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HALLOWEEN POPCORN BALLS

When I think of Halloween, my mind always turns to popcorn balls, those salty-sweet homespun sweets of my childhood. Our neighbor, Mrs. Snider, was a cheerful old lady with a little white bun on the back of her neck and sensible lace-up shoes that had been fashionable during World War II, and I never saw her without a cotton “farmer’s wife” apron like the ones my grandmother wore. When we showed up on her doorstep on Halloween, she would invite […]

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SPATCHCOCK CHICKEN WITH GRAPES AND PINE NUTS

Back in 2013 when I first saw the word “spatchcock,” I assumed it was some kinky thing I’d have to look up in the Urban Dictionary and then be sorry that I had. As it turns out, spatchcocking, said to derive from the term “dispatch the cock,” is an 18th century English or Irish word, and refers to a method of cooking a chicken by removing the backbone and flattening it. The chicken cooks more quickly, and all of the […]

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DAMASK CHERRY PIE

I like to find recipes from former first ladies and post updated versions from time to time, and while there are a few recipes that survive from Martha Washington, there is no recipe for a cherry dessert. If she’d known how the myth of her husband admitting to chopping down a cherry tree to prove his truthfulness and integrity would grow to become a part of American folklore, I’m sure she would have left us her recipe for Tidewater cherry […]

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TOMATOES AND OTHER FRUITS

Here are a couple of easy summer sides that may raise a few eyebrows – but stay with me – these fruits were meant to be together! Tomatoes and peaches, honeydew melon and green tomatoes – these are savory, tangy salads meant to stand up to the big flavors of barbecue and grilled burgers and steaks. They’re a welcome change from sliced tomatoes and melon balls. Make a double batch, because there’s never enough! Tomato and Peach Salad Serves: 4 […]

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FRIED OYSTERS WITH BACON

This is a recipe for the times when you need a snack ‘with a capital K’ – you know, when it’s not close to mealtime but you’ve got a powerful craving for something savory and bursting with flavor – and it can’t be just anything. Fried oysters are a rich treat, and when you add garlic and sage and bacon – well, of course it’s mouthwateringly good. A plate of these thrown down with a fresh round of beers on […]