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Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:01 am
 Athens: A ham-and-bean supper will be held at Athens United Methodist Church on Friday, September 13… Decades later, it still makes me laugh. I was in third or fourth grade at what was th...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:01 am
 It happens every January. After the indulgence of the holidays, I crave lighter meals. But when January’s frigid temperatures, bone-chilling winds, freezing rain, sleet and snow hit I equally ...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:06 am
 I’ve long been ambivalent about New Year’s Eve celebrations. My parents and grandparents always threw a party, but it was far from a drunken debacle. To the best of my knowledge, alcohol was...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 12:01 am

Muslim sweets for holiday treats

 “I know Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas, but…” I said. “Actually, we do,” replied Ali Nizamuddin. Of course. I’d forgotten that Islam teaches that Jews, Christians and Muslims ar...
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:01 am
 It’s a big deal for any wine from anywhere in the world to get a 90-point rating from respected wine publications or organizations. For a central Illinois wine to receive a 90-point rating is ...
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 12:01 am
 Desserts that include infusions of alcohol have been traditional for centuries. Perhaps because historically, celebrations were rare occasions for bountiful food, especially sweets and strong dr...
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 12:01 am
 For my money, there’s no better way to entertain during the holidays than fondue – even if you’re just entertaining your spouse and/or children. Fondue is not only delicious; it’s also a...
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:01 am
 This is the third column in four weeks that I’ll have written about the food and people of Southern Louisiana. The first two were in response to culinary news: the passing of Paul Prudhomme, w...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:01 am
 For most of my life, my family’s Thanksgiving menu was set in stone. With the exception of cranberries, much, if not all, of it came from our own garden/farm: potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, l...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:01 am
Last week I wrote about Paul Prudhomme, the chef who first brought Cajun cooking to America’s forefront. Below are three of my most favorite Prudhomme recipes.This is what Prudhomme made at Chicago�...


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