The Perfect Recipe for Thanksgiving Leftovers

What to do with all the Thanksgiving leftovers, especially this year of 2020 when most of us had less people around the Thanksgiving table? First, of course, is the requisite turkey sandwich, made with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and, from my childhood, Miracle Whip. It’s basically the only time I ever use Miracle Whip butContinue reading “The Perfect Recipe for Thanksgiving Leftovers”

Pass the Gravy, Hold the COVID

To pumpkin pie or not, that is the question. Every year (lately) I make a pumpkin pie. Every year it has one slice missing from it (me). I may sneak a couple more slices out of it over the next few days, but I’m the only one who eats it. Zeke makes pecan pie. HeContinue reading “Pass the Gravy, Hold the COVID”

Hotel du Pont Cocktail

So Zeke and I were on our Road Trip, heading from Maryland to Delaware. I put in the address of the Bed and Breakfast we were staying at in Wilmington- The Graystone Inn- into Waze. We arrived to a neighborhood, but couldn’t find our B & B. “This looks like residences,” Zeke noted. I agreed,Continue reading “Hotel du Pont Cocktail”

I Need a Little Christmas NOW!

” Jerry. There is a sensitivity thing that some people have. I don’t have it. I don’t cry at movies, I don’t gush over babies and I don’t start celebrating Christmas five months early.” Avery, Jerry McGuire. Avery, from this scene in Jerry McGuire, where Jerry breaks up with her after he loses his biggestContinue reading “I Need a Little Christmas NOW!”

Creamy Chicken and Grits Casserole

Rotisserie Chicken from the grocery store is the Empty Nester’s best friend. It’s easy, cheap and delicious. Publix sells many varieties- Lemon Pepper, Mojo, Barbecue and, last time I bought one, Peruvian style for $7.99. While the chicken is delicious simply reheated and served with sides- like Stovetop stuffing and green beans- after one mealContinue reading “Creamy Chicken and Grits Casserole”

Moving Forward

What a week! Between the looming storm, the undecided Presidential Election and the still-raging Pandemic, it was a real nail-biter (and wine-drinker). So, the night before the election, after a dinner of sautéed bay scallops and pureed cauliflower, Zeke and I sat in the family room, drinking Macon Verze Chardonnay from Trader Joe’s (really goodContinue reading “Moving Forward”

‘Bout Time!

We are officially “Empty Nesters.” When I started dating my husband Zeke, a widower with three little girls, I asked him “Why did you wait so long to have kids?” Emma, Rachel and Lauren were 4, 5 and 8 years old when I met him and he was 41. My kids- Brad, A.J. and ChrisContinue reading “‘Bout Time!”

Orange Crush Cocktail

Finally I get around to writing about this drink, which I feel is entirely apropos this year of 2020 since #1 It has lots of Vitamin C and fresh orange juice (Oranges have been a BIG seller in the Pandemic) #2 It has alcohol (Alcohol has been a BIG seller in the Pandemic) and #3Continue reading “Orange Crush Cocktail”

Be Italian

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey. Mammas and the Pappas I voted early. I’d requested a mail-in ballot but decided it was best to drive it to Pinecrest Gardens, in the pouring rain last Wednesday, and hand-deliver it to a person who put it in the ballot box. They check yourContinue reading “Be Italian”

Ch-Ch-Ch Changes (in the way we shop)

I recently read an article in the New York Times Food section on the “7 Ways the Virus Changed Shopping” written by Kim Severson. I’ll give you the abbreviated version and my comments. She notes in her article that people have moved to more complex cooking, a trend that doesn’t seem to be diminishing afterContinue reading “Ch-Ch-Ch Changes (in the way we shop)”