Oh you Ham…

The holiday season is upon us again. And it is always at this time of year that the chef in me comes out. I spent my early professional years in kitchens, and learned from some of the best chefs on the eastern seaboard. Each and every one had their own flair when it came to... Continue Reading →

Hoppin’ John and Hog Jowls

It was New Year's Eve, 1999 and everyone was abuzz with the nervous energy of the coming festivities and the looming shadow of the dreaded Y2K bug that the media had us all in a frenzy over. Everyone was worried about their "digital footprint" being erased, all their pertinent information being compromised and other such... Continue Reading →

Side Dish Smorgasbord (part 2)

And so it continues.... Creamy Corn Pudding 1 tablespoon butter 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup 1/2 cup of milk (whole) 2 eggs 1 can (12 oz) whole kernel corn, drained 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a... Continue Reading →

Side Dish Smorgasbord (part 1)

Thanksgiving... The very word makes my belly rumble with expectations. Visions of turkey, oven roasted to golden perfection, the aroma of bread, fresh-baked and warm from the oven. I can already taste the sweet and savory flavor of Mom's sweet potato casserole. I sit here and think with a gluttonous grin on the exquisite nap... Continue Reading →


the kitchen was warm and inviting when I strolled casually through. There was soiled plates and flat ware in bus tubs in front of the cavernous dish machine. The dinner rush was over and the kitchen was on the downhill side of the evening. The cooks and chefs were winding down and beginning the clean... Continue Reading →

Cream biscuits and Gravy

The kitchen has been an ever-present component of my life, as I'm sure it is for most. Some of my best ever memories took place in the kitchen. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best chefs in the industry (in my humble opinion) and have learned much. The list of... Continue Reading →

Just enough pepper.

The sky wore its confederate grey cloak as I strolled up the street to the hotel. The leaves had peaked, their color going from the fiery red, yellows and oranges of early autumn to the subdued browns and deep maroon of fall in its twigh light. The cold had deepened and winter wasn't far off.... Continue Reading →


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