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 By David Spooner    Food    September 1, 2018 

Southern Cuisine for September

I just read an article where a food writer discovered the Peanut Butter and Mayonnaise Sandwich! This writer must not read my article nor get around much. Even Garden and Gun has featured this...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    August 1, 2018

Southern Cuisine for August

I started writing this article on Friday the 13th. I got stung by a red wasp reaching to shut the dining room door. I reached to grab the door so I could then grab the door knob. I grabbed a red wasp...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    July 1, 2018

Southern Cuisine for July

There are signs everywhere that summer has arrived! Besides the obvious signs of it being too hot and too humid. There are more boats on the Alabama River, the plants in your garden are growing and st...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    June 1, 2018

Southern Cuisine for June

If you are a retired chef, there is a good chance for your birthday you will receive a cookbook. If the gift giver knows that you write an article for the Alabama Gazette called Southern Cuisine, it...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    May 1, 2018

Southern Cuisine for May

Let us pray that May will be kinder to the food industry than it was with April. My wife and I spent an evening checking UPC codes on our egg cartons and trying to find out where our lettuce came...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    April 1, 2018

Southern Cuisine for April

It is time to update your word processor dictionary. Well, at least, time to add some culinary terms. Merriam-Webster has added more than 800 new words to its dictionary and there are many new food...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    March 1, 2018

Southern Cuisine for March

In past Southern Cuisine articles, cooking tips, preparation instructions, food safety, and individual recipes were highlighted. Recipes called for the produce that was usually available for the month...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    February 1, 2018

Southern Cuisine for February

Is there something wrong with this winter’s weather? We had two snowfalls of over three inches each, and days when the temperature never got above freezing, and a few days later three inches of...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    January 1, 2018

Southern Cuisine for January

I can remember not too long ago I started one of my articles with a statement that it was August and I was hot. It is no longer August and I am no longer hot. I am sitting in my kitchen in front of a...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    December 1, 2017

Southern Cuisine for December

Being Southern I read a column in a local paper a couple weeks back titled "What being Southern means to this ol' gal" written by Jaine Treadwell. It is a touching piece and since part of the story...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    November 1, 2017

Southern Cuisine for November

I belong to a social group called "Overseas Brats". The members were dependents of military parents stationed at military bases around the world. As a group, we get together for gatherings and...

 
 By David Spooner    Food    October 1, 2017

Southern Cuisine for October

It came to me while watching the news coverage of residents of Florida preparing for Irma. Of the homeowners that were staying and working to protect their homes from the wind and flooding, few...

 
 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...

 

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