Showing posts from February, 2012
Papa Vaughan, Apples, Applesauce, and  Apple Bread
It's funny how certain things bring back great childhood memories.  Every year going to get apples in North Georgia bring thoughts of my Papa and Mima Vaughan.  As you read this little story my hope is that it also brings happy memories for you.
My Papa was what people today call a 'Renaissance Man'.  There wasn't anything he could not do (and didn't even finish elementary school); a master gardener, fisherman, master carpenter, plumber, and a barber.
But, as a small child I remember one special thing Papa could do and I thought it was magic.  He could take an apple and peel it without breaking the peel.  He would grab an apple, pull out his pocket knife (which he always carried).  Sitting in a lawn chair with a garden bucket between his feet he would peel the apple going round and round until at the end the whole peeling would fall into the garden bucket (today we call it compost).  I can't remember a time when he…
A Garden of my Own

This is every foodies dream - to have a garden of ones very own.  While I do have an herb garden and raised beds for my vegetables, I have found it is not easy to grow ones own food.  I do have a reasonable amount of success with herbs, but alas, my vegetables are touch and go.  Yet, I continue to try for that perfect crop of tomatoes for canning or beans to lay-away in the freezer for winter.  I continue to dream and plant.

Recently I was able to visit a dream garden in the beautiful Napa Valley.  It is a garden that provides the food for the famous restaurant of renowned Chef Thomas Keller, the French Laundry.  His restaurant delivers the perfect earth to table cuisine that you could ever experience.  Imagine a 9-course tasting menu with ingredients that have been freshly picked that morning, farmstead butter from a small creamery in Vermont, and cheeses from a dairy that is exclusively for your restaurant.

I know the main reason for this blog is to provide food …
Happy February

I have been away from my food blogging for a few weeks.  During this away time I have been quite busy.  I have seen my youngest son graduate from boot camp and he is now officially a Marine. 

I have graduated from college; we celebrated Christmas and New Years; and I have been on several trips - Oklahoma (visiting my oldest son, my daughter-in-law, and my grandson) and to West Palm Beach to visit my son Matthew and attend the Ferrari Car Show.

Now, it's time to get back to workI have been photographing, cooking, and writing.  So, 
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