For some reason I’ve only eaten steak on the rare occasion. It isn’t that I dislike steak, it’s just that I like chicken and fish considerably more. I even went a year without eating beef or pork, and only started up again because at the end of that year I happened upon a blood drive and they almost wouldn’t allow me to contribute because I was borderline anemic. The nurse asked me if I was a vegetarian, and when she was certain that I didn’t have any moral objections against doing so she suggested that I start incorporating more red meat into my diet. Continue reading
A few weeks ago my aunt gave me an unexpected gift that I’ll treasure forever: the bowl that my grandmother used to make her homemade banana pudding. That bowl has been around longer than I have (according to my aunt my grandmother bought it sometime in the 1950s), and appeared at every large family get-together until my grandmother passed away.
To quote a phrase from an old Kris Kristofferson song, my grandmother was a “walking contradiction.” She had an old-fashioned first name and lived out in the piney woods of east Texas, but there was so much more to her than that. In addition to the typical things you’d expect from a “country grandma” like the quilts she made and her perfect fried chicken, she also introduced me to a little more culture than I otherwise would have been exposed to. Continue reading
A few years ago I needed to whip up some last minute appetizers for Thanksgiving and in a burst of creativity and desperation I came up with these garlic shrimp cheesecake puffs. They were a big hit, so of course I promptly forgot about them. I’m not entirely certain that I even got to taste them, but vividly remember my brother-in-law raving about how good they were. Continue reading
I don’t know if pickled eggs fell out of fashion, or if I just stopped noticing them, but I went from seeing them practically everywhere to not at all. Last week I picked up a few organic chioggia beets and knew just what I had to do. These beet juice pickled eggs are not only colorful, but the cayenne gives a nice little spark to each bite. Continue reading