Babe Blue Oxtail Stew

“Nose to tail” eating has carried a stigma throughout the ages and around the globe.   During the Antebellum period of the United States, leftover animal parts were used to feed slaves on plantations.  As a result, dishes comprised of offal (organ meat) and cheap cuts of meat became associated with African-American culture and Southern…

Peter’s Oyster Shooter

My husband:  “What’s Russian about it?” My response:  “Everything!” That was the conversation that took place, when I told my husband that an oyster shooter was my idea of a Russian themed dish.  Let me explain… I was looking for something Russian to pair with “Peter and the Wolf”.   For those who aren’t familiar with the tale, “Peter and…

Mouse Family Fondue

In 1875, fondue was presented as a Swiss national dish.  Fondue brings to mind the imagery of rustic mountain life.  Whereas in reality, fondue was a town-dwellers dish, because peasants couldn’t afford an expensive cheese like Gruyere.  In the United States, fondue achieved popularity in the 1960’s and 1970’s when many American families would gather around a…

Little Red Hen’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

Tailgating is one of my favorite activities during football season.  There’s always a bunch of team hype, trash talking, and good food.  Buffalo chicken dip is a nice dish you can make ahead of time and bring to a tailgate party.  You can serve it hot or cold.  Fans of buffalo wings will LOVE buffalo…

Brer Rabbit’s Gullah Gumbo

Chew on this:  What would Brer Rabbit eat?  He would opt for a Southern regional dish, in my opinion.  Something full of flavor and heritage – like gumbo.  In case you’re not familiar with Brer Rabbit, he is a central figure of the Uncle Remus stories set in the Southern United States.  Brer Rabbit is a trickster who succeeds by his…