Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Author and photographer Harold Lee Miller has put together a collection of over 100, full page photos taken at county fairs and the Indiana state fair.  This book is published by the Indiana Historical Society Press and has a forward written by Indiana essayist Phillip Gulley.

North Alabama Style White BBQ Sauce

Sep 20, 2011

North Alabama-Style White BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons finely cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Whisk together all ingredients, cover, and refrigerate for at least eight hours before using.

Smoke or grill chicken halves or pieces. When chicken is ready, pour half the sauce in a shallow dish and place the chicken in the dish, turning to coat.

Philly Cheese Steak Dip

Sep 6, 2011

Philly Cheese Steak Dip

Peach Pandowdy

Aug 21, 2011

Peach Pandowdy


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (extra for dusting)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ice-cold water


Root Beer Bread Pudding

Aug 16, 2011

Root Beer Bread Pudding

2 liters of Root Beer


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 large beaten eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups slightly stale Italian or French bread, cubed


  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


Peach and Mozzarella Salad

Jul 5, 2011

Peach and Mozzarella Salad

  • ½ pound fresh mozzarella, sliced ¼-inch thick then slices cut in half
  • 3 peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked
  • pepper

On a platter, arrange the mozzarella slices, peach slices, and basil, alternating them and overlapping them a bit. Drizzle with the oil and vinegar, and add salt and pepper to taste. This will serve about four.

Salisbury Steak

Jun 21, 2011

Salisbury Steak

Key Lime Pie

Jun 7, 2011

Key Lime Pie

Saltine Crust

  • 3 egg whites (reserve yolks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 14 saltines, finely crushed
  • ½ cup pecans, finely crushed

Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter a 9" pie plate. In a medium-size bowl beat the egg whites, slowly adding sugar. Continue beating stiff. Add the baking powder, saltines, and pecans, mixing to combine. Pour into pie plate and use a spatula to spread. Bake for 30 minutes and let cool on a wire rack.

Chicken Cacciatore

May 17, 2011

Chicken Cacciatore

Black Bean Salsa

May 3, 2011

Black Bean Salsa

Ma Ma's Chicken & Dumplings

Apr 19, 2011

Ma Ma's Chicken and Dumplings

Chili-Orange Skirt Steak

Apr 5, 2011

Chili-Orange Skirt Steak

Waiter Rant

Oct 5, 2010

The author is a prize-winning blogger of, and offers an insider's look at a waiter's life at an upscale New York area restaurant.

Reading the OED

Mar 4, 2010

Ammon Shea has been reading dictionaries since he was ten years old.  And now he’s written a book about his journey through the 20 volume ‘dictionary of ALL dictionaries’ the 20 volume Oxford English Dictionary,  Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, Twenty-One Thousand, Seven Hundred Thirty pages.