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You Speak, the Dragon Listens (Sometimes)

I’ve been experimenting with Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS, or Dragon), v. 11.5, for a while now. (And yes, it’s entirely appropriate that this is the Year of the Dragon, and that I was born in a year of the Dragon; feels good!) Overall I like the software, but there are plenty of quirks and oddities. […]

Salt Lick BBQ in Round Rock: More Than Finger-Licking Good

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

Way back on Fat Tuesday, the bride and I headed out to get, well, fat. I mean, there’s no way you gain any weight during Lent, right? Besides, it’s a tradition. And who are we to buck tradition?

We had a problem, though; what to eat? We’d normally […]

Getting the Garden Ready!

It’s that time of year again; when a young man’s fancy turns to, well, pretty much anything but hard work. However, that garden plot won’t get itself ready…

This year I’m putting in a lot of organic. A truckload on 1,000 square feet. First, I’ll till it to break the hard dirt up, then dump the […]

Best and Worst Appetizers: How Do You Pick?

I pick spicy whenever I can, of course. These days, everybody’s into the low-calorie, high-fiber, hardly-any-taste-at-all sort of things that aren’t really designed to pump up my appetite. And isn’t that what an appetizer is supposed to do? Okay, I agree, maybe they shouldn’t be so filling that they displace the meal; although sometimes wifey […]

The Top 101 Restaurants in America (Including Some Right Near Here)

Whether you dine out for the food, the atmosphere, the view, or any combination, there are some fine eateries on the 2012 list published by The Daily Meal. (Visit the link for a slideshow.) Of course, there are so many styles, cuisines and so on, that it’s actually a bit cheeky to try to winnow […]

The Not-So-Secret Life of Bacon

As the man said, “Forget sex, bacon sells.” There are few foods that bacon can’t boost the flavor of. Even beef tenderloin gets better with a strip or two of bacon wrapped around it. Put a few strips across the top of a slightly tenderized hockey puck and you’ve got yourself an award-winning burger; or […]

Lent’s Here! Time for More Fish…

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2012»

Nashville, Tennessee isn’t known as a center for fine cuisine; no, music tops the list. However, there are sure some fine places to eat there. One is Arnold’s Country Kitchen, which serves Southern fare in a no-nonsense, casual (some say “almost a dive”) atmosphere, right downtown. […]

LongHorn Steakhouse Round Rock: A New Family Favorite

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

A year ago the Clan celebrated at the LongHorn Steakhouse in New Braunfels. (I wrote about that event here.) At that time, there were very few Longhorn steakhouses in Texas. It’s only been one short year, and now there are Longhorn steakhouses in the Austin area. One […]