Travelling Shoulders

Knoth’s Amazing Barbecue Followed Me Around the South It was always there. On the 4th of July, Memorial Day, family reunions—even Thanksgiving and Christmas. We had other food on those occasions, but a genuine hickory-smoked shoulder from Knoth’s was the prized chunk of goodness on the table. The one that made us go “ah.” We […]
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Good Time for Snow Ice Cream

It’s delicious! Snow ice cream is also fun to make–especially for the kiddies. When I was very young, back in the 20th century, my grandma would make snow cream whenever we had a “big” snow, meaning one that was big enough to scoop up in her tin pan. It’s easy to make: Esther’s Snow Cream […]
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Loving My Griswold Cast Iron Cookware

My love for Griswold cast iron cookware began about 30 years ago. For the longest time I had only the one 6″ skillet. Gradually, it dawned on me that of all my cookware, the Griswold skillet was the one I would grab again and again to cook with. That first Griswold skillet was seasoned perfectly, […]
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Salad with Overwhelming Flavor

No more humdrum salads. Are you tired of the lettuce/tomato/salad dressing routine? You know you should eat healthy salads, but you are sick to death of the boring monotony of most concoctions? Prepare to be amazed–to have your taste buds rocked. This simple summer salad will virtually explode with flavor in your mouth. I guarantee […]
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Key Lime Pie – One of the best pies of summer

I just returned from a long stay in Florida, where of course I had to try several versions of delightfully cool Key Lime Pie. Key limes are also known as Mexican or West Indian limes. If you can’t find them in your area, substitute bottled Key lime juice. This recipe is modified from the classic one […]
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Best Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie (So far)

Best homemade chocolate chip cookie I have finally made what I think is the best homemade chocolate chip cookie. At least for me. If you follow this recipe, just be sure to read it all the way through first. It’s not all that complicated, but it isn’t the same as the one on the chocolate […]
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Butter Pecan Cookie is the Bomb

My new favorite cookie has to be this Butter Pecan version. This “egg-less” cookie is light, crunchy, and oh-so-tasty. But a warning: Incredibly addictive! Here’s a safe bet: These won’t lie around your kitchen for long. I suspect that because of their light and dry crunchiness they would probably keep well for several days or […]
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Navy Bean Soup

  Delicious navy bean soup is both nourishing and healthy. Though some people add a bit of carrot, I find that makes navy bean soup too sweet-tasting. Each to his own, but here’s my simple recipe.   Ingredients: 2 cups navy beans 1 meaty ham bone (or 1/2 to 1 cup of ham bits) 1/2 […]
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Super Bowl Mexican Chicken Casserole

Superbowl Mexican Chicken Casserole. Don’t just gobble up salty snacks. When the snow flurries are flying, and the big game is splashed across your big TV, enjoy a hearty, hot dish of this super-easy casserole.  
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Homemade Hot Chocolate

Homemade Hot Chocolate. Mmm, is there anything better during a polar vortex? Easy to make homemade hot chocolate hits the spot on cold winter’s nights like we are having. Curl up with this delicious and easy hot drink. Blow the steam away, melt a marshmallow or two. Heck, spring will be here soon and it […]
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Wade’s Wild Turkey Pecan Pie

Wade’s Wild Turkey Pecan Pie is (of course) one of my favorite pies. It’s a variation on an old southern favorite–the Bourbon Pecan Pie. It’s just that I prefer baking with Wild Turkey bourbon. It’s all-Kentucky, all the time. (Don’t worry–the alcohol burns off in the cooking. You won’t get tipsy if you eat a […]
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Wade’s Spaghetti Cheat Number Two

Wade’s spaghetti cheat number two is the second of two ways to have your “pasta” and eat it too. For those of us trying to trim excess carbs from our diet, pasta seems a likely place to start. Pasta noodles in and of themselves are not unhealthy, but eaten in the portions we consider “normal” […]
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Bunch of Punch for New Year’s

Bunch of punch for New Year’s, that’s what you need. And this is just the recipe for that. It should make enough for at least a dozen people, maybe more. But my mom could suck this amount down in about 20 minutes. Yes, I said it. Happy New Year!
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