ESSAY #100! (A Trucking Tale)
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This is Danny's writing table.
Creative nonfiction, fiction, dinner recipes, and general good advice from the grumpy old man himself.
Lacking a better idea, I’m using essay #100 as an excuse to dust off and share an old trucking diary of a week-long cross-country road trip.
Prime Rib for TWO?
Back in December we “de-mystified” Prime Rib just in time for Christmas. Here’s a miniature version for a casual, quickly-prepared feast.
BASIC CHILI, REVISITED
I followed my own advice and tweaked my Minimalist Chili for some proper road food. The result was fabulous and definitely worth sharing.
A TRIO OF WINTER SOUPS
A soup for your long-forgotten inner child, another for the amazing person you’ve become,and a third for your wiser, more regal future self.
THE YEAR OF THE PIG, CONTINUED-- A HACK FOR PORK CHOPS
My In-Laws have a favorite restaurant. Their pork chops are utterly delicious, and the Chef-Owner is infuriatingly coy about the recipe.
A HACK FOR ROAST CHICKEN
I used to dread roasting whole chicken because I just couldn’t quite get it right. But this HYBRID method is pretty darn close to foolproof.
A MARDI GRAS DINNER PARTY
2023’s Mardi Gras falls on February 21st this year and lends itself to a surprisingly easy Dinner Party menu. Yes, you can do this!
THE JOY OF KALE
An oxymoron, I know, because I hate kale… and yet I figured out a way to make it delicious.
THE JOYS OF WINTER STILLNESS (And Sweaters & Hot Chocolate)
Once you layer yourself with enough wool to make peace with the cold, January can be a beautiful, restorative, and soul-enriching month.
NOW BRING US SOME FIGGY PUDDING!
Classic Figgy Pudding is made way ahead of time, includes beef suet, and is traditionally set afire as it is served. Time for an update?
THANKSGIVING, Part Three– Cranberries, Wines, & Desserts
We’ve covered Thanksgiving Dinner past and present. Here are just a few more little details.
THANKSGIVING, Part Two
“Because that’s the way we’ve always done it!” is not, in itself, an especially good reason for always doing something a certain way.
SMOKED TROUT & HORSERADISH SPREAD
Want to impress someone important? Serve this scrumptious nibble with Champagne before dinner and act like it’s no big deal.
PIGSKINS! Presented by Redneck Ridge BBQ
Footballs were NEVER actually made from pig leather, but the name became stuck to America’s favorite game. We’re stealing it for a recipe.
SOUTHERN PULLED PORK (WITH A SACRILEGIOUS YANKEE HACK)
Many inventions occur near the intersection of Accidental Avenue and Necessity Street… exactly where I found my own way to make pulled pork.
Cutesy names, whether for boats (i.e., “Pier Pressure”) or recipes (“The Big Chili”), are often annoying. And yet sometimes they’re dead-on.
A Hack For Hash Browns - Item #1 From the JUNCTION HOLLOW DINER
For a dish with only two ingredients, Classic Hash Browns is really hard to make. I took this as a challenge, and I found a useful hack.
CHEF ASTOR'S AUTUMN MENU, PART THREE
The twist-rich third and final installment of DannyM.’s tale about Chef Astor and his 1971 Autumn Dinner Menu at the Cayuga Lounge.
They Call This "The Best Homemade Ketchup"
The ketchup recipe that is so good even people who don't like ketchup can't get enough.
FIVE EASY PIECES
Take the time to master these culinary “Five Easy Pieces,” and you’ll be well on your way to becoming an accomplished kitchen maestro.
Here we have a quintessential “Danny’s Table” dish– a tricky yet worthwhile update of something simple; hard to make, yet worth the effort.
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