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Foxcroft Ragout with Prunes

Charmed, I was completely charmed by this spiral bound gem of a cookbook. Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Virginia was founded in 1914 by Miss Charlotte Noland and continues to be a private boarding school for girls. The girls ate very well. My neighbor is a 1969 graduate and her firsthand accounts of the delectable meals sent me into a culinary trance. Then wonder of wonders, she loaned me her battered copy of The Foxcroft Cookbook (1969) less spiral bound, more tethered by two rubber bands. I ...

Food to Die For, a cookbook, Broccoli-Bacon Salad

Food to DIE FOR is presently on my list of top three favorite spiral-bound cookbooks. Compiled by Jessica Bemis Ward and sponsored by the Southern Memorial Association, it is an engaging stroll through the Old City Cemetery of Lynchburg, Virginia. The cemetery is a remarkably faceted, beloved treasure of the town. Aside from some dependable recipes, I mean that simple home-cooked “damn, that was good” goodness; the cookbook is peppered with practical funerary tips and traditions. “Dying ...

A Pineapple Post

The pineapple is the fruity symbol of hospitality. Gold-leaf encrusted, wrought in iron, the pinnacle of the Colonial dining table, its once rarity speaks for its glamour. Issuing from the tropics the ‘gator-skinned fruit with sharp and extended leaves embodies the port city hostess, tough while the sea captain is away with a beautiful but guarded demeanor. Arms outreached but particular. Sweet in the flesh and sturdy again at the core. The humid steamy hulls of a freighter were perfect ...

Tomato Bisque

That darn ubiquitous, iconic can of tomato soup. My guess would be that Campbell’s outsells it only by Cream of Mushroom, the mortar that binds American casseroles. Let’s not dwell on that right now, let’s save that particular rant for later. Instead consider the comfort food of a silky, fragrant tomato forward bisque. The tomatoes are broiled to intensify their flavor, the juice reserved for the tomato tartness. A nip of brandy makes this elegant, but you can still crumble Saltines ...

Divine Deviled Eggs

With 44 laying hens at the Funkalow we get creative with eggs, we have to. Deviled eggs aren’t exactly the new craze, but some are above average. Some divine. Fresh eggs are certainly a blessing, until it comes to peeling those just-laid cackleberries. We bring the deviled destined to room temperature for 3 days to make them easier to peel. An egg straight from the hen will stay fresh for weeks. Coming up on a related note: "The Tea Egg". 2 dozen large eggs, makes 48 deviled egg ...

Stuffed Jalapenos

The Super Bowl I have three thoughts on the Super Bowl. 1: I watched it with Roger Staubach’s cousin when the Cowboys played and he was kickin’. 2: It’s nice we have an informal national holiday with more Clydesdales than reindeer. 3: I think it’s really funny how the Roman Numerals are getting out of hand, but it’s a great embedded lesson, IIX =VIII, sorta. Stabilize yourself, I do not own a television. Therefore, you know I am writing this from the bottom of my heart. I will ...

Tuscan Inspired White Bean Soup

Beans often times get a bad rap. It is so wrong, therefore, I want to put things straight starting with this recipe. Am I on a bean crusade? You won't find this in a can, not this intense fragrance and flavor. Cooking the whole head of garlic in the pot gives it the buttery nuance of baked garlic while sauteing a little more garlic in olive oil with the herbs lends nuttiness and releases herb oils. If you are a real garlic-head you can double up on the garlic used, I do. Can be served as a ...

Weather or Not

  I have a few fellow snow-flakes in this world. We send messages back and forth with the promise of “heavy at times” precipitation being perhaps the most thrilling phrase in meteorology. My buddy Boodles texted me inquiring rightfully, what is with the milk and bread BS? “What should an experienced palate stock their pantry with in the imminence of a blizzard?” I put the question out there in the gleefully sinking barometric spectrum of the Internet and began scribbling ...

Blackberry Borscht

Friends, let's tangle apron strings! On Thursday,  February 11, 2016 Victoria Godfrey (speaking for myself) will be offering another Soup Workshop at Pharsalia http://pharsaliaevents.com in Nelson County, Virginia. The main kitchen of this remarkable plantation, dating back to 1814, is truly the place to be on a frosty winter day. The big oven roasting, pots bubbling on the stove and the fireplace crackling, well, it doesn't get much cozier. When you look out the windows and see DePriest ...