Setting A Stage

Okay, seriously – this just blew my mind. The Rivertown Inn in Stillwater, Minnesota, is a literary themed bed and breakfast.  Their website boasts a number of rooms, all thematically arranged for a selected author (or authoress).  The photo on the right, for example, is from their “Agatha Christie” room, and it’s done up to…

German Chocolate Pie, Anyone?

My mother loved to cook.  In fact, when I tell people about her, I’m always quick to emphasize that she catered people’s parties and functions on the side.   She was once the subject of the area’s newspaper’s “Cook of the Week” feature.  She’s been gone for nearly two decades, and yet whenever people talk about…

Changes

Time for a visual update, methinks . . .

Yuck . . . Taste This!

Ah, winter.  For most of the last week, we’ve been sans snow.  Now, it seems like that’s all we’re getting.  I have a theory about snow: Before December 25, snow is loved, welcomed, and enjoyed.  Starting December 26, however, it becomes annoying, troubling, and a pain. On to the important stuff . . . The…

December 26th

Another Christmas is in the history books. Since I do all of the cooking, the Christmas meal was tailored towards my tastes, which are generally traditional.  There was the spiral cut ham, for example, along with mashed potatoes, whole kernel corn, and a small green bean casserole.  I happened to have a couple of sweet potatoes,…

Literary Food

The discussion on Moll Flanders and the Titanic and their relationship to food has me thinking . . . A while back, I found (but unfortunately, did not purchase) a book called, The Sherlock Holmes Victorian Cookbook, by William Bonnell (1997), that tied together a few selected Holmes stories and discussions with what the author considered…

Pooh Wisdom

What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.  A. A. Milne So true, people.  So true.

A Cordially Made Cordial

Previously, I mentioned creating some dish from the recipes mentioned in Sandra Sherman’s Fresh From the Past: Recipes and Revelations from Moll Flanders’ Kitchen (Taylor Trade, 2004).  Well, I’ve settled on where I want to begin. Sherman reprints a recipe from William Ellis’ Country Housewife’s Family Companion (1750), called “Rich Family Cordial with Black-Cherries, Mulberries, and…

Nuggets of Doom

In a rush of idiotic fancy, I went to McDonald’s last night and ordered a box of Chicken McNuggets. When I was younger – much younger – Chicken McNuggets might as well have been a basic staple food for me.  Between work, school, and whatever else was going on, the fabled CMcN provided basic nourishment and…

On the Shelf

Wow . . . it’s been over a month since my last post, and I hadn’t intended for that to happen. Truth be told, I thought I’d have something cool to say about any Thanksgiving activities, but it was pretty blah and plain.  No new recipes, nothing done in a particularly noteworthy manner.  Don’t get…