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

The Best-Ever Sweet Potato Recipe: Liza Tanner Boyd’s Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving is upon us, and, as required by federal law, that means it’s time to make sweet potatoes.  Very sweet potatoes.  For most people, that means either sliced sweet potatoes covered with an incredible amount of sugar, or else a sweet potato casserole, where the incredible amount of sugar is blended in and the actual amount is known only to the cook. As you know, … Continue reading The Best-Ever Sweet Potato Recipe: Liza Tanner Boyd’s Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

Barbecue Spaghetti?

I enjoy the website,  Atlas Obscura.  It offers articles about little-known and quirky locations and phenomena around the world.  You should sign up for their weekly newsletter.  Recently they had an article about Barbecue Spaghetti.  On the wildest of hunches, I googled “barbecue spaghetti” and, mirabile dictu, confirmed that it was an Elvis favorite and, like most Elvis favorites, remains a thing in Memphis.  The … Continue reading Barbecue Spaghetti?

How to Make Perfect Barbecue: An Illustrated Step by Step Guide

Memorial Day is coming up, and that means the opening of Prime Home-Cooked Barbecue Season.  For your convenience, I’ve gathered together a series of posts describing the five — well, six — steps involved in making perfect barbecue.  They give you a detailed guide, and now you have them all in one convenient place.  Follow these steps and you’ll make some great barbecue. Note:  This … Continue reading How to Make Perfect Barbecue: An Illustrated Step by Step Guide

Re-heating Chopped Barbecue in a Hurry

One of the nice things about having a barbecue blog is that people bring you barbecue.  The other night, two of Nancy’s Mah Jongg buddies,  Ellen Buchanan and Ann Owens, who came up together in Winnsboro, South Carolina, brought me some barbecue from Gardner’s in Rocky Mount, North Carolina — Eastern North Carolina chopped barbecue. I waited until the next evening to eat it, already … Continue reading Re-heating Chopped Barbecue in a Hurry