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Going Back Pho More at a Local Favorite

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

I’ve not been eating out much since the Holiday break. Concentrating on writing keeps me close to the keyboard, and the pantry and fridge are well-stocked. When I leave the friendly confines of the Chile Underground World Headquarters and Pepper-Perceptive Man Cave it’s to visit the gym […]

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 […]

Bon Appétit’s Here! Time to Dig In…

The first issue of my new subscription to Bon Appétit arrived, and boy is it chock-full of tasty ideas! I’ll have more on the contents later, but the first thing I opened the magazine to got me so excited I had to share…

Right up front they have an article about deviled eggs, one of my […]

Pepper Jelly Update: Anybody Got a Gas Mask I Can Borrow?

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

We recently reported on the Underground’s latest exploits in kitchen coliseum, wherein we basically reinvented the staid and hackneyed red pepper jelly. As promised, we made other colors of pepper jelly than red this time…

For the orange pepper jelly, I had two orange bell […]

Florida, Day 1: Flying, Three Birds Tavern, and Apple Pork Chops

Saturday morning, way too early, we oozed out of bed, grabbed our bags and headed to Bergstrom Airport for our trip to Tampa. Checking in went smoothly enough, given that we were sleepwalking through the whole process. As dawn did its dawning thing I managed to find a nice cuppa Joe at one of […]

It’s Good, It’s Italian, and You Don’t Have to Go to Europe to Get It

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

Usually I cook up something special on Wednesday evenings. This week we’re all too tired to cook. Partly it’s the week (last week of quarter at work) and partly it’s the heat. So when PJ called to say she was hungry and she had Miss D […]

Spicy Crackers: Asian-Tasty Cream Crackers Recipe

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

More than a year ago I introduced you to the spicy saltines craze. Since then I’ve mentioned a variation or two. They’re ridiculously easy to make, and even easier to make disappear. They go great with most any snack.

Their only drawback: They ain’t no stinkin’ diet […]

National Napping Day; My Favorite! Get the Snacks Out…

Today’s a very special occasion, one that should be added to the holiday list nation-wide. National Napping Day. Just the sound of it has me smiling. And maybe slowing down towards dozing…

It’s amazing how a simple one-hour shift of the clock can cause so much disruption. I travel globally, and I almost never have […]