make appetizers to eat while we are cooking the actual meal.   

We are always up for trying new dishes, so the food choices never become dull in our house. Besides my husband, my mom is my favorite cook. She has every recipe in her head, so at times, it makes it difficult to replicate how she does things. She has a signature dish she makes for every special occasion and those dishes really stand out for me. Her signature dishes include banana pudding, pot roast, meatloaf, any vegetable you can think of, and her strawberry cake (the best). Nobody does it like her. 

What is your favorite dish/dessert in Tuscaloosa? 

My favorite dessert in Tuscaloosa is either the Cheese Pie at Cypress Inn or the Almond Ball at University Club. My favorite dish is anything from Avenue Pub. Can we please talk about the Chicken Club?! 

Sheena Gregg is a registered dietitian and local “Filipino Foodie.” Follow her adventures at afilipinofoodie.com. 

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