The RV Chronicles — Sort of celebrating Thanksgiving (Recipe: Amish Potato Filling)

It’s no secret among the folks in my tight circle that I’m not a huge Thanksgiving fan. Sure, I’m thankful for all that is good. And I enjoy being in the company of (some) family. But … turkey? Yeah… You’re more than welcome to eat my portion. And green bean casserole? Oh, my. Leave it […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Chicken 101: Getting to know your fowl

If you insist on political correctness, stop reading now.  If you are still reading and believe that equality should run earth’s gamut, go ahead and delete your browser history as you now leave.  If Tofurkey is on your Thanksgiving menu, you’re welcome to stick around, but I’m not sure why you’d choose this place over […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Golden Pumpkin Tassies

I grew up eating the bite-sized Pecan Tassies made famous by Southern Living magazine. Still do, in fact. But the tangy rich tart shells are also delicious with other fillings. If you can get your hands on a Cushaw Pumpkin, do it.  (I used Cushaw pulp for the recipe in the picture; hence the ‘golden’ […]

Food Snob Chronicles — (Recipe): Hasselback Sweet Potatoes w/ Pecans & Cinnamon Butter

Thank you, Sweden. You gave us ABBA, Ace of Base and, of course IKEA. My wife really appreciates your latest contribution to the acting world — Alexander Skarsgård, though I’m more partial to the tennis exploits of Björn Borg. Your success in the culinary world, however, is about on par with our friends in England … […]

Confession No. 114 — The things I’m not thankful for (Recipe: Chocolate Apple Caramel Tart)

I don’t typically hop onto social bandwagons. If you want to work or shop on Thanksgiving, who am I to say you should be at home? If you think you deserve $15 hourly schlepping fries at McDonald’s, good for you. And if you want to list to your world of virtual friends all of the […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Become an all-star Thanksgiving host in five easy steps

Believe it or not, most Thanksgiving guests won’t remember your China pattern. Nor are they likely to recall that bottle of wine that you keep bragging about. Want everyone to have a memorable experience? By all means, dust off your dinnerware and spend a few bucks on that 2008 vintage. But consider a few more […]

Confession No. 68 — The stuff I’m truly thankful for

Around countless Thanksgiving tables this week, people will take turns giving examples of why they feel blessed. Most of them will make mention of God, family and country. Some will reference their jobs, while others will note their health. No person over the age of 10, however, will go into detail. Except me. Family Indeed, […]

Confession No. 20 — I doubt the Butterball hotline has answers for my questions

Who decided that we’d all eat turkey on the last Thursday of November? Why not chicken? Or beef? What about pork, or even venison? I’ll bet the hungry folks who disembarked the Mayflower onto American soil ate goose like it was going out of style. Has any team called the ‘Turkeys’ or ‘Gobblers’ won as […]