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Thanksgiving Meal 2011 or I’m Back!!!!!

Hello All! It has been entirely too long since I have been able to post, I am sorry. In the past few months loads have been happening in my personal and professional life. Professionally, I was contracted to write a book about youth ministry. It was an absolute joy to write and should be on Amazon in January. I blame the book for my lack of posting on here. I wanted to spend all of my creative juices making sure it was both what I wanted it to be as well as finished by the deadline given by my publisher. I am very excited! Personally WE ARE PREGNANT!!! This is a complete surprise as we had planned our little lives around a 4 person family. We are so excited and cannot wait to find out if it is a Nora Grace or Henry Finn. We will find out on December 1 and the little one is due April 23!!!! So needless to say there are loads of exciting things happening around the Vulcans Table house! Now onto the food…

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The Passing of a Living Institution in the ‘ham

About three weeks ago we had our first glimpse of Spring. It just happened to come on a beautiful Saturday and the family and I knew what we had to do.  We loaded up to car and headed downtown to Pete’s Famous Hot Dogs, a Birmingham institution since 1948.  Pete’s is essentially a closet downtown where the best hot dogs in the city are made!  Pete’s proprietor Constantine, who goes by Gus (try to figure that one out), is just as recognizable as the Famous sign that marks this staple.  Remember the soup nazi from Seinfield?  Well Gus is Birmingham’s hot dog nazi.  Let me pause and make sure that you know this is no cut on Gus, it is as much a part of the DNA of this place as the sign or the tile floor, it is a necessary part of the Pete’s experience.

That is Gus hunched over the grill in the bottom right corner

So I walk in, nervous, not wanting to screw up the order, not talk too much, not make eye contact, but not look sheepish.  Purposeful and humble, my plan is to rattle out my order, the one I had practiced about 10 times, no joke, smile and pay for my food.  Good plan right?  Nope. Continue reading


Spaghetti alla Carbonara

I have had the wonderful pleasure of traveling to Rome several times in recent years. It is an amazing city, full of history, amazing art and great food.  Italy is known for it’s incredible food, but Rome itself is often overlooked for its relatively few native dishes.  Unlike it’s neighbors to the north, Tuscany, and to the south, Naples, Rome is not as defined for its original cuisine.  There are however a few dishes that are completely Roman that I have fallen in love with; one of those dishes is Spaghetti alla Carbonara.  My wife and I were eating in a small bistro near the Forum when we first tasted this delicious dish. Continue reading

Birmingham Benedict

Bobby Flay says that brunch is his favorite meal of the day because of the many things you can do with it.  I totally agree!!!  Brunch is so versatile!  You can use sweet, savory, fruit, veggies, meat, pastry, you name it and I bet there is a brunch recipe that will include it!  So once again, it is Saturday morning and I want to mix it up a little.  I love Eggs Benedict.  It is an awesome combination of bread, meat, eggs, a creamy sauce and usually some veggies.  I have had some spectacular variations of this brunch mainstay, but never have I had it the way I made it this morning.  So without further ado I give you my very own Birmingham Benedict!!! Continue reading


When in Rome: Nashville Edition

Nashville is a great city to visit!  It is easy to get around, traffic is no where near as bad as other large cities and there are loads of great eats all around the city.  My list below has one caveat, it is primarily centered around the Vanderbilt campus.  I did venture to a highly recommended restaurant called City House and was really excited about the food, but alas the bloody place was closed on Tuesday– who the heck closes on Tuesdays!!!! I will visit it the next time I am in the city, just not on a Tuesday.  So below are my primarily Vandy centered eateries.  I hope you enjoy! Continue reading


Best Ribs in the ‘ham

Dreamland BBQ is a long standing tradition among many outstanding BBQ institutions in the great state of Alabama.  Dreamland can be found in several locations around the state, including in downtown Birmingham.  Dreamland ribs get the Vulcan’s Table Award for Best Ribs in the City.  I have had a long love affair with these southern delicacies, so simple in presentation (served with only a few slices of bread for “soppin'” up the left over sauce) yet so complex in flavor and texture. Continue reading


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