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 →


It's that time again...the stockings, once hung by the chimney with care, now lie discarded on the heap of shredded paper and ribbon. The lights that once illuminated the tree with a rainbow of colors are now tossed aside into a box, or bag, their green tendrils becoming more and more entwined, like some cruel... Continue Reading →


"Hey James, can you go up to the old place and have a look around? The security guy called and said a door, or window, or something was open." The call came at 445 in the afternoon. I had just walked in the door from work, and the phone was ringing when I opened the... Continue Reading →

Branches and Boughs

Christmas was always a special time at the Hilltop House Hotel. My fellow employees and I always had a grand time decorating the old girl in her holiday finery. Fat red ribbons entwined the spindles of the grand staircase, ribbons of gold hung from every portrait in the hallways and stray strands of tinsel were... Continue Reading →

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