Friday, September 29, 2006


The wife and I just completed an 8 day, planes, boats, buses, and trains (lots of trains) tour of New England. As they say there, we were "leaf peepas!"

This wonderful bacon wrapped, fried, and broiled scallop and rice dish from Legal Sea Food on Park Square in Boston was terrific. Had we not had the lobster at Cape Cod, on the last night of the trip (soon to be posted), this would have clearly been the stand out dish!

Read more about the "leaf peeper" trip at Mushy's Moochings!

Saturday, September 09, 2006


It was football time again in Tennessee and we invited my daughter and son-in-law over for pre-game tailgate feast!

The main dish was butterflied pork chops. I began by letting them sit for about an hour with a light coating of olive oil, pork chop seasoning, and minced garlic.

During this time my wife prepared her famous potato salad and baked beans. She also unrolled some canned rolls and allowed them to warm and rise.

I decided to grill the chops on medium heat. I black peppered each chop on each side before placing them on the grill. I did not salt the chops until the side had been against the heat for about 15 minutes. I then turned them and salted the browned side. Each side was against the flame for a total of 25 minutes. The meat was tender, juicy, and done through.

I served the plate with the butterfly chop in the middle of the plate, potato salad on one side, and baked beans on the other. On one wing of the chop I placed a tablespoon of Harry & David’s Sweet Mango Chutney, and on the other a tablespoon of Harry & David’s Apple and Vidalia Onion Relish.

It is hard to say which I enjoyed the most. Suffice it to say, either is a good choice to sweeten up your pork!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


My wife and I took my mom to Applewood Farms today so she could make Thanksgiving reservations for her, her brother, and sister-in-law. If you’re not on the books, you don’t get in on Thanksgiving! Most any other time you can walk right in!

The bargaining chip she used to lure me away from the computer was homemade fried apple pies and ice cream – it worked. There are members of our family that drive from Florence, AL all the way to Pigeon Forge, TN (home of Dollywood!) just for Applewood pie and ice cream. While it was delicious, I’m not sure I’d drive that far just for a taste.

I had the fried chicken livers (When you’re going to eat pie and ice cream, you might as well eat something fried too!), sawmill gravy, macaroni and cheese, and coleslaw. The meal comes with biscuits, apple-fritters sprinkled in powder sugar, and great tea.

I am getting a bit lazy about cooking myself lately, but thought you might enjoy seeing the meal anyway.

The Applewood grounds are quite beautiful, surrounded by apple orchards, and a mountain stream. We spent some time walking off the meal in their craft and candy shops.
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