Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Meal No. 1617: Pork Medallions with Ginger-Shiitake-Soy Sauce

The Sunday night crew of six were called to supper just after 8:30 pm and served up a heaping plate of pork medallions, homemade red-skin mashed potatoes, and traditional green bean casserole. The ginger-shiitake-soy cream sauce was silky and spot-on and made a nice coating for most of what went on my plate.

Recipe based on "Pan-Seared Tuna with Ginger-Shiitake Cream Sauce," from The Bon Appétit Cookbook by Barbara Fairchild, 2006, p. 398-399.

"Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole," from Campbell's Kitchen. Recipe available online.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lemon Velvet Cake

With a big crew at the house last Saturday for supper and a sleepover, I wanted to have a dessert that could accommodate a crowd. That led me to a new recipe for Lemon Velvet Cake.

Geez Louise with a diamond-encrusted wand of magical glory: this cake was stunning...delicious, rich, flavorful, and overwhelming. We were all pretty happy with how it turned out.

"Lemon Velvet Cake," from Barry C. Parsons of

Monday, August 22, 2016

Meal No. 1616: Baked Spaghetti for Slumber Party Night

On Saturday night, it was another slumber party at the Roediger House, with a crew of eight here for the dinner, dessert, and late-night shenanigans. For dinner, I reached back in the archives to a recipe that came to me through my dear friend Stick Coulson: baked spaghetti. This was a regular dish for meals with my family, either at home in Buies Creek or when we went to the beach in the summer.

I'm not sure any of this crew had had this; it has made limited appearances on the RoHo menu (twice in 2012 and twice in 2014). It was a mighty good dinner that night, though. And wait till you find out tomorrow what was served up for dessert...that blew us all away, I think. Stay tuned!

Update [11:41 a.m.]: The back bar beer cooler in the third floor man cave has been acting up and, in the last couple of weeks, has ceased to provide much cooling. For the slumber party night, I had to revert back to an ice-packed cooler to make sure cold beers were available. This morning, though, a technician from Quality Refrigeration Concepts has been here to get it up and running properly again. He's already replaced the fan motor but now we've got to figure out why it tends to freeze up so regularly.

"Baked Spaghetti," by Margaret Coalson via Stick Coulson, 13 July 1997.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Meal No. 1615: Skinny Fried Chicken with Milk Gravy

A Facebook post on Friday from my friend and fellow UNC Tar Heel alum David Venable was a perfectly-timed inspiration: pounded chicken breasts coated in spices and crinkly crumbs and baked in the oven. He calls it Skinny Fried Chicken, but that does not in any way suggest diet or healthy eating, really! It was fantastic with the Tupelo Honey Cafe's milk gravy on top, and their smashed sweet potatoes on the side.

"Skinny Fried Chicken," by David Venable of In the Kitchen with David on

"Smashed Sweet Potatoes" (p. 128) and "Milk Gravy" (p. 10). In Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes from Asheville's New South Kitchen, by Elizabeth Sims with Chef Brian Sonoskus. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, 2011.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

DoubleTree-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

Since I was with a really nice group of teachers at an elementary school in Winston-Salem this past week, I figured I'd take in a batch of cookies, and the recipe I reached for was the DoubleTree-inspired chocolate chip cookies.

"Doubletree Hotel's Chocolate Chip Cookies," by Ayşegül Sanford and her blog, Foolproof Living. Published December 29, 2013.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Lemon Chess Pies - Again!

When I discovered a few days ago that the recipe in my personal recipe collection that purported to be President Clinton's "Favorite Lemon Chess Pie" did not match up to what was published in his Presidential Center Cookbook, I figured I'd better give the official version a try. Which actually meant I needed to make two pies, but I doubt that's going to result in any complaints around here.

Now that the taste test has been completed, the crew and I agree we like the previous version. I found this one to be too custardy--too eggy. But now I know!

