Chorizo Sage Mac and Cheese Baked in a Pumpkin

Chorizo Mac & Cheese Baked in a Pumpkin

The turducken is a modern abomination. Food should not be sewn inside other food like an edible chimera. It is, in fact, a form of engastration, which is a recipe method in which one animal is stuffed inside the gastric passage of another. Stuff your turkey all day long in its natural cavity, the way God intended. Stuff… 

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How to Make Spiedies

How to Make Spiedies

I told Malcolm that I once went to a spiedie festival and was therefore the resident expert to write a little intro to this recipe. But now as I sit here typing, reclined on my bed, I cannot recall a single detail of such an event, which leads me to believe I was lying. Spiedies… 

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes

It strikes me as a desperate and last minute, the marketing of myriad packaged pumpkin products. It’s been a common complaint in the atmosphere this year; the glut of boxed and bottled items on the shelves of our grocery stores. Of course pumpkin flavor is really that of warm spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice. Real,… 

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Spinach Bacon Artichoke Dip

Spinach Bacon Artichoke Dip

A notice would go home for make-up picture day sometime in late September. It was sent before picture day itself had even been mentioned or occurred. This piece of paper, like all dittos, would get crumpled up and bunched down into my backpack. As the dreaded day drew near I would become worried. What if… 

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Eggplant Veggie Burgers with Swiss Cheese and Shallot Jam

Eggplant Veggie Burgers

I like veggie burgers. I am not a vegetarian. I like meat and cheese and hot dogs. I know cheese is not a meat. What I really like is steak. And super delicious burgers. Flame broiled burgers, squishy sacks of roadside burgers, juicy and decadent double down burgers. Lamb burgers! I am good with all the burgers…. 

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Hazelnut Brownies with Espresso Mascarpone Cream

Hazelnut Brownies with Espresso Mascarpone Cream

There’s a quiet, leafy corner of New Haven where time stands still. Walk through a wrought iron gate into another world, down Wooster Street and back into a twentieth century America of Italian immigrants and working class families. My family often went there to visit our city cousins to share a few apizzas at Sally’s or Pepe’s, rival parlors… 

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Thai Coconut Curry Corn Soup

Thai Coconut Curry Corn Soup

I could go on about the perfection of fall for another forty years, and probably I will. Fall makes you feel. Eliot is of course right about spring, specifically April, mixing memory with desire. September, conversely, combines longing with nostalgia. It’s the same sort of sensations only deeply different. All things seem possible, hopeful in the autumn…. 

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