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National Junk Food Day; What Did You Eat?

This is a “holiday” I can really get into. I woke up hungry for junk, too. Something that would blow my diet into the next zip code. Not comfort food, like those little cocktail weenies wrapped in croissant dough and baked. No, I wanted something with salt, fat, calories and way too much flavor.

What I […]

Friday Follies: The Turkey Coma Problem and More

I missed this report in the New Yorker during the hustle-bustle of Thanksgiving. It’s clearly appropriate, and touches all the key points. Although it didn’t say which way the author was leaning on the critical national issue of the coming NCAA football playoffs.

In other news, a couple of party animals learned not to leave signed […]

Holiday Marmalade with Habaneros and Prickly Pear Juice

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

Citrus fruit of all sorts are available this season, in high quality and at good prices. Marmalade is fairly easy to make, especially if you’re a patient sort. I’ve gotten to where I make nice-sized batches of this spread, mostly for Christmas stocking gifts.

This year […]

Heavenly Beef and Guinness Pie

Cool weather is here, and though it wasn’t a typical Texas scorcher this past summer, I’m ready for the comfort foods of autumn. (How hot was it last summer? I hear it made the Jehovah’s Witnesses take up telemarketing.) One of those foods is pot pie, and the pot pie’s close cousin, the pasty.

I recently […]

The Venerable Hamburger In the News: Moving Beyond Simple Fast Food

Since its “invention” the lowly hamburger has grown to be perhaps the most popular sandwich on the globe. Okay, so maybe the burger didn’t get invented so much as it evolved with the times. In any case, there’s still a bit of a controversy over who invented this tasty sandwich (and when). Does it really […]

Hey Ma! Fire Up the Fryer, It’s National Fried Chicken Day!

Looking for a dish that’s truly American? Fried chicken is the eggsact best choice. Why is today National Fried Chicken Day? Well, it IS Fry-day after all..

The Elves here at the Underground have been working around the cluck to find the best recipes for fried chicken. Well, that’s what they told me they were doing, […]

Happy Birthday! The Oreo Cookie Turns 100

This may be old news to some of you, but I just ran across it: The Oreo cookie is now a hundred years old! Shoot, I barely remember the day it was first sold. (Memory’s hard to retain at my age.) I think I have some of the originals stashed around here, somewhere. Although I’ve […]

Slow Cookers for Pets, and The Blob Strikes Again

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

There are times I simply have to shake my head and say, “Only in a free America.” Today’s Follies examines two items that indicate crossing trends. At the moment, these trends strongly indicate we’re taking better care of our pets’ nutrition than we are our children’s. […]