Phyllis’s Cheese Corn Bread

Mike and Phyllis were friends of ours when we lived in western Kentucky. Mike was a fellow teacher in the English Department at Murray State University. Besides introducing freshmen and sophomore students to great literature and trying to teach them to write grammatically correct sentences with meaning, Mike also was a talented musician. We had…
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Beer Cheese Soup

In The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra Antony’s lieutenant Enobarbus explains that Antony’s marriage to Octavia will fail. Antony has already tasted the charms of Cleopatra: “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety. Other women cloy The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry Where most she satisfies….” With apologies to Shakespeare,…
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Swiss Vegetable Medley

The recipe for Swiss Vegetable Medley in Mom’s recipe box is written in pencil on a recipe card probably given to her by a friend, since it is the only card with that particular floral decoration in the box. Later she added an emphatic “Try This” in ink, which caught my eye. My guess is…
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Corn And Cheese Chowder

Chowders are basically thickened soups. They are similar to stews but often are thickened with cream, biscuits or crackers. This recipe uses cream and flour to thicken the broth, but the addition of corn and cheese puts it definitely in the chowder category. Jerri found the original recipe about eight years ago on the web.…
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The Turk’s Cheese Börek

When Marge Gogian died on February 26, 2013, seventy-nine years of history died with her. The daughter of George, “The Turk,” and Isabelle, “Ma,” Gogian, Marge kept serving guests at The Turk’s Inn until shortly before her death. Her mother and father would have been proud of her. The last time Jerri and I had…
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