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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 […]

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 […]

What’s a Hake, and Why Do I Want It During Hot Weather?

Let’s address the last part first. When the weather’s hot, it’s hard to get motivated to cook, much less eat hot foods. That’s one reason salads are so popular in the summertime. Of course, having the garden fixings doesn’t hurt the pop index for salads either! Still, I bet you want something quick to […]

May Day Food and Fun Traditions

Yes, it’s already May. (Wasn’t it just last week that we were eating leftover Christmas ham?) Spring has sprung, for most of us. Today signals the middle of the season (cross-quarter day), much as Groundhog Day marks the passing of the middle of winter. It’s traditionally a day of celebration for workers; it’s even […]

Fish 4 Friday: Make Better Fish & Chips by Using Better Batter

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011»

Got a hankering for fish & chips? It’s a great pub grub kind of meal, and even if you’re on one of those New Year’s diet thingies, you still need one “cheat day” to keep healthy (or at least sane). What better way than with […]

Friday Follies: World's Strangest National Dishes

As Featured in travel.webshots.com (Amy Leung)

If you can identify the “National Dish” shown above, then you’re a better man than I am. Or at the very least, weirder.

It’s a material called milt. Not MILK. The polite name is shirako. Think caviar, only the male portion. Or for those of you from the […]

Fish for Friday: Fish and Chips the Irish Way

From what I’ve seen and read, and heard from folks in Ireland on previous trips, there’s little love lost between the Irish and the English. Setting aside history and politics, though, and there’s at least a bit of common ground: Fish and Chips.

Ireland consumes quite a bit of seafood and fresh water fish and […]