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Past articles by Jay:

Potluck: Grill up some new Labor Day traditions

Monday we celebrate Labor Day, a federal holiday honoring the creation of the labor movement and the contributions that American workers have made to the → Read More

Potluck: Peaches make August a sweet-tasting month

Welcome to August, National Peach Month.Here’s something I didn’t know: Peaches originated in China, where they have been cultivated for thousands of years.From China, peaches migrated to ancient Persia and then to Europe. In the 1600s, the Spaniards introduced peaches to North America.The Chinese believe the fruit has mystical attributes and brings luck, abundance and protection.In the United… → Read More

Potluck: Try these cool treats to help beat the summer heat

Except for a rain shower here and there, July has been hot. I don’t expect things to cool down that much in August, either. We need some refreshment. → Read More

Potluck: Soul food was missing from tastes of travels until now

Growing up in San Francisco, I never heard of soul food. Mom generally prepared French, Italian or German dishes. Once I moved to Southern California, I → Read More

Potluck: Here's to fathers and what they like to eat

Let’s go from dogs to dads.Last week’s column featured homemade dog treats. This week’s column, because Sunday is Father’s Day, looks at recipes for our paternal family member.Dads deserve as much attention as man’s best friend.George Washington, our first president (1789-97), is considered “the father of our country.”Oddly enough, Washington did not have children of his own, but he raised the… → Read More

Potluck: These recipes perfect treats for cook's best friend

I may have been barking up the wrong tree. After three years and two dozen kinds of dog food, Bebe the squirrel dog has decided she likes a rather → Read More

Potluck: Creole, Cajun flavors spice up inbox on a weekly basis

I love everything about New Orleans and Louisiana.I love the people, I love the wildlife, and I love our southern neighbor’s distinctive multicultural heritage.I also love the food (My maternal grandmother, Lillian (Lefrere) Nabonne (1892-1969), was born in Madisonville, St. Tammany Parish; she made a mean okra gumbo.) and get downright giddy when I receive recipes every Thursday via email from… → Read More

Potluck: Brush up on grilling with these Memorial Day recipes

Three new barbecue cookbooks have arrived in time for Memorial Day. James Beard Award-winning author and grilling expert Steven Raichlen just released → Read More

Potluck: Give Mom a culinary tour of the world this Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday. It’s always the second Sunday in May. Mother’s Day in America is one of the biggest days of the year for flowers, greeting cards and restaurant dining. But that’s not the case in many other countries. For instance, in Brazil, Mother's Day is celebrated with special children's performances and church gatherings, which often culminate in large, multi-generational barbecues.… → Read More

Potluck: Arrival of May means return of Cinco de Mayo favorites

Saturday we will celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a day set aside to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War. Americans generally observe that historic battle by sipping margaritas while doing damage to a bowl of guacamole. We say we’re honoring Mexico’s culture and heritage, but the truth is, we just love… → Read More

Potluck: Food and Wine cookbook offerings complex, but they include some delights

“Dinner Special: 185 Recipes for a Great Meal Any Night of the Week” by the editors of Food and Wine (Oxmoor House; $20.29 on Amazon) is a 265-page collection of “family-friendly” classic entrees and side dishes from the kitchens of leading chefs and Food and Wine test kitchens.I’m sort of puzzled by the family-friendly claim.It wasn’t until page 80 that I found anything I thought my family… → Read More

Potluck: Try something new with those Easter leftovers

Today is National Cordon Bleu Day.When was the last time you enjoyed some cordon bleu that didn’t come from the frozen food section of the grocery store?Some of you may be asking, “What is cordon bleu?”Well, if you know nothing about the dish, cordon bleu (“blue ribbon” in French) originated in Switzerland, probably in the 1940s, as a schnitzel (meat pounded thin and then fried) filled with… → Read More

Potluck: Rethink classics for Easter, Passover

Two important holidays will be celebrated this weekend.Passover begins Friday and ends April 7, while Easter will be observed Sunday.Food is integral to → Read More

Potluck: Celebrate arrival of first spring fruit, vegetables

Spring has sprung!Just as the groundhog predicted, we are enjoying warmer days and bright sunshine.On the food front, spring means fresh strawberries, → Read More

Potluck: Dishes bring real, imagined taste of Irish

Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day, a time for good friends and great food.St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held March 17, the traditional date of death of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385-461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.While not a legal holiday in the United States, many Irish-Americans and plain-old Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green, attending… → Read More

Potluck: Best Picture nominees inspire cinematic cuisine

I am totally Olympic-ed out. I believe I watched every single event this year.Now it’s time to turn my attention to another obsession — the Oscars.The 90th Academy Awards will be televised Sunday on ABC.I plan to watch, as I have done for the past 50-plus years.I will spend more than three hours holding my breath hoping that my favorite nominees win, and will probably be disappointed a majority… → Read More

Potluck: Celebrate contributions of black chefs with these dishes

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the important role of African Americans in U.S. history and their achievements.Because this is a food → Read More

Potluck: Winter Olympics great excuse for sampling world cuisine

We are a day away from the kick off of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Pyeongchang County is nestled in the Taebaek Mountains, → Read More

Potluck: It's cold out there; time to get your soup on

I can’t be the only one who’s been obsessing over soup during the last few frigid-cold weeks. Besides hot tea, hot cocoa and hot sauce, the other thing I’ve been craving is my mother’s hot milk soup, a concoction of diced potatoes, small rolled Bisquick dumplings and … milk. I like lots of pepper in it, too. I don’t have a recipe. My mother winged it, and so do I. I plan a pot this weekend. I’m… → Read More

Potluck: Reader is in a breakfast state of mind

“Jay, you didn’t run any breakfast casseroles around the holidays,” said a reader recently. Ummm, no. Sorry, but I didn’t even think about breakfast. I was too consumed with main courses and desserts. I’ll remedy that now. Breakfast casseroles are just as good in chilly January as they are during the holidays, and work just as well for brunch or dinner. I’ve spent a lot of money over the years… → Read More