Thanksgiving Veggie Dishes on Food Porn Friday

Food Porn Friday, Vegetables, Thanksgiving Food, Thanksgiving Side Dishes, Thanksgiving Day, Food

A plant-based vegan recipe so packed with intense fall flavors that everyone will want a slice on their Holiday dinner plate. [Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

It simply blows my mind that Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. Typically households around the country will serve their meat of choice, turkey, duck, chicken, fish, ham or turducken. Yet, those side dishes are the staple for every meal, whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or meat eater.

To start off, we found this beautiful presentation for Vegetables Wellington from the food lab at Serious Eats. This recipe: Serves 8 to 10 | ACTIVE TIME: 4 hours | TOTAL TIME: 5 hours. Click here for step by step instructions and ingredients for making this mouthwatering dish that received rave reviews from cooks everywhere.

Food Porn Friday, Thanksgiving Day Side Dishes, Vegetables

Image: Brussels Sprout Gratin by David Goldman

Click here to check out these 37 amazing side dishes like Easy Corn Pudding, Grandma Moore’s Creamed Corn, Roasted Butternut Squash Salad With Tangerine-Rosemary Vinaigrette, The Neelys’ Hearty Winter Green Saute and Ellie’s Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Shallots, courtesy of the Food Network.

Happy #FoodPornFriday!


Oh the Things One Utters


Oh, how one utters words, truth, dare or lies

where measured sound bites become rhetorical spews

venom spat from a poisoned tongue

or sugar melting from healing lips

to listen is one thing, to believe is another

not fact-based just hearsay from tattered inflamed rumors

a united front of hope and truth

or a divisive house that crumbles and falls

is the sanction of whether to love or hate

to listen and believe, to hear and question

or sometimes maybe to just be still and hush.

Behind the Faces of the Warriors on Veterans Day

Veterans Day, Military

Image source: Times Square Chronicles

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919. Yesterday was the official observance even though today is the national federal celebration. Today we recognize Veterans Day, and while many people have the day off from work, we cannot forget those who we say ‘Thank you for your service” to, who do not get such a recess, despite the fact this day is to honor them. Perhaps you have family members or you yourself served in one of the military branches in this country. Once you’ve seen combat, an impression is stamped on your mind that cannot be deleted.

If you have never visited a VA hospital or clinic, and have seen the faces of so many veterans as far back as WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam War, one could not realize or fathom the magnitude these faces actually faced. The cries within that cannot be heard, the nightmares that no one sees and the depth of pain that an observer cannot feel is what a vet may find etched forever in their soul.

As a family member or friend, we tend to shy away from questions to avoid stirring up the demons one tries to bury from seeing first-hand atrocities and real-time carnage. Yet when we fail to ask, we pretend that our veterans return back to normal civilian life, by resuming where they left off. Not so. Easier said than done.

On this Veterans Day, may we see this celebration differently with greater compassion, love, and a welcoming embrace? May our dialogue encompass a genuine nature to nurture, and to honor the sacrifice and service of so many unsung heroes in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.

Celebrating #VeteransDay

Spicy Korean-Style Pork Medallions with Asian Slaw on Food Porn Friday

Food Porn Friday, Food, Spicy Korean-Style Pork Medallions with Asian Slaw

Image: Scott Phillips

Looking for an easy and nutritional meal that is low in calories, with just the right amount of spice to seduce your tastebuds? Well, on Food Porn Friday we found this recipe for Spicy Korean-Style Pork Medallions with Asian Slaw from the kitchen of Fine Cooking.

Who wants to be in the kitchen all day preparing dinner when you can create this exquisite meal that serves 4 to 6 people in no time at all? So grab your pork tenderloins, soy sauce, ginger, brown sugar, napa cabbage, Asian chile sauce, and a few other simple ingredients to create this amazingly artistic dish. Click here to get all of the ingredients and directions, provided by Tony Rosenfeld from Fine Cooking!

Happy #FoodPornFriday!!!

Where Do You Think You’re Going?

Travel, Compass, Maps, Journey

George Hodan

Chart the course of your Trip, and Make the Best of Your Unexpected. Sometimes we make plans and set goals on exactly how we expect to achieve them. Sometimes they work as planned and sometimes they do not. Sometimes the unexpected turns out better than the way you planned, even if it is opposite of the course you would have taken. 😀