New Restaurant Recipes in New Hampshire

Today is the first day of my trip across the country in order to try out new restaurants and collect memorable recipes. I’m starting in my own backyard, New Hampshire, to look for the first of my restaurant recipes. The beauty of the countryside that I drive through makes me wish I were a photograp…

Caveat Restaurant Recipes

It doesn’t matter which chef created the recipe for which restaurant, when you make it at home, you make it at your own risk. We have all heard horror stories from amateur chefs who tried a restaurant recipe for a certain vegetable dish or dessert only to have it fall flat and instead of praise, el…

What Makes Restaurant Recipes Exceptional

Other than the undisputed claim of being The First of its kind (the first recipe for fried ice cream; the first recipe for barbecued French fries) or an association with an incredible number of product sales (over 50,000 bowls of chili sold), the exceptionality of a great dish often lies in the natu…

Dreaming of Restaurant Recipes

It was the end of May, and the beginning of the last summer with my daughter, who had just graduated from high school. I had all these plans for things to do with her, places and events for us to remember as we changed from being mother and daughter to being friends. She came in during supper, glowi…

Southern Food, Shrimp, and Restaurant Recipes

Ralph and I are on a long road trip, with an emphasis on eating and collecting restaurant recipes. After spending four days in New York, I decided to take a break and only eat plain food for a few days. It is the same idea that an expensive restaurant has when they let your palate “rest” between c…

On the Trail of Restaurant Recipes

I live in a small New Hampshire town that is about an hour’s drive from the nearest large city. We have several very good restaurants in our town, and it is nice to know the owner (and frequently, also the chef) when I go out to eat. I wanted to spend the summer collecting new recipes, restaurant r…

Restaurant Recipes from the Restaurant Capital

New York is one of the best places in the world to find great food, but it is not a good place to easily find a parking spot. I am slowly driving across several states, looking for interesting restaurant recipes to bring back to my small hometown in New England. There are so many wonderful places to…

Gambling on Restaurant Recipes

My summer trip is about half over, and I am driving through Arkansas on my way to Texas and the West. I have been eating at dozens of restaurants, and am collecting restaurant recipes to bring back a bit of each of these different places to my hometown in New Hampshire. The particular restaurant rec…

Closing the File on Restaurant Recipes

My adventure in collecting restaurant recipes from across America has come to an end. It has been more than a month of driving, eating, walking my dog Ralph, and enough exercising to avoid putting on a lot of weight. Resisting delicious food is difficult enough, and even more so when the goal is to …

Wrangling More Restaurant Recipes

When I planned this trip to collect restaurant recipes, I planned to drive through Texas and pick up a barbecue tip or two, and continue west. However, Texas is bigger than I had expected, friendlier, and more varied. So I have detoured to San Antonio, maybe to see the Alamo, but really to experienc…