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

A Recipe for Sopa de Ajo, Garlic Soup

This is a special Valentine’s Day post.  You may think garlic soup is an odd choice for Valentine’s Day, but it has special memories for me. When I was courting Nancy, we often went to the now-closed Cafe de Paris in Georgetown and had garlic soup, which was about all I could afford while I was looking for a job after my Army service.  I … Continue reading A Recipe for Sopa de Ajo, Garlic Soup

Best Dressing for Roasted Turkey

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.  Really?  That often!  For me the real star … Continue reading Best Dressing for Roasted Turkey

Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise

I saw that Garden and Gun has an article on line identifying “Six Sandwiches You Should Try Today.”  I don’t think they mean you should try all six today, but I did try one: Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise. Peanut butter and mayonnaise used to be common in some areas of the South back when everyone was poor.  Well, almost everyone.  I don’t specifically recall ever … Continue reading Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise

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