"Lemon Chess Pie," credited to Shirley Sagawa. In The Clinton Presidential Center Cookbook: A Collection of Recipes from Family and Friends. The William J. Clinton Presidential Center, 2003, p. 204.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Meal No. 1614: Lamb on Naan Pizza

The Sunday night meal for a fine foursome of fantastic folks was a second go at lamb and feta naan pizza. While feta was not the cheese of choice for everyone, most of the plates got quite bare by meal's end.

"Za'Atar Naan Pizzas," by Cindy Jones, Owner of the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC.

Additional Inspiration from "Flatbread Naan White Pizza," by Leslie Green, The Hungry Housewife. Published 03 October 2011.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Meal No. 1613: Bacon and Hoecakes Breakfast

I had a hankering to make breakfast this past Sunday morning and I also wanted to try out another recipe for hoecakes. The bacon was much better than the hoecakes, though.

"Susie's Mama's Hoecakes," by Susie Baxter [Suwanee County, FL]. From "Hoecakes So Good They Might Make You a Southerner," by Felicia Lee in Salon. [01 September 2010]

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Meal No. 1612: Shrimp and Goat Cheese Grits with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Once again, the Roediger House got to enjoy a visit from down-the-street neighbors Deborah and Alaina this past Saturday night. On the supper table, it was the Tupelo Honey Cafe's version of shrimp and grits with a delightful roasted red pepper sauce. Goat cheese and basil bulked up the already-delicious creamy southern grits, and it all came together nicely with some steamed asparagus. The ladies brought a marvelous lemon mousse pie to help finish it all out.

"Shrimp and Goat Cheese Grits with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce," in Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes from Asheville's New South Kitchen, by Elizabeth Sims with Chef Brian Sonoskus. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (2011), p. 100-101, 179.

Guidance for making the creamy grits: Luquire Family Stone Ground Grits, milled in Greenwood, SC.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Meal No. 1611: Friday Night Tahlequah Tacos

It was a long and full week of all teaching, all the time, and I was happy to settle into a simple dinner on Friday night. Around here, we call these Tahlequah tacos, and they hit the spot.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

President Clinton's Favorite Lemon Chess Pie

After the end of Bill Clinton's presidency, I came across a recipe that purported to be Mr. Clinton's favorite for lemon chess pie. It was all part of the fundraising efforts for the Clinton Presidential Library, if memory serves. I did my part and was rewarded with a cookbook of recipes collected from Clinton associates, staffers, and family members....but a couple of nights ago I realized that the recipe I'd always used did not match the one published in the Clinton Library cookbook. Now I'm not sure where I got mine from...maybe a newspaper article at around that time?

Anyway: the recipe I've been using all these years has certainly been great, and I used it to make dessert this past Thursday night and it made happiness settle in multiple stomachs.

"Lemon Chess Pie," originally thought to be President Clinton's favorite version, but apparently it's not quite the same.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Meal No. 1610: Kung Pao Chicken

Thursday night's dinner for three was the house favorite wok stir fry: kung pao chicken. It's always a flavorful delight.

"Kung Pao [Chicken]" (p. 80) with Szechwan Marinade (p. 28) and Spicy Peanut Stir-Fry Sauce (p. 27). In Wok Fast, by Hugh Carpenter and Teri Sandison. Ten Speed Press (Berkeley/Toronto), 2002.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Meal No. 1609: Biscuits & Gravy

On Wednesday night, with hot country sausage nearing its expiration date, I figured it might be a good time for a batch of biscuits and sausage gravy.  It's hard to beat, y'know?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Meal No. 1608: Smoked Pork Loin

Another new recipe found its way onto the Roediger House table for Tuesday night's dinner for four: smoked pork loin with cauliflower gratin and early garden peas. It was hella yummy.

Too bad I was grilling when there was a storm warning and an areal flood warning.

"Smoked Pork Loin," by Steve Dunn. In Cook's Illustrated, Number One Hundred Forty-Two (September & October 2016), p. 4-5.

"Cauliflower Gratin," by Julia Collin. In Cook's Illustrated, Number Fifty-Five (March & April 2002), p. 18-19.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Double Chocolate Liqueur Ice Cream

Oh my: dessert on Monday night was a second making of the deeply flavorful and intensely chocolatey Double Chocolate Liqueur Ice Cream that I first made last fall. Good heavens, this stuff is remarkable.

