Today is Valentine's Day. Coming mid-week it makes a romantic rendezvous tougher because it is surrounded by school nights. Don't be discouraged. It doesn't mean you have to lose that loving feeling. It doesn't require a late night candlelight dinner or fancy jewelry as a gift. See how I'm lowering those expectations? You're welcome. For … Continue reading Valentines Day
Today, January 12, is National Marzipan Day. This almond based sweet is one of my favorite flavors in the world. I get the love of this treat from my father, for whom it was also a favorite. I have found that people seem to either love marzipan or hate it. I am happy to take … Continue reading National Marzipan Day
Today is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. If offered a shot at a box of mixed chocolates I will always shoot for the chocolate covered cherry option first. Definitely a pairing made in heaven. Ironically I am just writing about it now but this was a long standing go-to gift that Pamela would always buy … Continue reading National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
I'm not really blue, just thinking back on the holiday. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas yourself American culture tends to sweep everyone into it regardless. I celebrated the day with Pamela's grandchildren and family in Virginia. It is wonderful to see a Christmas morning through the … Continue reading Post-Christmas Blues
Merry Christmas. No wisecracks from me today, no reviews, no recipes, no obscure references. Just wishing you peace, health and happiness for you and your family - whether they are gathered near or far away. Merry Christmas. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes TOMORROW: Post Christmas Blues
Shhh. What are you doing awake at this time? Don't you know it is Christmas Eve? Put the little ones to bed, explain to them what the heck a sugarplum is (and tell me while you are at it) and get those blessed sugarplums dancing in their heads. Sounds a little crazy. When they fall … Continue reading And all through the house…
Sunday, December 24 is National Eggnog Day. Not surprising as it is also Christmas Eve. Fresh eggnog shows up in our grocery stores only between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. I once tried what was purported to be an eggnog recipe from the writings of George Washington. I cannot tell a lie, it was OK. … Continue reading National Eggnog Day
OK, I admit it. I caved and had some Graeter's ice cream delivered for the holidays. Those from Cincinnati know what this means and everyone else should learn. No exaggeration - it is the best ice cream in the world. The process for making it has remained the same since 1870. It is made and … Continue reading Graeter’s for the Holidays!
Today is National Cookie Day. To many this means a chocolate chip cookie celebration. For me it is a celebration of my favorite - Snickerdoodles! I use the recipe I got from my Aunt Priscilla. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In your mixer bowl cream: 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 … Continue reading National Cookie Day!
Today is National Pie Day. A sublime pie crust separates truly great pies from average pies. It must be flakey, not soggy - stand up to the filling but not be tough or chewy. People spend years mastering the technique to create the perfect pie crust. My favorite story of this comes from my ex-wife. … Continue reading National Pie Day
Last week I had a wonderful Thanksgiving, visiting my mom in Central Florida for a sumptuous meal. We had turkey, ham, risotto, deviled eggs, sweet potato casserole, delicious roast vegetables, cheese rolls, lovely dressing and so much more. My mom will live off the left overs and share them with her neighbors for some time … Continue reading Thanksgiving with family and a visit to Naples, Florida
In America we celebrate Thanksgiving Day today with parades, sumptuous dinners and sporting events. I hope that you are getting the Thanksgiving you desire. Usually I go to my favorite steak house in New York to gorge myself in my own quirky manner but today I choose to celebrate more traditionally with my mom in … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving
Technically she wasn't visiting me, she was visiting New York City. I understand that. Before I moved to this town I did the same thing. She rode the bus with a young friend from the Mary Baldwin University Theater Department just to see The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. They were in town less … Continue reading A visit from my niece
Mom lives in a retirement trailer park between Orlando and Ocala. She likes the warm climate and the friendly neighbors. When Irma threatened she said "If it is less than a Category 3, no problem. Been there, done that." Since that was the forecast she declined the chance to evacuate. Thank goodness Irma was worn … Continue reading Mom vs. Irma
The second Friday in September is National Stand Up To Cancer Day. I am a cancer survivor and grateful to be around to talk about it. Cancer is something many people don't want to even whisper about but it has far reaching consequences for many people. Mine was excised, removed, cut out and not returned … Continue reading National Stand Up To Cancer Day
Today is my mother's birthday. I'm not going to tell you how old she is but next year she wants to prepare a special celebration as we both reach landmark years. She lives in Florida but every year or so she visits New York City to see me and Washington DC to see my brother. … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Mom