Christmas

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I recently shared with my readers that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, but my favorite season is unquestionably the Christmas season. Thanksgiving has a minimal period of anticipation, mostly by those who actually are cooking the meal, and is pretty much relegated to the big turkey dinner event and maybe a couple days following of leftovers. I … Read More

Lobster Shepherd Pie… A Unique Maine Classic

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As my first post-collegiate job, I spent 4 years working at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston where I worked in a series of positions including restaurant manager, food & beverage controller and weekend resident manager of the hotel. The hours are long and intense working in hotels but I loved every minute of it. But when the weekend came, … Read More

Pistachio Tiramisu… An Italian Classic

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When I originally bought Sorrento Grilled in Laguna Beach the most popular dessert on the menu was the tiramisu. In fact, for a time it was a de rigueur dessert on every Italian restaurant’s menu that was worth its Sicilian sea salt but then for some unknown reason it began disappearing. Sorrento had been known as a pretty hard core … Read More

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

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