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 […]

The RV Chronicles — Celebrating 22 at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Apple Cider Caramel)

Dear Catherine — Who would’ve thought that you’d be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary grading papers? Or watching our baby girl’s very last high school marching band performance? I never would have guessed that all these together years would be celebrated over Dairy Queen soft serve. Neither could I have predicted that, on our 22nd […]

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’ […]

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 […]

Food Snob Chronicles – Stuffing for thought: Thanksgiving uncensored

To love your food is to know your food. And I’ll bet there are a few things you didn’t know about the feast served in late-November each year. Leave it to the politicians President Franklin Roosevelt, between 1939-41, pushed Thanksgiving back a week to boost the economy. It turned into a quite a cluster-gobble, since […]

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. 6 — Frankly, I think every day should be National Hot Dog Day

I‘ll bet you didn’t know that Saturday, July 23 was a national holiday. Well, sort of. It was the day designated in 2011 to celebrate the hot dog. And maybe eat a few million of them. Had you attended the St. Paul (Minn.) Saints’ Saturday game against the Sioux City Explorers, and were among the […]