Winter Recipes

Gumbo with Ham Hock and Shrimp I was lucky to be involved in many projects when I was teaching requiring travel to many areas of the U.S. and what I  enjoyed about each experience was that after a brain draining day of work — often dealing with a three-hour time difference — we’d wander in […]


Pork and Cabbage Soup

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January 15, 2013

Pork and Cabbage Soup When I think back on most years of my life, I am able to remember being sick once every year or two — and when I started teaching — every year.  Sometimes, it went on for more than two months, lingering, wearing me down, leaving me longing for a chest that […]


I think the first time I tried to make an apple dumpling I was about 26, give or take a year. I don’t remember cooking much during that particular time in my life, but what I did cook has stayed with me — for better or worse.  A successful pot of chili verde qualifies as one […]


I love baked apples;  in pies, cobblers, cakes, — you name it, and I love them. But I think apple crisp is my favorite.  I’ll blame it on my brother since he was crazy over it when we were growing up.  And if he knew I was playing around with an old favorite, he’d roll […]


I can't resist pomegranates.  Although I've never owned a tree, I can remember knowing where at least one was growing when I was young — no matter where I lived — and kept an eye on it to see if it mattered to whomever owned it.  If the fruit was left on the ground after […]