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World Famous Lucille’s – Tavern Artistry

The formula is time tested. As Englishman Samuel Johnson noted man of letters said, “There is nothing which has been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.” Investors are seeing downtown Columbia, Tennessee as a mecca for producing happiness and the reopening of Lucille’s on South Main is the most recent addition …

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The Snowy Day and Mama Toast

  A solid 19 inches of snowfall and treks to and from Chicago are halted. I am snowed into a Chicago fairyland – an enchanted zone where my granddaughter Elodie is available to expand on the first selection in her cooking repertoire. “It’s a mama sandwich,” she says with a laugh that erupts in a girlie giggle and slides into …

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A Road Illuminated | Mama’s Prune Cake

There is a Tennessee route between Lewis and Maury Counties which encompasses a portal to the Natchez Trace. For my family of origin, this gateway was significant – a launch for new beginnings. Now it is a memory touchstone with all that is achingly familiar. The road is a beauty. Even today with the starkness of highway improvements, the seasonal …

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Winter Wonder: CSA Farmer Edwin Dysinger

By Roben Mounger for Local Table Magazine E dwin Dysinger, Head Winter CSA Farmer at Bountiful Blessings Farm, is a tranquil man, his words measured, his manner courtly. No doubt, such a presence evolves from personal glimpses of creation. He has always felt the pull to improve the lot of others, and his family is unified in that mission. His …

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Pansit Canton

Like all wonderful cooks, Thelma gives vague instructions, dwelling on the ingredients which she insists should be changed to reflect the season.  You know what your people like, amounts can reflect their favorites. Garlic and Onions, chopped Snow Peas OR Green Beans Carrots, sliced Celery, sliced Cabbage, sliced Fish Sauce, to your taste 1/2 pound Shrimp, cooked and peeled 2 …

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Thelma’s Birthday Saturnalia

I understand that “birthday saturnalia” is not one of those roll off the tongue sentiments that we pull out in celebration. Still …. saturnalia is a worthy noun and I would like to circulate it. Saturnalia means feast. In this case, it is a perfect moniker for a phenom of a dish. The benefactor in this story grew up in …