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The holiday cooking horrors we share

Just in time for the holiday season, I finally did it. I made gravy, from scratch. OK, all of you foodies can stop laughing. It was quite the accomplishment. I made sausage gravy to go with biscuits. The bread was frozen but baked at home. I see no need to try to do too much at one time when it comes to cooking.

Thanksgiving tidbits

It’s almost that time. Just one week and we will all be gorging ourselves on turkey, dressing (or stuffing depending on your particular choice here), cranberry sauce and an array other carb-filled dishes.

On the big meal

Just about one week and counting till the big Feast begins and cooks throughout the country are starting to get ready. Well, some are starting to get ready, Others, I suspect, as starting to get nervous. There is a lot of pressure built up around this one meal of the year. Thanksgiving day dinner is to food what a wedding dress is to dresses — the end all, the epitome, the pinnacle. Blow this one dinner, and a year’s worth of good cooking can fly right out the window and earn a cook a seat at the “doesn’t really cook” table. And no cook wants to be at that table.

Inducting the past

The 16-year-old me would have been in hog heaven last night. Monday evening saw four former players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, two of whom were intrinsic to my relationship with the sport in the 1990s.

Go, go Godzilla

In this column, the Herald Democrat has wished a happy birthday to many people from across Texoma and, at times, the country. And today, I’d like to wish a happy birthday to Godzilla, or Gojira as it would be pronounced in Japan. The first film featuring the giant lumbering reptile was released in November of 1954.

Maclura pomifera

So many things are named “Bois D’Arc” around here, I’m constantly amazed. There’s Bois D’Arc streets and lanes and courts and creeks and companies and clubs and everything else, it seems.

The power of positive people

Hello Texoma! I’m back from my brief travels down to the busy world of Houston to see my family. There the weather was perfect, but that had zero affect on the grumpy people that live there. Sunday afternoon I convinced my parents to have our after-church lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory. The only catch with eating at this restaurant, however, was that it exists right next to one of the biggest malls in Houston.

Food fiction becomes reality

It’s officially holiday food season and with it the hassle, work and time involved in preparing said food. However, with science fiction now a reality, it’s going to be a whole lot easier!

What would grandpa have done?

Mine is a coddled generation. A child of the ’80s, I spent the Cold War in diapers. I don’t have the kind of appreciation for World War II, Vietnam and Korea that actual memories could provide. Even the Gulf War for me was experienced as a grade schooler through newspaper clippings.

Contests and Promotions

Porcupine don’t care

I like stories about courageous animals, especially when the stories involve small animals going up against other animals much bigger than them. Earlier this year, I wrote about “ Tara the hero cat ,” a pet cat from California who saved a four-year-old boy from a dog attack.

A little holiday cheer

This time of year the controversy I seem to hear discussed most is when to start decorating for Christmas. I’m a staunch believer of chronological order, and letting things have their fair share of time in the sun. But when it comes to Christmas, well, that jolly old holiday can’t come soon enough for me.

Thanks for the votes

Welcome to Nov. 5 everyone. Yes, the mid-term elections are finally over. Some people are waking up happy as clams on the first day of summer. Others would like to roll over and pretend yesterday never happened. But that is the case the day after every election in this great country of ours. And praise God for it.

Wish Lists wanted

Now that Halloween has come and gone, it is a sure bet that the holiday season is on its way. For many, that means a time of joy and plenty. For others, it means one more season of struggle.

Unclog your sink, man

One of the greatest things about the Internet is how it makes the marketplace for information truly worldwide — almost like a “World Wide Web,” or something. A nice bit of writing can find its way to my little ol’ computer screen in Sherman, even if it was scribbled half-a-world away.

Anticipating the fun

Man this week is going slow. I know that this article will hit the streets on Wednesday, which means the week is more than half over, but getting here has seemed slow to me — like pulling taffy slow.

Lessons in cooking

One of the major tasks I’ve assigned myself since moving out on my own has been to learn how to cook for myself. Most people who know me well give me odd looks when I say this. Prior to joining the staff at the Herald Democrat, I worked in kitchens for over a decade.