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Pepper Jelly Makes a Great Christmas Present

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

Pineapple during the Holidays? It’s not just for ham anymore!

I’ve been making all sorts of pepper jellies in the run-up to Christmas. Late-year fruit usually are the firmer ones: Pears, apples, quince and the like. I’ve used some red pears in a pear-prickly pear-red chiles […]

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 […]

Breakfast for Mother’s Day?

Do you like breakfast? How about your mom?

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Consider making one of these tasty dishes, designed by Emeril Lagasse, for your mom on Her Day. Especially for breakfast in bed! She’ll feel so much like royalty that maybe she won’t make you clean your room (again)…

Enjoy the (Delish […]

Tomorrow is World Porridge Day: Rejoice!

Breaking News: Tomorrow is the day the whole world celebrates porridge! Considered the national breakfast of Scotland (among other glamorous locales), this dish of cooked, rolled oats feeds millions every morning.

Unless they get real food, of course. Or skip breakfast entirely.

In any case, if you’re of a mind, drag out that long-neglected box of oatmeal […]

Z’Tejas, a Wonderful Place for Brunch and Clan Revelry

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

So much going on these days! That means it’s time to celebrate, of course. We officially kicked off the merry-making with a Sunday Brunch at Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill; the one on the hill, not the original location (on 6th Street downtown), nor the newest central Texas place […]

Why This May Be the Last Christmas Ever

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Some items you see, you just know they signal the impending doom of the universe. Our most recent sighting, here at the Chile Underground, involves toast. But not just any toast: Oh no, we’re talking truly, uhh, divine cauterized crusts…

Me thinks you seem skeptical. Well […]

Sunday Brunch at Pecan Street Station; Good Choice…

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

I wanted breakfast, but I didn’t want to cook. The kitchen was configured for jelly production, and it just seemed like too much work to rearrange, get out all the starters and then make the breakfast I wanted.

It was going on mid-morning too.

PJ was toodling around […]

Today is National Waffle Day! Eat’em Every Meal…

Waffles; they’re not just for breakfast anymore! Even Winnie the Pooh would enjoy a food that you can pour lots of honey over. Or syrup. Or top with butter and jelly (even pepper jelly!). Shoot, he might even have them for all seven of his favorite meals of the day, on National Waffle Day. […]