"Double Chocolate Liqueur Ice Cream," by Kita Roberts. From her Pass the Sushi blog.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Meal No. 1607: Not So Cajun Chicken

One of the most special and favorite dishes of the Roediger House is Not So Cajun Chicken, and I like to make sure I prepare it every once in a while just because it's good and just because I should. Amy had had it before, but I bet it had been a long time. Gern was pretty sure that this was his first go at it, and I think he approved. I'll be happy to have a bit of it for my leftover lunchbreak later today.

"Not So Cajun Chicken," a dish I regularly enjoyed at Crowley's Old Time Favorites restaurant and bar on Medlin Drive in Raleigh, NC. Credit to Jimmy Randolph for helping track it down. (Another version of the recipe can be found here.)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Meal No. 1606: Braised Beef Short Ribs

The Sunday night meal for three of us was another chance to pilot some Pioneer Woman recipes. This time, it was short ribs braised in wine served over creamy polenta with goat cheese. Some broccoli florets were tasty on the side.

"Braised Short Ribs," from Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. Published 16 November 2009.

"Creamy Polenta with Goat Cheese," from Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. Published 17 November 2009.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

Thanks to fellow doc student Tami Wyatt in 2000, during our days at the University of Virginia, I am the proud possessor of a great recipe for old-fashioned buttermilk pie. I've not made this in years and years, but it made its appearance as dessert on Saturday night. All those years that have passed since I last made it must've disoriented me a bit: I thought it was supposed to be two regular pies, when I think instead it should have been one deep-dish-crusted pie. It tasted good, but it was thin and a bit overcooked!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Meal No. 1605: Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon with Pepper-Honey Glaze

It was a delightful turn of events tonight when my sister Allison and her son Eli were able to stop back in Winston for the night, on their journey home from a week on the North Carolina coast. The timing was perfect, because Eli could get one more pulled pork sandwich from Bib's Downtown, just up the street, and Allison could partake of the evening's planked salmon with a pepper-honey glaze. Also on the menu: roasted asparagus and coconut rice.

"Pepper-Honey Cedar Plank Salmon," by JMcCurtain on

Ideas and Guidance on Parmesan-Garlic Roasted Asparagus from:

Coconut Rice Guidance from:
  • "Coconut Rice," from Andy Ricker of Pok Pok. Published in Bon Appétit, January 2012.
  • "Sweet Coconut Rice," from Melucy and found online at

Friday, August 5, 2016

Meal No. 1604: Texas Thick-Cut Grilled & Smoked Pork Chops

The Friday night dinner at the Roediger House, with six around the table, was a second go at Texas thick-cut smoked pork chops, with a tangy homemade barbecue sauce and roasted red potato wedges. Also, the meal included the rare yet occasional appearance of traditional green bean casserole.

"Texas Thick-Cut Smoked Pork Chops," by Ashley Moore. In Cook's Country, June/July 2016, p. 4-5.

"Campbell's Classic Green Bean Casserole," from Campbell's Kitchen. Recipe available online.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The New Neighbor's Pups

There's a new neighbor in the upstairs apartment right next door at 308 N. Spring Street, which is supposedly the house that the Roediger Family lived in while they were building this fine home. He's got two dogs and, earlier in the spring when he went up the street for a while, they were pretty adorable on the upstairs porch pining for his return.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Meal No. 1601: Shrimp Po'Boys

It was a hot summer Sunday night at the Roediger House and I still managed to make the kitchen hotter with a grand deep fry endeavor. Tonight it was shrimp po'boys and hushpuppies for the four of us, and we did our darnedest to scarf it all down.

"Shrimp Po'Boy," in Bon Appétit, June 2011, p. 118-119.

"Cajun Remoulade Sauce," by Remoulader. Found online at

"Southern Style Hush Puppies," by Elaine Bovender. Posted on JustAPinch Recipes.

