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 By David Spooner    Food    August 1, 2017 

Southern Cuisine for August

The windows are rattling, the thunder is booming in the background, and the rain is as thick as fog right across the street. Any minute now and it will cross the street. It just did and I wish it had...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    July 1, 2017

SOUTHERN CUISINE

When I am doing research for this column or doing any web browsing, I have to pay close attention to what my original search topic was and keep notes of side items I find that I wish to go back to...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    June 1, 2017

Southern Cuisine

Did you know that the third largest household expense is for Food? I think the two largest are housing and transportation. I cannot help you with where you live and how you get about, but I have...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    May 1, 2017

Southern Cuisine for May

You are ready to try a new dish. You went to the market and bought the freshest items you could find, and they were from a local farm. You get home and open the cookbook and the instructions are as co...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    April 1, 2017

SOUTHERN CUISINE

To decide on the subject for my column, I do a great deal of research. I search through cooking websites, magazines, recipes I developed or modified from my chef days, recipes that were given to me,...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    March 1, 2017

Southern Cuisine

I just got back from a trip to Texas after seeing friends, relatives, and seeing how the places where I use to live and hung-out have changed. My friends and relatives have grown older but they have...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    February 1, 2017

Southern Cuisine

I was doing my usual “surfing the net”, thumbing through old recipes, thinking of a restaurant I want visit, and watching cooking shows, trying to think of a topic for this month’s article. It...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    January 1, 2017

Southern Cuisine

Even when I thought winter would never come, I did wish that it would come gently into the night. As I write this, I was wondering what happened to the gentle part. I wake up one morning and it is...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    December 1, 2016

Southern Cuisine

If you mark out every passing day on your calendar, you will notice there is not much left to mark out. The year 2016 is coming to a close and what a year this has been. In the culinary world, Sous...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    November 1, 2016

THANKSGIVING!

I believe that Thanksgiving is one of the last bastions of family traditions in this country. A celebration when the different generations of a family gather for a meal that has been part of the...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    October 1, 2016

Escape the Summer Heat

I just returned from one of my "Escape the Summer Heat Tours." This time the escape was to Iowa. Even though it is further north than Alabama, they can have hot and humid summers but at least this...

 

Southern Cuisine

I packed my lunch for work this morning. It would be the usual mix of leftovers from a dinner my wife and I had earlier in the week or something my wife and I made to have for lunch for the week. My l...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    August 1, 2016

Southern Cuisine

I downloaded a brochure from the luxury RV manufacturer, NEWMAR, titled "50 Plates in 50 States." A listing of their favorite regional dishes. I was curious just what dishes they picked from Southern...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    July 1, 2016

HOW HOT IT IS!

I am sitting in the kitchen, looking outside and wondering how hot is. It doesn’t make any difference. I know it’s hot. My phone says its 97 and feels like 101. It is time to water my garden. I...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    June 1, 2016

" ALL OUR FOOD IS SEASONED. CUZ WE'RE IN THE SOUTH AND WE LIKE IT THAT WAY."

Sign in a restaurant. I don't know where except I bet below the Mason Dixon Line. It reads, “ ALL OUR FOOD IS SEASONED. CUZ WE'RE IN THE SOUTH AND WE LIKE IT THAT WAY.” I admit that I'm a hot...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    May 1, 2016

MAKE AMERICA GRATE AGAIN

No, I did not misspell great, I meant grate. I saw that sign below another sign that said “Ban Pre-shredded Cheese.” This is as far as I am going to comment on the political season we are now in....

 
 By David Spooner    Food    April 1, 2016

The election is over (for now) so let's eat, drink and be merry, as long as it's Southern.

I like the month of April. It is a great month to celebrate FOOD. April is National BLT Sandwich Month, National Grilled Cheese Month and National Garlic Month. The week of April 12th to the 18th is...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    March 1, 2016

Southern Cooking Traditions

I was reading about Southern cooking traditions, the standards that define a Southern kitchen and a Southern cook and realized that the knowledge on how to fix these staples, these meals, these time...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    February 1, 2016

Valentine's Day Dinner

We made it through the Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, with the stuffing, dressings, casseroles and too many sweets. We ate until we were going to burst and then we ate the leftovers. We spent...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    January 1, 2016

Southern Cuisine

The word of the day is Compendium. The definition of compendium is; a collection of detailed information about a particular subject. The particular subject here is Southern Cuisine and cooking in...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    December 1, 2015

Cooking for the Holidays

We made it half-way through two of the biggest holiday meals. Thanksgiving is the holiday when the meal is the showcase and the time to show off your skills to the family and friends that are gathered...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    November 1, 2015

It is the cooking season!

October and Halloween are over and everyone has had their fill of Candy Corn, Jell-O Shooters, Mummy Hot Dogs, Skull Cheese Balls, "Boo"nana Pops, and Green Slimed Popcorn. Now is the time for some se...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    October 1, 2015

FOOD CELEBRATIONS

I missed International Bacon Day, which is observed on the Saturday before Labor Day. I don’t remember what I was doing that day, but since it was a Saturday, I was probably eating bacon anyway....

 

Southern Cuisine

It was August and I was hot, so I decided to do something about it. I couldn’t change the humidity, the temperature or the dew point here in Alabama, so I decided to change my location. I wanted to...

 

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