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 →

One Down…One to Go

The turkey has been carved, the stuffing stuffed and the leftovers have been stuffed into Tupperware and sealed. The dishes have been cleaned, the pots scrubbed and everything put in its proper place. The family is smiling and groaning in over-stuffed contentedness on the couch and armchairs. Thanksgiving is over and done for another year.... 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 →


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