Food For Thought

Food for thought-

Food, and the gathering together of family and friends to indulge, celebrate, and enjoy its flavors, is an essential source of sustenance and life beyond the kitchen and dining table.

Consider the role food plays in our all things house that make a home life.

Over the prepping, preparing, plating and partaking of a meal we connect with family and friends, build and strengthen personal and business relationships, indulge in the art of expression and discovery, and create delicious and lasting memories.

Food for thought.


“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

 Virginia Woolf



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 “New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.”

– Mark Twain

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J. Kenji López-Alt, author of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, debunks five common Southern cooking myths over on the Garden & Gun blog Daily Shot.

Click on the link below for details.

Five Southern Cooking Myths Debunked


Just a little food for thought.

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For Your Dining Pleasure: Dinner Party Ideas And A Course in Bob Ryan 101

With May, June, and July graduations, weddings, and festivities comes the celebratory ritual of culinary and social interaction and entertaining, the dinner party.  Bob Ryan is a larger than life fictional character from the HBO series Entourage.  Portrayed by the late Martin Landau,  Bob Ryan is a lovely idea of a man.

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He is well spoken in the language of ramble, but what he has to say is about the art of dining is worth a listen.  Bob will have no part of stressful topics being discussed before, during, or after dining.   Ambiance is key in the art and aid of proper digestion, a priority high on his list of dinner party ideas.

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Bob Ryan reasons that proper digestion is an important part of the dining experience.  Fictional or real, the wise old owl has got a point.   What if I was to tell you a rich cup of  Louisiana coffee or tea, fine wine, accent lighting and great music is Bob Ryan 101 at Casa Places In The Home.  In the immortal words of Bob Ryan, “Is that something you might be interested in?”

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From menu to music to the personalities of the diners, you’ve got to put some thought into it.  Much like the perfect wine pairing, getting it right enhances the flavor of the event.  I don’t believe it is terminal if the music or the wine selection doesn’t perfectly fit with a course, but it can feel like there’s been a death when we are paired with bad dinner guests.  There is an art to accomplishing that particular pairing- a social sommelier, if you will.  In case of social emergency, make sure the wine is flowing and hope the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.


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If the quickest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, music is the shortest route to their soul.   A casual meal goes well with the greatest hits of whatever decade you have the fondest memories from.   A romantic meal naturally slows down the pace of life, speeds up the pace of the heart, and goes well with a smooth groove.  Music makes the mood, and no respectable formal dinner party is complete without the music.


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There’s a lot to be said for the advice offered up from a fictional character in a cable series.  Palatable peace existing in perfect harmony in the name of digestion is at the top of my dinner party ideas list.

And yes, Bob, that is something I am very interested in.

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