Recipes

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 December 12, 2013

I am taking an online course from Harvard called Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science. Not for the faint of heart, it is actually a physics/chemistry class applied to cooking. But, some of the best and most innovative chefs in the world are part of it. For example Adrian Ferran, the father […]

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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 October 22, 2013

We just got back from Edisto Island, South Carolina, a place we often go. It is quiet and beautiful, not Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head, both of which suck beyond imagination and I feel sorry for anyone who spends their money at either. This was one of the most laid back vacations I’ve ever had […]

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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 30, 2012

We did a traditional English Christmas dinner this year. There weren’t a lot of people, so we went with a simple menu: Standing rib roast, four bones, wonderfully handled by brother-in-law Hugh Yorkshire pudding that I made Roasted root vegetables that I did English peas with butter that I did, very simple Lovely jus done […]

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Virgil on December 21, 2012

I love yogurt, plain yogurt, not the sickly sweet kinds with fruit or flavored. I love a little tang and the purity of freshly made yogurt and the Greek yogurt in the grocery store can be very nice tasting, although you have to be careful to avoid milk from cows that have been given growth […]

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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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Virgil on December 4, 2012

I made this the other night and it was incredible. I will make this one again. Pan-Seared Salmon with Shiitake Cream Sauce 4 salmon steaks, skin on 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (not canola because all US and Canadian canola oil is from genetically engineered rape seed, unless you get organic) 3 tablespoons salted butter 1/3 […]

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