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Gumbo for F. Scott Fitzgerald — anything but listless

Don’t worry about popular opinion, dolls, the past, the future or growing up —  those were just a few of the items on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s list for his daughter Scottie. Image F. Scott Fitzgerald with his daughter Scottie in … Continue reading

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On the Road: Gumbo for American Writer Jack Kerouac

I was on the road and couldn’t make it to the Jack Kerouac exhibit in Austin, Texas, in the summer of 2008.  A month earlier, I had seen the show advertised with a lengthy, winding banner stretching along a stone … 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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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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“Oh, Henry, I’ll Have Another . . . Bowl of Gumbo”

Barbecue, not gumbo, rules in Texas and North Carolina. The two states also share another famous signature – that of American writer William Sidney Porter. Known to most by his pseudonym  O. Henry, the author of The Gift of the … Continue reading

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Please Pass the Potato Salad, Mr. Wolfe

Young boys don’t miss a thing when it comes to food. They carefully watch each platter or bowl as it passes around the dinner table, just waiting for it to reach them. So I don’t discount the observation skills of … Continue reading

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