Family Meal is Back!

Given the calls we’ve taken over the last few months wondering what ever happened to Family Meal, or family-style dinner series, we can’t even remember why we stopped doing them. We’ve heard your comments, they mean a lot to us, and so without any further hesitation, we’ve brought family meal back! Here’s the deal with […]

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Family Meal: A Foggy Mountain Getaway, ca. 1880 or, A Hillbilly Homecoming

If you read this blog or visit Big Jones regularly, you’ve likely noticed that the focus of our cooking is gravitating ever-so-slightly to the mountains. There are many reasons for this, chief among them that I repeatedly felt I was selling Southern cooking short by leaving out one of its great regional cuisines, that being […]

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A Creole Lenten Dinner, ca. 1900

During this past Mardi Gras season, I came upon a realization of what should be obvious – the whole point of Carnival is to live it up before the lean times of Lent. It’s easy to get caught upĀ  in the revelry without thinking about the cultural context and why these traditions evolved the way […]

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A Cajun Country Ramble, ca. 1955

For our next Family Meal beginning Friday and continuing through Mardi Gras, I wanted to do something different from your typical, expected po’ boys, red beans and rice, and whatnot that’s associated with the revelry in the French Quarter, and instead travel west of town into the countryside for a taste of Cajun country cooking. […]

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