Quick But Good

Virgil on January 10, 2014

This is my mother’s recipe and one that was always super popular in our house growing up or as adults when visiting. Sometimes my dad made the sausage. This is the ultimate “white gravy on biscuits” gravy, but we just as often had it over toast. You can buy my mother’s recipe book, by the […]

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Virgil on November 18, 2013

Nostalgia can make you crave foods you ate as a child. I wrote recently about my mother’s canned corned beef hash and eggs, a super easy and decidedly non-gourmet meal that I remember fondly and hadn’t had in years. When I made it, it was still good. Read Momma’s corned beef hash and eggs. My […]

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Virgil on September 25, 2013

All of you looking for a gourmet meal, run away now. This is a quick and easy meal that tastes great, but is certainly not gourmet. This one is from my childhood and I have never made it nor had it in years. My mother was an excellent cook and could make the most wonderful […]

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Virgil on March 28, 2013

I haven’t made lasagna in a long time and this is the simplest and best lasagna I’ve ever made. I couldn’t get enough. For eighteen months, the only lasagna I was exposed to was the frozen crap (ala Stouffers, but worse) at military mess halls in Iraq and Afghanistan. I rarely had it.But, what I […]

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Virgil on December 6, 2012

These sweet potato French fries are super easy to make and unbelievably good. Divine sweet potato French fries 2 or 3 sweet potatoes olive oil salt pepper garlic powder, unsalted (optional) onion powder, unsalted (optional) paprika Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch slices. Leave the slices as […]

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I posted this a year ago, but it bears repeating. These things never last no matter how many I make. This year I am home to make them. At least two of the major food groups are represented here, blue cheese and bacon. These are soooo easy to make and taste so good. No matter […]

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Virgil on November 17, 2012

I decided to buy a whole rabbit from a farm participating in Augusta Locally Grown. The last time I bought and cooked a rabbit was around 1976 when my friend Dennis and I bought a live one that was butchered on the spot at the Italian Market in Philadelphia. Now, Hassenpfeffer is an old dish […]

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Virgil on October 7, 2012

Well, I finally leave Iraq shortly and we had my going away party last night. Normally, our cookouts are pretty much meat only affairs, maybe some chips. One thing people always love and you can make from items appropriated from the mess hall is deviled eggs. This is an ad hoc recipe, I had no […]

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Virgil on August 16, 2012

I ran across a little tidbit today that is too good not to pass along. Kind of like the “apple a day keeps the doctor away,” here we have “a handful of walnuts a day keeps the fertility doctor away.” At least that is what some recent research published in the journal, Biology in Reproduction’s […]

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Virgil on June 23, 2012

Yep, salad dressings with fat are better than the no-fat versions touted as so essential for good health. Once again, I am vindicated for my choices in what I eat. A recent study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, a peer reviewed journal, found that no-fat and low-fat dressings are not able to extract […]

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