That time of year again. Magic time! As we wait for the old fat man with a white beard (no, I am not referring to me) to arrive, many youths wish to send a direct request to the jolly fellow themselves. While the young'uns wish to text, Santa is much too busy overseeing his slave … Continue reading Have your child write a letter to Santa!
Today is National Scrapple Day. Scrapple came to be when butchering communities sold off the valuable cuts of an animal and used the remaining parts with a filler like flour and cornmeal and added spices. After letting the mixture solidify, they sliced it and fried it to create a nutritious and filling and delicious meal. … Continue reading National Scrapple Day – for me that means Goetta!
Quick catch up on several topics: Today is the first day of fall and the weather in New York City is cooperating with a turn to the cool. Love it. Heard from the friends and relatives I know that were in the path of Florence and all seem fine but flooding has really taken a … Continue reading Catching Up – Seasons, Storms and Stones
I love my adopted city of New York and am a regular reader of the New York Times. An article there recently reminded me how sentimental I am about my home city of Cincinnati. Two year old Brody Allen of Colerain Township, a Cincinnati suburb, was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer … Continue reading Merry Christmas, Brody
While the instigating reason for my trip south on my Can-Am Spyder was to celebrate my mom's birthday, I took advantage of the trip to visit friends and family along the way. In Chapel Hill, NC I stopped to see my cousin Myra and her husband John. They were the consummate hosts and it was … Continue reading Friends and Family along the Trail
When mom decided she was going to throw a pig roast to celebrate her birthday, all three of her kids decided to join her. When I told her I would ryde down on my Can-Am Spyder she requested that I bring an extra helmet to allow her to take a ride on my motorcycle. She … Continue reading My Motorcycle Mama
Important note for all vegans, vegetarians and those of a similar mind. Please leave this blog post immediately. Come back tomorrow for fun stuff but you will really hate this and I don't want to upset you. Please. Also for all you young people or sheltered people or people who do not know and do … Continue reading My mom’s pig roast celebration
When I was a child living in Ohio we would sometimes vacation in Florida to visit grandparents, DisneyWorld, the beach and sometimes all three. The trip was always down Interstate 75 and I loved to watch the scenery roll by as we had no tablets or electronic devices to hold our attention. Not because I … Continue reading Childhood memories of the Plantation House
As I noted recently, I am riding my Can-Am Spyder down to Florida to celebrate my mother's birthday (which is actually today) - a very special one - but I will not mention the exact multiple decade number. She is celebrating this weekend by preparing a pig roast. Can't wait. One characteristic of my mother … Continue reading Happy Birthday to my Mom!
My mom is having a very special birthday and I am taking my Can-Am Spyder to Florida to celebrate with her and family. She is hosting a pig roast in celebration and promises it will not be me thrown in the oven. During this week I will be heading down the east coast and stopping … Continue reading A Ryde to a Roast
Today is National Watermelon Day and it is quite fitting that it occurs in the height of the summer heat. Ready to go and so refreshing. I am not that partial to watermelon, preferring stone fruits in general, but it is a favorite for Pamela. She just discovered that Graeter's has a Watermelon Sorbet flavor … Continue reading National Watermelon Day
Now your moment of Zen. Back in August 29 of 2017 I posted my recipe for making Basil Pesto. You can go back to find it (or just type pesto into the search bar). I made this minute long video to show you how it is made. Two notes, I have increased the amount of … Continue reading The making of the Basil Pesto
Today is National Cheesecake Day and lips are being licked all around the nation. While standardly based on cream cheese and graham cracker crust, any number of variations have been invented. Pamela has changed her loyalty from Juniors to Gallaghers here in New York City (as you saw in yesterday's NYC Restaurant Week Review, I … Continue reading National Cheesecake Day
Today is National Chili Dog Day, or if you are from Cincinnati - National Cheese Coney Day. Take a humble hot dog on a bun, add mustard, Cincinnati Chili, onions (optional) and mound it high with finely shredded mild cheddar cheese. Recently at the One Mile House Bar on Delancey Street here in New York … Continue reading National Chili Dog Day – or as I know it – Pass Me Another Cheese Coney
Today is National Corn on the Cob Day, the way God intended you to eat it, not creamed or mixed in succotash. One of my favorite memories is our family visits to the Ohio State Fair when I was young. Demolition Derby is a really cool concept when your age is in single digits. I … Continue reading National Corn on the Cob Day
Have you tried Graeter's Ice Cream? Founded in Cincinnati in 1870 they still make ice cream by hand 2 1/2 gallons at a time in a French Pot. What is that? You gotta see it: https://www.graeters.com/french-pot-process-ice-cream They have amazing regular flavors and tempting seasonal flavors (we just tried their Rocky Road, not available again until … Continue reading Gotta Get Graeter’s
It is a very special National Day today - Happy Birthday, Pamela! As always you can find more on http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes TOMORROW: another classic script revived and reviewed
Today is National Cheese Fondue Day and I am supposing that pretty much everyone here knows what fondue is. But when I was growing up in the sixties and seventies it was exotic and very special. My parents had an electric fondue kit and when it was on the dinner table it was a special … Continue reading National Cheese Fondue Day
Today is Opening Day of the Baseball Season. For fans like me it represents the most hopeful day of the year. The Cincinnati Reds have the opportunity to go all the way this morning, not having been tested in the real 162 day cauldron. It could happen. Never mind that we haven't won a World … Continue reading OPENING DAY!
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…