Recognizing the Little Culinary Joys
Published 11/25/2009 at 9:12 a.m. 1 comment
I’m trying to make it a tradition this time of year to celebrate the small food joys, the things that are so easy to overlook—the bargains, the sweet gestures, the shared meals, the neat stuff in stores and on our ...
Allowing Dogs at Dinner? Thanks, But No Thanks
Published 10/14/2009 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments
This statute making it okay for dogs to accompany their owners to dine on the patios of local restaurants? Bah. I profess indifference, though it’s clearly aimed at dog owners like me.
Grilled Cheese Comfort Zone
Published 9/16/2009 at 5:27 p.m. 0 comments
Anyone who knows me well is surprised when they learn I spent the better part of a decade as a freelance writer. I worked from my light, airy, and profoundly disorganized home here in South Knoxville. By myself. That surprises ...
The Problem with Growing Squash
Published 7/8/2009 at 12:27 p.m. 0 comments
I can’t grow yellow squash, and “Horoscopes by Holiday” Mathis is to blame. She just had to write a column about three years ago, describing each zodiac sign’s critical weakness. There, spelled out on creators.com for all to see, was ...
Shady Grove Mead: Good for What Ails You
Published 6/16/2009 at 11:13 a.m. 0 comments
They’re missing it. Fifteen minutes in the tasting room/shop at the Shady Grove Meadery, a stone’s throw from Interstate 75 in Lake City, and it’s obvious: These kindly vintners, whose bottles have been available at local liquor stores since 2004, ...
Homemade Doggie Treats
Published 4/1/2009 at 2:57 p.m. 0 comments
At 20, my daughter Lucy is a harsh critic of television hosts. Ellen, she watches with delight whenever she can, loves her dance, loves her politics. Tyra Banks never received another blink of her viewing eye after an episode on ...
Beer Secrets, Revealed!
Published 3/4/2009 at 2:00 p.m. 0 comments
There are certain food topics on which I am the undisputed expert. I’m telling you. How to make pimiento cheese. Where to get the best mashed potatoes or grilled salmon in Knoxville. The science behind the glittery “stars” in a ...
Everlasting Christmas Cookies?
Published 1/21/2009 at 1:17 p.m. 0 comments
Our Metro Pulse offices are sort of tucked into a garret on the second floor of the Tennessee Theatre building, and one of the guys could see the outrage from his window that overlooks Gay Street. “They’re already putting up ...
Do Black-Eyed Peas Really Bring Good Luck in the New Year?
Updated 12/25/2008 at 9:50 p.m. 3 comments
You chew and swallow these, see, and you do it just on the right day and presto, change-o, good luck! But Jack and the Beanstalk notwithstanding, how can you reasonably expect eating a couple of lousy legumes to bring good ...
Books That Cook 2008
Published 12/10/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
Slow boil, jumbo shrimp, boneless ribs, non-dairy creamer, etc. I’m going to counter the many food oxymorons with a redundant phrase: cookbooks intended for people who wish to cook at home. Those are my favorites among cookbooks published in 2008, ...
Thanks a Little
Published 11/26/2008 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments
I want to remember to be thankful for food. There’s the great big gratitude—that I live in a society where food is delicious and abundant, that I don’t struggle to put meals on my family’s table, that we will never ...
Backsliding With the Best
Published 11/12/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 1 comment
I really do try, pretty hard, to do the green thing when I eat. For example, I buy the one-pound bag of baby carrots, not the four little individual bags banded together with a giant sticker, cute as they are. ...
Published 10/8/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments
I thought the first one was a piece of gravel—though it was hitting the top of my tiny Toyota. Ping! The dog, all 12 pounds of her, was more concerned, back legs on the arm rest, front paws on the ...
Published 9/17/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments
My love affair with pickles began when I was a child growing up in an outsized Catholic family in Williamsburg, Va. Our pickles were whole cucumbers “hot packed” in a suspiciously frog-green vinegar, cheap and plentiful in giant Heinz jars. ...
You Bring The Salad
Published 8/20/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment
All Foods Considered by Rose Kennedy: Last August, serendipity. I needed a dish at 7 a.m. sharp for the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, and on a mad dash to the Kroger, not only were Simply Potatoes hash browns on sale, they ...