Category Archives: cooking

Mama’s Butterscotch Pie

The main reason I decided to take up cooking for myself  – many years ago – was purely selfish: I wanted to taste again all the wonderful foods that Mama had been so good at producing, and, given that she … Continue reading

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Recipe: Green Bean Casserole Made Fresh (No Cans!)

I agreed during the summer to publish this recipe, but what with life and such, I never actually did. I was reminded of it when I heard someone yesterday on the radio talking about what they were having for Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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For Bastille Day: Vichyssoise Redux

Around the year 2000, we invited our wonderful longtime Fire Island neighbors, Guy Musquere and Daniel Meyer – along with eight of their Parisian guests – to join us for a Bastille Day dinner, and since I wanted to honor … Continue reading

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Recipe: The Elusive Magic Cobbler

I’m not sure when I first heard tell of it. Probably listening in on the womenfolks’ conversation while sitting on a folding chair in the back of the Century Methodist Church at a Wednesday night fellowship dinner (while scarfing down … Continue reading

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Remembering Mama, and Margaret Sandlin’s Cherry Dessert

The first day of September is rich with meaning for so many people in so many ways. For students of every age, from Pre-K (something that hadn’t even been invented in my day) right on through doctoral studies, it marks … Continue reading

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Recipe: Cheese Grits Soufflé

Cheese Grits Soufflé. I guess it really is true that you can take the man out of ‘Bama but you can’t take ‘Bama out of the man. When you cook a big dinner for 10 hungry beachcombers every weekend, some … Continue reading

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Recipe: Allen Geesey’s Sausage and Leek Soup

A couple of weeks ago, when the predictions were dire for a “historic” winter storm in New York City, one of the local news commentators made a tour through a local grocery store and showed pictures of the empty shelves … Continue reading

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