Max McMullen Clark’s Curried Chick Peas

Max McMullen Clark is one of London’s rising young chefs.  Nancy and I know him through our close friendship with his grandparents, Debbie and Jeremy McMullen.  You caught a glimpse of Jeremy, now, alas, deceased, here (scroll down for the glimpse), and, more recently, Debbie was our companion and expert restaurant guide when were in Paris together all too briefly last year.  See here and here. … Continue reading Max McMullen Clark’s Curried Chick Peas

Recipes for Murder Hornets

As with you, my first reaction on learning that murder hornets had come to the United States was that incredibly, 2020 had just gotten worse.  My second reaction was, “I wonder how they taste?” I’m not a big eater of insects.  I’ve had the chapulines (grasshopper) tacos at Oyamel here in Washington, one of the restaurants owned by Jose Andres, my choice for the Nobel … Continue reading Recipes for Murder Hornets

Recipes for Quarantine Times and Any Other Time

You’ve been stuck in your house or apartment for a while now, you can’t find a chicken for love nor money, and you’ve run through your favorite recipes at least twice. And you’re starting to run up bills from getting carry-out or delivery with, I hope and trust, truly excessive tips. Well, you’ve come to the right place, my friends! Here are selected recipes that … Continue reading Recipes for Quarantine Times and Any Other Time

10 Lessons for Smoking Your First Whole Hog

Many of you, no doubt, are planning on cooking a whole hog (or, more elegantly, pig) for your New Year’s dinner.  You are to be commended.  I’m sure that Dan Kenney would be cooking a whole pig if he weren’t exhausted from frying turkeys for half of Lumberton. The ultimate method of cooking a whole pig — or another large part of a pig — is … Continue reading 10 Lessons for Smoking Your First Whole Hog

How to Deep Fry a Turkey

Carefully.  Very carefully. Here’s another Thanksgiving and Christmas recipe for you. My friend, Dan Kenney, has a post at the Coach4aDay on deep frying turkeys, and another one here, updated.  Dan will cook 15(!) turkeys on Thanksgiving this year.  I have no idea how many people he’s hosting, or how many he’s frying up for friends.  I wouldn’t put either past him — Dan is the … Continue reading How to Deep Fry a Turkey

Last Minute Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Let’s say you’re in one of America’s many barbecue deserts and a benign providence presents you with an opportunity to eat some by gosh barbecue.  The catches, you must provide some barbecue sauce.  You rush to the store and see KC Masterpiece and Bone Sucking Sauce and other crimes against humanity, but nothing you’d ever eat without a gun at your head, or maybe even … Continue reading Last Minute Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Best Dressing for Roasted Turkey

Originally posted on John Tanner's Barbecue Blog:
It’s been weeks since you roasted a turkey, so get ready to roast another one.  It may seem soon, but, after all, you won’t have to roast another one for 11 months.  Remember that while the turkey is the centerpiece of the meal, the real stars are the sides.  How often do you get to eat gravy.… Continue reading Best Dressing for Roasted Turkey

How to Make Eastern North Carolina Corn Sticks

The mystery of making Eastern North Carolina Corn Sticks is now solved, thanks to Mr. Tommy Haddock of Clayroot, North Carolina.  Mr. Haddock gave me the answer back in June, and I should have posted about it before. Clayroot is the home of Haddock’s Barbecue, which I presume was first opened by relatives of Mr. Haddock.  They’re open for breakfast and lunch every day but Sunday, … Continue reading How to Make Eastern North Carolina Corn Sticks

Local Sandwiches Update: The Guberburger Taste Test

I earlier had a post on the Guberburger, a local specialty of Sedalia, Missouri.  A Guberburger is a hamburger with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and (drum roll) peanut butter.  I have, alas, never been to Sedalia and, what with the long list of places I need to visit and the limitations on travel imposed by my duties as Senior Assistant Nanny (SAN) to Miss Ella Grace … Continue reading Local Sandwiches Update: The Guberburger Taste Test