AN INCREDIBLE LAYER CAKE
Even before it's cut, Sugaree's strawberry cake impresses with a stately three layers; a bite, though, and I'm in sweet, rapturous, pink frosting heaven.
Sugaree's strawberry cake, $55 at sugarees.com
ONE TOUGH MUG
Knocking around on a weekend morning, I like a coffee mug that can take some abuse; Best Made's enamel steel cup fits the bill.
Best Made Seamless & Steadfast Enamel Steel Cups, $32 for set of 2 at bestmadeco.com
The dachshund on this cocktail napkin reminds me of my dog Andy, the best dog in the world—but with four different prints, beagle, cockapoo, and chihuahua lovers can drink in style too.
Companion Cocktail Napkin, $8 at anthropologie.com
PERFECT STEAKS EVERY TIME
I'm not an especially confident griller, so I rely on this slide-in thermometer's flashing LED to tell me when a steak is cooked to the desired doneness.
SteakChamp Thermometer, $50 at surlatable.com
With a year's worth of recipes in one volume, Southern Living's hardcover annuals are handy (and beautiful to look at) resources for revisiting the incredible food I grew up on.
Southern Living Annual Recipes, price varies by year at amazon.com
INNOVATIVE ICE CREAM
I like that Three Twins ice cream company uses organic ingredients, but I love that they've created my new favorite flavor, Lemon Cookie.
Three Twins Lemon Cookie Ice Cream, $5 a pint at select Whole Foods and Fresh Markets
GREG ROBERTSON, copy chief
Favorite Saveur issue you've worked on: The Heartland issue (Aug./Sept. 2013). I wanted to eat every dish, and I loved the writing.
A dish that reminds you of home: I grew up on a farm in western Kentucky. Hands down, fried chicken. My mom can cut up a fryer with a paring knife like nothing you've ever seen. Where you're planning your next trip: Fort Lauderdale. I've been going there since college, so it's familiar, easy to navigate, and the weather (except in the hottest summer months) is wonderful.