Slice, Grill, Serve

I’m not one to say I’m inspired by something or someone.  I don’t often, if ever, do something like someone else did it or even as a tribute. I even find myself making things that mom made but with adjustments they’ve become mine. Oh, how I wish I could cook for her again. My focus…

Sunday Breakfast

I’m  not a breakfast guy.  I’m actually not a fan of many traditional American breakfast foods…especially before, say 9:30.  Mom and dad loved breakfast and I married a man who believes the marketing line, “if it ain’t eggs, it ain’t breakfast.”  Mom always did a “full breakfast” on Sunday…and still got to Sunday School.  I…

Museum to Table

A visit to Crystal Bridges Museum was both enjoyable and invigorating.  We were visiting friends in Northwest Arkansas. The new life given to that region simply by the installation of a world class art museum is measurable.  We visited the museum in 2012 when the museum had just opened but wasn’t fully realized.  During that…

Bounty of the Garden

Those of you who know me have heard about my mom’s multiple versions of coleslaw. Sometime after I “took up housekeeping” I realized the motivation for all those different slaws.  Mom was a child of the depression. They grew their own vegetables and raised their own meats.  They “put up” provisions for the winter but…

Sunday Supper

Speaking with a friend today he said, “you’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately”. I haven’t really cooked more than usual.  However, I have taken to social media a bit more than normal. Summer is exhilarating. All things pertaining to food and entertaining are at the optimum. Cooking for those I love is pure…

Helen and Fay

It’s Mother’s Day and it’s taken me a while not to be totally depressed on this day. Time has helped create a shifted focus regarding how I think of mom and this day.  I’ve come to realize and actually celebrate the idea that Mom is with me always.  In fact, she and Brandt’s mom Helen…

The Best of Times

Friends, family, food, frivolity and another year older…where both digits change…it was the best of times! Early this year I started mentioning the birthday and asking what kind of celebration might be in order.  The responses were less than exuberant and extremely non-committal.  One Sunday afternoon I heard a voice from the bedroom proclaiming, “I…

2016 in Review

I wanted this to be brief…but you might want to go to the restroom and grab a drink…it was a eventful year. January.February.March I’m not superstitious but if I were going to be out of the country on January 1 I would pack a jar each of home cooked black-eyed peas and greens.  Some years…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I want to do a Year in Review post but I today I have to reflect on a joyous Christmas.  We were blessed to celebrate the season with clients, friends and family.  Then, we spent Christmas Eve and Day in the special place in East Tennessee we refer to as “Little Downton”.  Here’s a look…

First Party of the Holidays

I decided to start the holiday celebration early. Part of it comes from the vitriol we’ve had to witness for the past ten months. I’ve felt a strong urge to be around people that share love. We don’t even share the same political beliefs but we love and respect each other.  I also wanted to…