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Homemade Chile Powder and Crushed Pepper Flakes

I recently posted about the ornamental peppers I’m growing in pots around the reservation here. Knowing that these small chiles are edible, I lay in wait, kitchen shears and bowl in hand, for the red lovelies to begin to dry out. Then I snipped them off the bushes and put them into my new Waring […]

Breaking News: Pfall ChiliPfest Tomorrow!

For both the Underground fans all you thousands of readers from Pflugerville, get your hongry on! The 2012 Pfall ChiliPfest is tomorrow, in beautiful, downtown Pflugerville. The kickoff is at 11 A.M., though there will be a community fitness walk starting at 10:30 (to help build up that appetite even further). The weather prediction’s great […]

What Do You Have for Sunday Lunch When It’s Cold and Wet?

Stew? A hearty soup? Chili? Maybe something from the slow cooker?

I like any of those choices, and since it’s usually indoor time when the weather’s nasty out, cooking’s a joy. I take my time and check the dish regularly while I work on fiction or something equally gentle. We don’t have snow down here, thank […]

Zesty Chili Doesn’t Make Lingerie More Exciting for One Woman

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

I’ve heard of having your panties in a bunch, but this takes things a bit too far. A Yonkers woman shopping in White Plains, NY retaliated against a Victoria’s Secret outlet, after she was banned from shopping there due to an earlier shoplifting incident, by […]

Happiness is Influenza in Your Rear View Mirror

Although I can’t claim to be 100% yet (and wifeyperson says that’s a good thing, in some respects), I’ve clearly recovered from the ‘flu bug. It’s not something I recommend everybody experience, but it sure feels good to be over it and back!

So good, in fact, that I’m cooking again. Stacked enchiladas already this […]

An Exciting Week: A Holiday for Presidents, National Chili Day and More

You’ll have to go far to find a month with more food fun packed into it than February has to offer! And this week is the pinnacle of all that merriment. Besides celebrating President’s Day (today, in fact), which should bring a major spike in cherry prices nationally, Thursday is National Chili Day. I […]

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 […]

The Long Road Home, and the Great Eatery We Found Along the Way

Saturday morning dawned early, bright and clear, except for the doomed travelers. Seems staying out on Bourbon Street and environs until 4 AM isn’t conducive to being alert and smiling at 7 AM. The same day, I mean. Still, the revelers got a nice nap (unless they also had to pack their gear, which […]