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The Boston Globe

Food & dining

A taste of Southern cooking in Acton

ACTON — When Jim Willis needs a comforting taste of his South Carolina heritage, he and his wife, Barbara, prepare a familiar dinner that begins with pickled shrimp, which he nibbles on as they fry chicken and shape buttermilk biscuits.

Barbara Willis typically makes the chicken, which, says Jim, “is pretty straightforward and easy to cook.” Theirs isn’t spicy, or soaked in buttermilk or yogurt, but, he says, “I’ve never had anyone say this isn’t a good dish.”

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