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December 2013

Go Nuts!

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK Nuttier’n a fruitcake: (Also “nutty as a fruitcake” or “he/she’s a fruitcake”) Crackbrained or crazy. Not just Southern, the expression originated in England, like many of our favorite regional idioms. Being “nutty” was first recorded between 1821 and 1846 to refer to insanity: The “nut” was Anglo …

Cooking Up Fun at the Memphis Cotton Museum

HottyToddy.com food writer Laurie Triplette served up some Christmas cheer to children and adults on Saturday at the Memphis Cotton Museum’s Gimme Some Holiday Fun event. Laurie felt right at home in her native city and at the downtown museum dedicated to the history of cotton. Laurie’s own father, Louis …

Low-Fuss Cheese and Cookies for the Holidays

SOUTHERNISM OF THE WEEK High and Dry: A state or condition of being abandoned and stranded, without hope or recovery, like a beached boat. Think Delta frequent flyers out of Memphis…. The Christmas Parade is over, first-semester exams are winding down, and folks are frantically mailing those last gifts to loved …

Laurie Triplette’s Thanksgiving Turkey Run

Each November, HottyToddy.com food writer and cookbook author Laurie Triplette makes the trek to Zion Farms in Primrose, Mississippi, to pick up the pasture-raised turkey that graces the Thanksgiving table at her home in Oxford, and this year was no exception. Despite rainy, 27-degree temperatures on the Wednesday before the holiday, Laurie set out early with …