Doc Lawrence

Richard’s Gumbo

Despite the heat of Dog Day’s, football season is just around the corner and with that comes the joyous feast called Tailgating. Gumbo is arguably the most popular Tailgating dish and I persuaded Richard Lewis, a genuine son of the South (born in Gulfport, Mississippi and LSU alum) to share his recipe and technique for …

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The Undisputed Queen of Southern Sandwiches

Deep South delicacies are closely tied to tradition and soil. Tomatoes stand almost alone as the most heralded miracle from our gardens.  Thomas Jefferson is credited as America’s first pioneer of the tomato, bringing seeds over from England for Monticello’s revolutionary gardens. Tomatoes vary in appearance and taste. Industrialized supermarket tomatoes are tasteless travesties that …

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America’s Feast

Some things are truly American. Our music-gospel, blues, country, bluegrass, rock, jazz-changed the cultural landscape. Food, American-style, is a multi-cultural, ever-evolving melting pot that welcomes new recipes while honoring tradition. It’s summertime, and outdoor celebrations dot the landscape. Few compare to Independence Day. July 4 is not only the nation’s birthday, but an occasion when …

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Sips Along The Way – Summer Refreshments

Few pleasures are more rewarding than a flavorful cocktail or chilled light wine on a summer evening. The popularity never wanes. Ever-evolving, some become a little trendy which is healthy and normal. There are time-honored rituals that add to the enjoyment. Home entertaining, whether a casual dinner or a big barbeque, merit a bit of …

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The Gourmet Highway: The Elegant American Wine Dinner

Over the years I attended three events that qualified as genuine wine dinners. One was a celebration of Julia Child’s 90th birthday at the Arizona Biltmore. Another was dinner with Masters of Wine at Arnaud’s in New Orleans and the other was a Bordeaux dinner at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. None were advertised …

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