Bone Marrow… An Ancient ‘Flintstonian’ Delicacy Revisited

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The saying about all things old becoming new again is true. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors instinctively feasted on the marrow inside of the bones of their kill knowing intuitively that it was the most nutritious part of the animal. Years later, many ancient cultures still believed in the medicinal properties of marrow and used it as a special dietary supplement for … Read More

Pumpkin Patch Donut Holes

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I don’t know… blame it on the tidal influence of the ‘Great Pumpkin’ rising. Just when I thought I was finished making yet another pumpkin something I watched the 50th anniversary of the Emmy nominated Peanuts Classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and I lost all self-control. All it took was sitting in front of a fireplace while the … Read More

Food as a Celebration of Life, Family & Friends

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Maybe it’s because of the onset of the holiday season that I have recently started to think about the importance and impact that food has in bringing people together. I spent many years during the holiday season in both the Midwest and the East Coast in my early years and the one clear takeaway was how the cold weather brought … Read More

Thanksgiving… My Favorite Holiday

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No other holiday nurtures my soul like Thanksgiving, our one uniquely American day. It brings with it a confluence of so many things I love. To begin with, autumn has always been my favorite season. Having grown up in the Midwest it brought the beautiful turning of the leaves to brilliant reds and golds, a welcome chill in the air, … Read More

Brussels Sprouts – Redemption For A Scorned Cruciferous

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Is it just too freaking weird for me to say that I have felt sorry for a vegetable? Brussels sprouts have taken a bad rap for so long. Like its red-headed sister broccoli, it’s been the subject of derision no vegetable should ever have to endure. Truth be told, broccoli’s reputation has been publicly besmirched even worse. The one time … Read More

Cornmeal Pancakes… And Some American History

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I’m a pretty early riser… usually up well before 6:00 so you’d think I’d be a breakfast person… I’m not. However, for some reason, I love cooking morning meals for a houseful of friends and family when the not so often occasion arises. I make some mean cheesy, ‘French style’ scrambled eggs and some duck fat and sage roasted hash … Read More

The Great Pumpkin… A Squash with a Rich History

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Bubba Gump Pumpkin … Pumpkin waffles, pumpkin doughnut, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin soup, pumpkin beer… Yup… this is the time of the year when all conversation turns to the iconic pumpkin. I mean, is there anything that speaks to the Fall season more than these bumpy orange globes? In fact, the season officially arrives when, as the saying goes, “There’s frost … Read More

Lowcountry Shrimp Boil

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Before we get into talkin’ bout shrimp let’s chat a little about exactly what the term ‘Lowcountry’ means because it’s certainly a treasured area in this country’s vast variety of regional cuisines. According to John Martin Taylor, author of Hoppin’ John’s Low Country Cooking, Lowcountry is an area that stretches along the South Carolina coast from the Savannah River in … Read More

Hatch Chiles

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Back in the mid 80’s in my early days as a working chef I was into all things ‘Southwestern’ and I made several pilgrimages to the mecca of this food movement… Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a heady time when chefs like Robert Del Grande, Stephen Pyles, John Sedlar and Mark Miller were creating exciting dishes that took the … Read More