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My Culinary Creation: The Cheever Gumbo Po Boy

Every Friday, for sixteen years, short story writer John Cheever and four friends gathered for lunch and conversation at various restaurants around Ossining and Croton, New York, where they lived. Cheever, sometimes called the “Chekhov of the suburbs” or “Ovid … Continue reading

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Ohio Proud: Sherwood Anderson and Bob Evans Sausage

I’d always heard about Sherwood Anderson, but never read anything he’d written until I devised this crazy plan to read 52 American writers, one a week for a year. I ended up reading Anderson’s entire collection of stories, Winesburg, Ohio. … Continue reading

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Matzo Ball Gumbo takes center stage for Kansas playwright

PICTURE THIS: Matzo Ball Gumbo combining the flavors of favorite Southern recipes. Memories of playwright William Inge make me cringe and cry at the same time.  I wept until my eyes swelled when I saw the movie Splendor in the … Continue reading

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Scratch a Cook for a Gumbo Recipe – Sometimes

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Yearling, also wrote a cookbook — Cross Creek Cookery. She doesn’t include a gumbo recipe, but she does drop a few clues as to what gumbo she might enjoy. A native … Continue reading

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Vintage Gumbo for Turn-of-the-Century Writer Ellen Glasgow

Virginia writer Ellen Glasgow is recognized as the first woman writer from the South and for moving Southern literature away from nostalgia and sentimentality.  Her first novel The Descendant was published in 1897 — anonymously. In total she wrote 19 … Continue reading

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Lagniappe, Gumbo & Free Stories of Acadia with Kate Chopin

This week New Orleans publisher Julie Smith sent me a “lagniappe.”  As an email subscriber, I could select seven free short story downloads. That’s when I was convinced short stories are making a literary comeback. Short stories marked their popular … Continue reading

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William Styron, the Marines and Cajun Clam Chowder

I started Memorial Day by reading from William Styron’s collection of Marine Corps stories, The Suicide Run. Though he is best known as the Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie’s Choice, he served our country … Continue reading

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