Supper's on Hand

This busy dad proves that the key to great family fare is as close as your pantry and freezer.
Andria Scott Hurst

I'm all about cooking with kids," Marvin Woods says enthusiastically. "It feeds their natural curiosity and gets them excited about trying different foods." This renowned chef, popular television personality, and cookbook author has legions of fans, but to 2-year-old Madison, who follows him around the kitchen, he's just "Poppi."

He's a master of lively flavors and family-friendly dishes. "Just because an ingredient is out-of-season doesn't mean you have to do without," he says with a smile. Here he demonstrates how bright, easygoing recipes can come from frozen fruits and vegetables and other items you have on hand.

Marvin's Family Menu:


Keep an eye out for Marvin Woods's new restaurant and his new line of herb and spice blends and condiments. These products will be available at specialty foods stores across the country. Marvin also shares his passion for and knowledge of food in his two cookbooks.

  • The New Low-Country Cooking: 125 Recipes for Coastal Southern Cooking With Innovative Style (William Morrow Cookbooks, $27.50)
  • Home Plate Cooking: Everyday Southern Cuisine With a Fresh Twist (Rutledge Hill Press, $24.99)

"Supper's on Hand" is from the March 2007 issue of Southern Living.