Category Archives: THANKSGIVING

CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES

Although he was not the first European to discover Fiji (Abel Tasman was in 1642), Captain James Cook is literally and figuratively credited as the first to put the archipelago on the world’s radar (such as the radar was in 1774). Therefore I thought it super symbolic to begin my exploration of Fiji on a […]

ROAST TURKEY AND BUTTERMILK PIE

Stephen Flowers, chef for the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, says that he has two secrets to pulling off a made-from-scratch Thanksgiving feast day after day: the easy way he roasts turkey and his recipe for Southern buttermilk pie.

BACON CORNBREAD MUFFINS

Just about the best corn muffin recipe in my collection comes from Sea Island Resorts, a genteel and posh vacationing outpost located on a private island off Southeast Georgia’s Atlantic coast. Sea Island has a habit of winning the hospitality industry’s top awards, racking up five stars for luxurious accommodations, world-famous golf and wonderful Southern-accented […]

DINNER PARTY & CAULIFLOWER SALAD

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LEMON CHESS PIE

Today is National Pie Day. Schools should be out, banks should be closed and mail delivery stopped, but I’m afraid that all the attention this holiday is going to get will come from dedicated cooks baking pies. That being the case let me tell you about a knockout pie worthy of the holiday. The recipe […]

HARVEST VEGETABLE SOUP

this soup is so versatile it perfectly fits into a variety of dining situations. With a little tweaking, it can be vegetarian, super low calorie or even fat free. Serve it cold at picnics or barbecues or hot at family fall and winter dinners. The soup is even suitable for dressed up events—

DANNY MEYER’S BACON ROAST TURKEY

Once upon a time, Danny Meyer gave me his favorite recipe for turkey. This was after the iconic restaurateur opened Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern, two of New York City’s most beloved restaurants, but before he opened Eleven Madison Park, Tabla, Blue Smoke, Shake Shack and The Modern, the decidedly luscious dining room in […]

EASY AS PIE

This has to be the pie that inspired the phrase “easy as pie.” All you do is measure and mix five ingredients, pour into a pie shell and bake. What more can I say ?  Oh, yes, it’s wonderful! EASY AS PIE PIE (a.k.a. SAWDUST PIE) 8 egg whites 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans 1-1/2 cups […]

FAMILY FAVORITE PUMPKIN BREAD

Have been making Pumpkin bread for years—always in the fall and winter. The bread is a must for my Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas brunch (the latter served with a whipped honey-enhanced cream cheese). I give the bread as little bread and butter presents, as well as serve it to friends who drop in for coffee. […]

FAT CANARY FALL SALAD

Tom Power Jr., has made quite a name for himself as chef of Fat Canary, a family run restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia. But despite winning a slew of prestigious awards and generous accolades from diners who must make reservations far in advance, Power remains downright modest. Of his food, which has been described as “sophisticated,” […]