Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading

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COOKIE RAMA-RAMA’S ILPILI FRITTERS

My old friend, the Aboriginal elder, Nosepeg Tjupurrula, tasted his first corn fritter when he was in his 70s, during a journey that took us to the remote and long-deserted base camp of the legendary 1930 Lasseter expedition. A group … Continue reading

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THE ILLUSTRIOUS MILE-HIGH PIE

Once upon a time there was a restaurant in Marshalltown, Iowa, that became legendary for its Lemon Chiffon Pie. So famous was this pie that it was heralded coast-to-coast one evening on Groucho Marx’s network television show, YOU BET YOUR … Continue reading

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HOOKERS, BATWINGS, PIGS’ FEET & HAIR TONIC

You know you’re in post-modernist territory when the raw and naked energies of the old Southern juke joint tradition becomes the subject of an art installation, and  the African American experience of the 1950s and 60s was the juke joint, … Continue reading

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SARAH’S KITCHEN

Sarah’s Kitchen (KrosstownBlues) in Mississippi, was and is rightly hailed as a beacon of Clarksdale’s blues scene and culture. Here’s a place where you can kick back and listen to some of the meanest delta blues you’re ever likely to … Continue reading

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CRANBERRY GLAZED ROAST CHICKEN

Special equipment: Potato masher Ingredients serves Serves 4 , active time 30 minutes, total time 30 minutes 4 whole chicken legs (about 2 1/2 pounds) 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 shallots, minced … Continue reading

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FAULKNER’S LOOKIN’ AT YOU, KID

Faulkner’s favorite drink is often listed as the julep, which is probably correct: his house in Oxford still displays his beloved metal julep cup. But his old standby was the toddy, which he describes “compounding … with ritualistic care.” It … Continue reading

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