Broccoli salads are a dime a dozen, but this one, which is adapted from Ashley Christensen's cookbook, "Poole's: Recipes from a Modern Diner," is a game-changing celebration of flavors, colors and textures: broccoli, toasted pecans and red grapes are cloaked in a warm bacon-scallion vinaigrette, then sprinkled with small chunks of sharp white Cheddar. (Photo: Jim Wilson/NYT)

Broccoli Salad With Cheddar and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Broccoli salads are a dime a dozen, but this one, which is adapted from Ashley Christensen's cookbook, "Poole's: Recipes from a Modern Diner," is a game-changing celebration of flavors, colors and textures: broccoli, toasted pecans and red grapes are cloaked in a warm bacon-scallion vinaigrette, then sprinkled with small chunks of sharp white Cheddar. (Photo: Jim Wilson/NYT)

Chef Ashley Christensen shares the recipe for the most requested dish at Poole’s Downtown Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina

Chef Ashley Christensen shares the recipe for the most requested dish at Poole’s Downtown Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina

Chef Ashley Christensen shares the recipe for the most requested dish at Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina

Chef Ashley Christensen shares the recipe for the most requested dish at Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina

In Ashley Christensen's Southern-leaning brunch menu, there are some traditional elements (like pecan and sorghum), but Christensen injects her own flair with dishes such as baked hotcakes. Rise and shine with her menu, right ahead.

Rise and Shine with a Southern Brunch

In Ashley Christensen's Southern-leaning brunch menu, there are some traditional elements (like pecan and sorghum), but Christensen injects her own flair with dishes such as baked hotcakes. Rise and shine with her menu, right ahead.

The Secret to Ashley Christensen's Fried Chicken

The Secret to Ashley Christensen's Fried Chicken

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Ashley+Christensen’s+Homegrown+Tomato+Pie

Learn how to make chef Ashley Christensen's stuffed celery sticks with bacon and scallion cream cheese.

Stuffed Celery Sticks with Bacon and Scallion Cream Cheese

Learn how to make chef Ashley Christensen's stuffed celery sticks with bacon and scallion cream cheese.

The Secret to Ashley Christensen’s Fried Chicken

The Secret to Ashley Christensen’s Fried Chicken

Ashley Christensen's Homegrown Tomato Pie - Andrew ZimmernAndrew Zimmern

Ashley Christensen's Homegrown Tomato Pie - Andrew ZimmernAndrew Zimmern

Says Chef Ashley Christensen: This is the most popular dish we make at Pooles Diner, for sure. Were on track to sell about 15,000 of them this year. Its rich, deli…

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Says Chef Ashley Christensen: This is the most popular dish we make at Pooles Diner, for sure. Were on track to sell about 15,000 of them this year. Its rich, deli…

Chef Ashley Christensen shares the recipe for the most requested dish at Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina

Chef Ashley Christensen shares the recipe for the most requested dish at Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina

When slicing tomatoes this morning I came across this gem. Nothing says love like your favorite fruit sliced open in the shape of a heart! 🍅😊❤️. Tomatoes from @theproducebox and I'm pickling them with the best recipe ever, provided by @poolesdiner cookbook from @ashley_christensen 👊

When slicing tomatoes this morning I came across this gem. Nothing says love like your favorite fruit sliced open in the shape of a heart! 🍅😊❤️. Tomatoes from @theproducebox and I'm pickling them with the best recipe ever, provided by @poolesdiner cookbook from @ashley_christensen 👊

Ashley Christensen’s Fried Chicken

Ashley Christensen’s Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken from Chef Ashley Christensen, owner of Beasley’s Chicken + Honey in Raleigh, North Carolina

Stuffed celery with a cream cheese filling laced with crisp bacon and bacon fat.

Stuffed Celery Sticks with Bacon and Scallion Cream Cheese

Stuffed celery with a cream cheese filling laced with crisp bacon and bacon fat.

Macaroni au Gratin | This 30-minute mac and cheese from chef Ashley Christensen is a bestseller at her Raleigh, NC restaurant, Poole's Diner. What makes it special: the three-cheese combo is brûléed under the broiler for a crust you must crack through to reach the creamy macaroni below.

Macaroni au Gratin

Macaroni au Gratin | This 30-minute mac and cheese from chef Ashley Christensen is a bestseller at her Raleigh, NC restaurant, Poole's Diner. What makes it special: the three-cheese combo is brûléed under the broiler for a crust you must crack through to reach the creamy macaroni below.

Chef Ashley Christensen's Top Raleigh Eats - California Olive Ranch

Chef Ashley Christensen's Top Raleigh Eats - California Olive Ranch

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