Leftovers 3: Turkey Tagine with Tejotes and Dates

I traveled to Morocco (and Mexico!) for the ingredients for today’s turkey leftovers transformation, a sweet and spicy tagine recipe that incorporates thigh meat, eggplant, dates, nuts, onions, garlic, galangal, pomegranate molasses, warm spices, homemade turkey broth and a brand new-to-me ingredient: the tejote. My brother Alan and I were in the grocery store to…

Leftovers 2: Turkey Tom Kha Gai Recipe

A warm fragrant bath of coconut milk, lemongrass and galangal (ginger’s more interesting cousin) seemed like the perfect place to put leftover turkey cubes and jiggly and rich turkey broth.   I adapted and probably bastardized this recipe from Bon Appetit. with a few modifications. Turkey Leftovers Tom Kha Gai 6 cups of homemade turkey stock 1…

Turkey Nachos, and Thoughts on a Carcass

While many cooks are fixated on bronzing a photogenic holiday turkey, I’m hyper focused on how what we don’t eat is cut up and put away. That’s because I spend the week leading up to Thanksgiving plotting what to do with leftover turkey. Today’s turkey nachos have been buzzing around in my mind for a…

Cubs Fans Still Dig Doug’s at Wrigley as the Hotdog Turns 125

Coming up on four years after he shuttered his “encased meat emporium,” Doug Sohn remains a Chicago treasure. That will come to no surprise to the three hundred people who patiently waited in lines, some as long as five hours, to get one of the final red-basketed sausages at his beloved Avondale institution, Hot Doug’s. Still,…

Travel: Foodie Tour of Hobart Curated by Cally Lyons of Rathmore House

Cally Lyons, who I am lucky to count as my second Tasmanian girlfriend, has a lot in common with Greg Ramsay, owner of Ratho Farm, who ‘hired’ me to come and cook pop-up dinners of American Southern Food at Australia’s oldest golf course in February and March. Beyond being charming, well-spoken, and delightfully cheeky, both of them are…

‘Me Oh My Oh’: Catering Lessons from Heather and Izzy, Jambalaya Edition

Jambalaya is so quintessentially New Orleans that, when menu planning, I considered the rice-sausage-and-seafood casserole to be a no-brainer of a show-stopper main course for our Mardi Gras Dinner. As it turned out, both “no-brainer” and “show-stopper” were painfully apt descriptions, as recounted in this continuation of Part 1 and Part 2 of ‘Catering Lessons from Heather and…

Recipe: Cornbread or Biscuits? Apricot Bread Pudding with Dewar’s Whisky Sauce

I’m going to take a short break from cataloguing the culinary foibles of my pop-up Mardi Gras Dinner at Ratho Farm to write about something that went mostly right that night, the dessert course, Cornbread or Biscuits? Apricot Bread Pudding with Dewar’s Whisky Sauce. The question of whether cornbread or biscuits was more quintessentially Southern came…

Margaux’s French Apple Tart from the Apple Isle

I’ve been struggling with how to restart this blog, which I all but abandoned while I was living is Tasmania in February and March of 2017 at Ratho Farm, an upscale farm-stay and wedding venue sited on Australia’s Oldest Golf Course. I stopped writing, not because I didn’t find the project interesting anymore, but because I got…

Back from a Technology Holiday, A Bad, Bad Blogger Repents

It’s been twelve days since my last post, which is an eternity in bloggertime, and especially in aspiring bloggertime. I know this because for four-plus years I was director of content at a PR firm in Chicago, IntraLink Global, where we urged our clients to post daily, at the very least, and more often if…

Southern Food Road Tour: Susan Spicer and NOLA Edition

New Orleans, LA – In just two and a half hours, Susan Spicer, one of the most celebrated chefs in the South, is going to personally give me a lesson in how to make biscuits at her new, New-Orleans themed restaurant Rosedale. It’s hard to overstate how excited I am about this brand new development….