I’ll Be Home For Christmas….If Only In My Dreams

Three years ago I started a new Christmas tradition, the annual Christmas post. For some reason they are always the hardest for me to write. I tend to get sentimental this time of year, and long for the Christmases of my youth. Back when families gathered together and shared a meal without posting it on…

Season of the Soup

So, here we are. Winter and Christmas is upon us again. Time is just flying by. I’ve been busy as always. There’s not much to do when you work the over night shift. I only get to cook once a week on my second day off. I can cook anytime, but it makes me feel…

Coming Soon: A New Culinary Adventure

Sorry I haven’t been around for awhile. I’m such a bad host. My work schedule was flipped upside down in July, and it hasn’t left me much free time to blog. I’m still cooking when I can, which is about once or twice a week. Good news is I’ve lost a little weight. In this…

40

Today is my 40th birthday. I started planning what I was going to make for my birthday dinner months ago. My plan was to make a Herb Crusted Pork loin atop a Sweet Potato Mash with an Apple Gastrique. The cake was going to be a Vanilla Sponge layer cake filled with lemon curd, and…

Stay Golden: Sophia’s Lasagna Al Forno

Thank you for being a friend Traveled down the road and back again Your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant. And if you through a party Invited everyone you ever knew You would see the biggest gift would be from me And the card attached would say thank you for being a…

Braised Short Ribs

What a week it has been, and I’m only at the half way point!! I keep telling myself just two more days. After that it’s two glorious days off. That doesn’t seem like much, but to me it mean one more week until vacation time. I’m well over do for some time off. I ‘m…

The Forgotten Art of Mayonnaise

The 4th of July is one, if not the, biggest grilling holidays of the year. I must confess that I am not one of these people. I love to grill. I love everything about it. I love the smoky flavor and the crisp caramelization the food takes on in this cooking form. Unfortunately for me,…

Throw Back Thursday: N’Awlins Style

With all the hubbub going around with Throw Back Thursday, I thought I would re-share my very first blog post. The one that started it all. I originally made the post on another blogger, I mean…umm…crap…., another blog site. I didn’t have much to say back then. The original intro was only two sentences; then…

Chicken with Basil and Wine

This recipe comes on the heels of a strongly worded letter to the Fresh Market. You know, almost every ingredient I use for my recipes comes from there. Over the past year I have noticed a decline in the products they carry. Their produce isn’t what it used to be. They seldom have collard greens,…

Buckhead Betty Joes

Hey Y’all. Today was a early day for me at work. I was in and out by three o’clock. Early days off I can actually cook dinner instead of ordering delivery. I would much rather cook and have left overs than have delivery for the same price. Plus, my food is way better quality than…

Coconut Curry Chicken

Apparently I’m on a Caribbean kick lately. I don’t know why, but I have been. Maybe it’s the heat and humidity. The power of suggestion? What ever it is, I welcome it. It has refueled me, and I feel like a chef again. The cooking life of a chef is one of challenge. You are always…

Challenge Accepted: Smoked Salmon

If you read my last post, you will recall I asked if there was any recipe of dish that you would like to see my take of. Kathryn (I hope I got your name correct) over at anotherfoodieblogger submitted smoked salmon and dungeness crab . I must admit, I really wanted to make the crab, but…