I am Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Oxford, Mississippi. The picture in the header is my law office. I'm on Twitter as NMissC

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Beard Nominees: Congrats to John T. Edge, Donald Link, etc.

The latest Beard Award nominations include a huge endorsement of New Orleans food right now, including a total of six chef nominations lead by Donald Link, who is nominated for the big award:  Outstanding Chef, described as “A working chef in america whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as […]

Turkey Gumbo with Donald Link’s deer sausage (recipe and comments)

Turkey gumbo is my standard weekend post-Thanksgiving or Christmas production. It’s slightly tricky– turkey stock has a strong flavor that has to be accommodated in a way chicken or even seafood stock does not, and the turkey meat cannot stand any length of cooking in the stock without turning stringy.

A secondary issue with […]

A wonderful lunch at Herbsaint

Herbsaint has for quite some time been my favorite of the newish (that is, opened the last 20 or so years– in New Orleans, newness wears off more slowly) restaurants in New Orleans.  The kitchen there is consistently creative at a very high level.  Day before yesterday, my wife, daughter, and I had a […]

Off the Road Again and open thread

Just off the road, after court in South Mississippi, which left the natural option of a trip to New Orleans to see my kids, eat some of Donald Link’s incredible gumbo, catch some beads thrown by Drew Brees (pictoral evidence below), and to return to contemplate what tweaks I might make to my own […]

Bon Appetit lists Big Bad Breakfast’s Cathead among nations best retaurant dishes under $10

Donald Link’s Cochon Butcher in New Orleans also has a dish on the list:

1/ Tristar strawberry salad with mozzarella, balsamic, mint, and gray salt; $9; Roberta’s, Brooklyn

2/ Cathead (house-made buttermilk biscuit with fried chicken and a slice of cheddar); $6; Big Bad Breakfast, Oxford, Mississippi

3/ Arista sandwich (roasted suckling pig with […]

Saturday Morning Various

Donna Ladd at Jackson Free Press highlights the money quote from Wyatt Emerich’s editorial in the Jackson Northside Sunn endorsing Crisler in the Jackson mayoral race.  I read it as Emerich finding his inner Citizen Council member:  “We have begun to accept the reality that segregation is not the same as racism. We […]