Category Archives: Holidays

The Least of Things is the Greatest of Things in 2014

Prosperity or  good luck in food?  Traditional Southern fare is often the companion of the new year, and it’s a tradition we’re happy to carry on because of its ease of preparation and its satisfying comfort. Hoppin’ John.  Black-eyed peas … Continue reading

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Extend the Season of Celebration

Made The List and checked it twice.  The client list.  Long ago, I awoke to the fact that the holiday season is just that, a season, so I took myself off the hook for accomplishing everything before Christmas.  Essential Caramel delivery … Continue reading

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The Culinary Ghosts of Christmas Past

Grocery as a holiday art form. It’s delightful to realize that hand-crafted, super-high quality holiday foodstuffs show up in the Portland retail food culture.  So it is with three perennial Christmas food gifts that are offered at New Seasons Market. Little McTavish … Continue reading

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Multnomah Village Christmas Cool

‘Twas one of the nights before Christmas when all through the house, many creatures were stirring… Mostly in the form of shopkeepers doing overtime duty in final preparation for the Season Finale.  This day came to life with a maple puff pastry … Continue reading

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The Palm Court

My very favorite place for celebration in Cincinnati.  The Palm Court at the Netherland. With Zeus overlooking the place, how can it be otherwise?  Enough said.

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The Non-Traditional Christmas

Traditional setting. Non-traditional meal. As in recent years past, once during the holiday season I depart from serving traditional fare.  Thanksgiving is so deeply tied to the tradition of the particular dishes that represented early America that it feels somehow non-negotiable … Continue reading

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What’s in the Bottle?

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