What are your favorite ingredients and tools? If it's wild, weird, or Southern, chances are, I love it. Personal favorites? Aside from my sorghum fetish, pig fat and my digital scale. And Cruze Farm's buttermilk, Sequatchie Cove's Dancing Fern cheese, and all of the unique produce—from Gravenstein apples to stinging nettles to Egyptian walking onions—from my favorite stall at the farmers' market. I also have a soft spot for lovage, country ham, cornmeal, cardamom, purslane, lavender, sorrel, and garlic scapes. Not together. Butter, flour, sugar. And nothing compares to an egg or a very sharp knife. Mint, parsley, and celery leaf are all severely underrated. And I don't care to do without a stand mixer, my ceramic mandoline, wooden spoons, a fine mesh strainer, a digital candy and oil thermometer, and—but of course—my cast iron skillet.