Recipes

Pimiento Cheese Spread

WANT TO ENJOY A CHEAP LUNCH? EAT AT THE MASTERS AND ORDER A PIMIENTO CHEESE SANDWICH      Scheduled for the first full week of April, the Masters is the first major of the year, and unlike the others, it is always held at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club. It’s a private course in the southeastern United States, in the city of Augusta, Georgia. The setting is beautiful. It is run with clockwork precision. It showcases the best golfers in the world. But you know all of this.     …

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Iconic Lunch At The Masters – A Pimiento Cheese Sandwich.

     Scheduled for the first full week of April, the Masters is the first major of the year, and unlike the others, it is always held at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club. It’s a private course in the southeastern United States, in the city of Augusta, Georgia. The setting is beautiful. It is run with clockwork precision. It showcases the best golfers in the world. But you know all of this.      “It’s a cultural event where the Southern United Sates has its chest stuck out and is…

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coq au vin cuisine

Coq Au Vin (Your Go-to Classic)

     Just because you’re using a classic recipe such as coq au vin doesn’t mean you can’t change it.  All good cooks want their rendition to be unique, so alter it until you are finally satisfied you have it exactly the way you want it.      To try to set my coq au vin recipe apart from everyone else’s, I’ve done the following:            *  I use fresh pearl onions instead of the frozen variety; however, removing the outer papery layer is a bit tedious.           *  I add a dab of…

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Paella – A Convivial Dish

Ancient Roots      Paella is a rice dish that has ancient roots. Its modern form originated in the mid-19th century in the area around the east coast of Spain adjacent to the city of Valencia.  Paella is also the name of the specialized shallow pan used for this dish.      There’s not much of a consensus regarding how this delicious dish, perhaps Spain’s most famous, should be prepared. Also, what should, or shouldn’t go into it is an issue. The original recipes went from being relatively simple to including a wide variety…

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A Mac and Cheese I’m Not Ashamed To Serve

     Ah, Mac and Cheese (see above). The comfort food of all comfort foods. To me the sight and smell of this immediately causes my mouth to water – definitely one of my guilty pleasures. First of All, I Have To Get This Off My Chest      I don’t consider the packaged varieties of mac and cheese to truly be mac and cheese at all. Sure, the final product has macaroni, milk, and butter. It’s 75% there, but it’s that mystery package of who knows what that I take issue with….

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Making Butter

My name is Bob, and I’m a butteroholic. An Erma Bombeck quote: The other night my husband took me to dinner. We were having a wonderful time when he remarked,” You can certainly tell the wives from the sweethearts.” I stopped licking the stream of butter dripping down my elbow and replied, “What kind of crack is that?”      And  who can blame her? While I’ve never licked butter dripping off my elbow, I have had it drop off my chin on many occasions. Popcorn, sweet corn, and toast immediately come…

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Ziti In The City

MY LITTLE DITTY ABOUT ZITI IN THE CITY So, what’s new with Carrie Bradshaw? It’s ziti in the city not sex in the city that Carrie craves these days. This urban beauty is sitting pretty while living on royalties quite handsomely. She’s lounging in lounges and celebrity, leads a life of simplicity, and currently, she’s reading Thurber’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.    And what’s occupying her time? Forget the men, the shoes, the couture, and the city. It’s huge hot casseroles of gooey cheesy baked ziti.    Well, Carrie. Guess…

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Baked Ziti. Simple and Delicious

     When I started reading the first line in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,” I assumed it was going to be an homage to comfort food. If I truly started counting the ways I love comfort food, it would take me into next week. Comfort Food Does Indeed Give Me Comfort      The main reason I love comfort food is the fact that some days just call for a simple dish that is drop-dead delicious, one that makes me feel cozy…

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Chain-gang

Georgia Chain Gang Chili

Now What?      When you find yourself lying on a bunk in the big house, and the only appointment you have scheduled in the next 20 years (to life) is with the Georgia Department of Corrections, you realize you’re going to have lots of free time on your hands. So, what’s the plan?      You can volunteer to work in the kitchen and hone your culinary skills. I don’t know if this is Hy Abernathy’s story or not, but given the name of this chili, I’m sure it must have chain-gang roots…

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Chicken Liver Pâté

FIFTY WAYS TO LOVE YOUR LIVER      You can close your louver, leave your lover, go to the Louvre, or visit Rod Laver, but this is about liver. Yes, liver.      This is one thing your mother was right about – liver is good for you. It contains lots of vitamins (A, B & D) and iron. But when I ask people if they like liver, I usually get a negative response, and many people are actually repulsed at the thought of eating it. Liver Aficionados      Cats, on the other hand,…

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