Last night I did some cooking for the Super Bowl. I made a batch of my chicken and sausage gumbo. The Sunday Film Series has slowed down a bit, so I decided to made a video of the process. Why wait until next Sunday?
My latest cinematic wonder, making Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, is less than a minute:
Writing returns with the next post.
Hey, Pumpkin. It is the time of year when you become a trendy food ingredient.
Pie. Soup. Casserole. Beer. Bread. The list of foods that you add nothing to goes on and on.
I oppose your presence in all these foods.
Stop It. You Are Not Food. You Are A Decoration.
The orange food group is quite limited. Carrots, sweet potatoes, oranges. Beyond that, there isn’t much interest. Some people would add Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to that list. To those people, I say slow down and unwrap. Read the rest of this entry »
You might have noticed that I am big on people treating each other right. Life is too short to fool with someone who is impolite. Usually, if I find a business person unpleasant to deal with I do not patronize their establishment.
I am such a liar sometimes.
I love Chinese food. Chinese food is one of my major food groups. I may actually be Chinese. I don’t think my parents know that. I think that they are proud I am their son and I feel certain they will accept me as their only Asian child.
My parents raised me to stand up for myself and my principles. Mom and Dad, when you read this, I hope you know that I mostly do what you taught me. There’s this exception though. The Kung Pao exception.
Where there is good Chinese food, there is room for compromise on my principles. Where the Kung Pao Chicken is exceptional, I am willing to deal with indignity and rudeness that I could never tolerate in any other arena. I can not explain this. I can’t even think of a similar exception in any part of my life. Read the rest of this entry »
I come to you today to pass on an important concept – the principle of Incidental Pork.
This principle is exceptionally useful. Properly applied, Incidental Pork will help a picky eater become less picky. It can also ease the stress of strict adherence to dietary restrictions imposed on an individual.
Enough Talk, What Is Incidental Pork?
Incidental Pork is a concept I got from a friend. The concept is based on actual pork which was incidental to the dish she was eating. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week I drove from my home in North Carolina to Orlando, FL and back. One of the things between home and Orlando is South Carolina.
South Carolina. The state that decided there really isn’t anything wrong with selling gasoline and fireworks in the same place. The state that thought making hiking enthusiast Mark Sanford their Governor would be a good idea. The state that, on this trip, revealed to me its latest good idea – selling oysters at highway truckstops.
Truckstop oysters. Stay here and think about the horrible possibilities for a minute while I keep writing. Meet me in the next section when you’re ready.
“I can’t wait for you to come over, I make the best cranberry sauce. It is my Grandmother’s recipe.”
In my early twenties, my girlfriend was someone I knew from high school. We ended up at the same university and things went from there. I remember her every year around this time because of cranberry sauce. Read the rest of this entry »
In several catalogs, I have seen a new brownie pan designed to make sure that each brownie has at least two crusty edges.
This all edges brownie pan seems to be being marketed as an advance in making brownies. If you’re the sort of person who is a fan of the crusty edges of brownies, it may just be the sort of advance you’ve hoped for.
I’m Not That Sort Of Person
Food. I am a fan. Yet there are certain things that matter in certain dishes that I can’t explain.
Let’s Start Simple.
I love Pasta. I think it is sort of a genetic thing in me. I could eat it every day. I consider pasta a food group.
However, it is my position that certain shaped pastas go with certain dishes. Baked Ziti is called that for a reason. Alfredo sauce on elbow macaroni is wrong. Macaroni and Cheese made with spaghetti just can’t happen. Same basic product in different shapes. Why is there a difference? Read the rest of this entry »