Proud to be an American. The Lee Greenwood version of “God Bless the USA” is a song that rings my bell of patriotism each and every time I hear it.  When we talk about American food, most of it has roots in other ethnicities however we have Americanized it.

American food is not just the red white and blue jello on July 4th, it is also apple pie and ice cream. It is golden, deep-fried crispy chicken and macaroni and cheese that is baked with a crumby topping. It is a steak grilled or smoked to perfection and ribs that fall off the bone. It is lobsters with drawn butter and a full pot of crab, shrimp, and potatoes that make a seafood boil.

Every culture has its version of comfort food. If you are from the United States, you grew up on this American food and it likely brings you much satisfaction to eat it.  Partly because our sense of smell and taste are deeply rooted in our memories.  Then there is the comfort that familiarity brings, I think this is why kids often like to eat the same things over and over again.

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4 Reasons To Love Your Thighs

No, I don’t mean your legs, lol. We are talking chicken thighs – these tasty little chicken parts get a bad rap in most of America. Maybe we can blame the fried chicken fast food restaurants for making the dark meats a cheaper offering when ordeing a bucket.  Reason #1

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A Dinner in The Meadow

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dine on exquisite cuisine, prepared by expert chefs from your local area, in the middle of a meadow, on a farm, out in the country just as the sun sets? I used to imagine what this magical experience

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The Supper Club

It was my our turn to host The Supper Club. For those who like to cook supper club is way to share all your favorites. Our group at this time was made up of some exceptional cooks. Some of our guests cook professionally so we knew whatever we made had to

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The Pickle Contest

One day a friend of mine and I were enjoying a pint of beer at a local bottle shop.  He offered to share some pickles that his sister-in-law made for him. Of course, I was excited to try them and boy oh boy did that get me thinking I should

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The Southeast Asian Cooking Class

A few months ago, on May 4th, 2018 some very good friends got married. Yes, it was on Star Wars Day, however, there were no Darth Vader or Wookies in attendance. It was, in contrast, a very beautiful and elegant, outdoor affair in a peaceful but grand setting. The music

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Nicole and Jan Cook Asian

  Neither I or Nicole have any ties to the Asian community except through food. We both love sushi, pho, wontons, spring rolls and just about any Asian dish you can think of. We thought it would be fun to use one of our coveted three days visiting together to

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Sunday Is For Football

Once the NFL draft happens in April, the countdown is on in my house. We have to complete any lingering household projects before the start of football preseason.  August through February every Sunday in my house consists of football, more football and food! Being from New England we are all

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The Salsa Contest 2018

  Some of my favorite foodie friends and I decided what a better way to say goodbye to summer than to hold a salsa contest. With, salsa you need some kind of vehicle to hold the salsa and some way to taste it properly. Yes, tortilla chips are a fabulous vehicle

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