How to make mayonnaise from scratch - and stories It's been a long time since I first wrote this post, but it still gets people wandering by every day to read it, so I'm putting it on top of the pile again. My first summer in Waxahachie was in 1962. I took the plane trip alone, and that by itself was enough to … [Read more...] about Memories – Making Mayonnaise From Scratch
General Food Writing Archive
More general food writing from your hosts about their lives, growing up, what food means to them, etc. Brace yourself for trips down memory lane from a variety of authors, some silly, some sentimental.
A quick note. This story has nothing to do with food, but as always I memorialize the important things in my life on these pages. You will enjoy this story most if you have ever loved and lost an animal. When Russ was found in a forest in Utah, he had mange and was covered with ticks and fleas. At the age of … [Read more...] about This is Russ’s chair – a Dog Story
I grew up in a family that was not sophisticated about food. We were not sophisticated about many things ... the red Nash Rambler with Bible verses painted on both sides, our clothing from neighborhood rummage sales, our house on the north end of town ... and our food. I trace our relationship to food to my … [Read more...] about Remembering Food …
Updated 7/17 I'm indulging myself in the beginning of this review by taking a walk down memory lane. Click here if you'd like to jump to review section. When I was growing up, I spent many summers on a big cattle ranch just down the road from the booming metropolis of Maypearl Texas, population less than 300. We had … [Read more...] about Review: Podnah’s Pit Barbecue
This contest has now closed, but you'll enjoy reading the food writing in the comment section below. Over the history of the site, we've had several food writing contests. They have been so successful, I’ve lined up some great prizes, and we’ll do it again. The winner will receive: A $25 gift certificate to … [Read more...] about The 2011 Food Writing Contest!
Every few years we hold a food writing contest. These are the results from 2010. Thank you to everyone who entered! I really enjoyed reading your memories. First Prize - by Super Dave In the fall 1997 I had planned on throwing a big party to celebrate the five-year remission of my cancer. It was a chance to thank … [Read more...] about The Winners of Our 2010 Food Writing Contest!
Long before I moved to Portland, I was known for my sangria recipe. I suspected that I was invited to many parties because they knew I would bring a batch. One year my friend Patrick invited me to his birthday party in Healdsburg, California. It was going to be outdoors, looked like it was going to be a hot day, and I … [Read more...] about How to Make Sangria
In which you hear about the time I nearly died because of a ham sandwich. It was a perfect ham sandwich that brought me to the brink of an untimely death. Somehow, that all seems appropriate for me. I suppose I’d better tell you the rest of the story. It was a fine summer day in 2005, when I jumped into the car and … [Read more...] about Of an Untimely Death, and a Ham Sandwich