Partial help for making easy coleslaw from "Nana's Southern Coleslaw," from Kristina on

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sweet (and Sour) Sixteen Hundred

Since the completion of the kitchen addition to the Roediger House in 2009, I have now made 1,600 meals in this great space. Not all different meals, of course, but a total of one-thousand six-hundred breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. You're ever so glad they're all documented right here (except, as of this writing, a handful of the first dozen), aren't you?

For this milestone of sorts, I tried for the second time a recipe that came to me this summer: sweet and sour chicken. It was not as bready as the previous occasion, but it sure was delicious. I like the result, even though the process is a bit involved and messy.

"Sweet-and-Sour Chicken," by Diane Unger. In Cook's Country, June/July 2016, p. 19.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Meal No. 1599: Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Thighs

It is that great time of the summer when I get to enjoy a couple of days with my sister and nephew as they travel from Indiana down to the beaches of North Carolina for the coming week. Eli and I have played many fierce games of pool, and the crew of us also braved the dreadful heat and humidity to venture out to Bib's for lunch and over to Mast General Store for the barrels of old-fashioned candy. Along the way, Eli was happy to progress in Pokemon Go, while he was at it.

Last night's late supper was baked Moroccan-spiced chicken thighs. Since Eli likes corn, I made more but this time turned it into Southern creamed corn, and that seemed to go over well. Also, to please all palates (including mine!), I enjoyed putting together another batch of the potluck macaroni and cheese, even though it had just been on the menu earlier in the week. Don't believe there were any complaints!

"Southern Creamed Corn," by Patrick and Gina Neely of the Food Network.

"Best Potluck Macaroni and Cheese," by Cali Rich and published in Cook's Country, April/May 2007, p. 11.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Meal No. 1598: Grilled Pork Kebabs

Finally, stormy summer weather came through Winston-Salem last night, cooling things down a bit and giving us some much-needed rain. I was so glad for the precipitation that I did not fret about having to step outside to grill the Wednesday evening dinner of pork kebabs. It made sense to bring back out the rest of the homemade barbecue sauce from the previous evening's dinner, and homemade mashed potatoes and buttered corn rounded out the plate.

"Grilled Pork Kebabs with Barbecue Glaze," an online extra from Cook's Illustrated and based on "The Best Way to Grill Pork Tenderloin," Issue No. 134, May & June 2015, p. 6.

"Virginia Pruitt's Perfect Barbecue Sauce," by Fred Thompson of Grillin' with Gas. Recipe found on

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Meal No. 1597: Grilled Beef Short Ribs

The heatwave of late July is continuing, and this has curtailed many outdoor adventures and made staying indoors an enticing option. But I ventured out last night in order to grill a rare item here at the Roediger House: beef short ribs.

Oh, they were delicious! And they were made all the better by a simple homemade barbecue sauce. Then, too, it didn't hurt to have a super-cheesy casserole of macaroni and cheese and hot buttered early peas to go with it all.

Cooking Guidance from "Boneless Beef Short Ribs," from Rusty of the blog.

"Southern Succor Pork Rub." In Smoke & Spice, by Cheryl and Bill Jamison. Boston: The Harvard Common Press (2003), p. 27.

"Virginia Pruitt's Perfect Barbecue Sauce," by Fred Thompson of Grillin' with Gas. Recipe found on

"Best Potluck Macaroni and Cheese," by Cali Rich and published in Cook's Country, April/May 2007, p. 11.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Meal No. 1596: New Year's Day Meatballs

The Monday night meal for six at the Roediger House was a specially requested menu, which I was happy to fulfill: New Year's Day meatballs, company mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Our plates were filled and quickly emptied, and some returned to the buffet for a second go at the goodness there.

Over the years, as friendships have developed and flourished in this happy homestead, evenings like last night remind me how fortunate I really am.

And hey: I have to give credit to my sister Allison, as the source of all the recipes used for this dinner.

"New Year's Day Meatballs," from Carol Fultz and shared with me by my sister Allison Jones Holden of Rossville, IN (2001).

"Company Mashed Potatoes," a Jones family favorite.

"Layered Green Bean Casserole," shared with me by my sister Allison Jones Holden of Rossville, IN (December 2001).