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Recipe du Jour: Rosemary Lager Focaccia for Dipping…

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

Here’s a quick, summery bread recipe that uses beer. (Yes, I’m on a beer-cooking kick. You’ll just have to suffer.) It’s easy to make, and I think it’s ideal for cutting into crouton-sized pieces and dipping into olive oil:

1 1/4 cups lager beer (I suggest Paulaner, […]

Man, I Wish I'd Made That: Brimstone Originals

Usually I’m the only one in the family who “finds” great, zesty eats. Most of the rest of the clan is too wimpy to even make it on Popeye have sensitive palates and don’t often go for the nuclear fire on the tongue heat in their food. Shoot, PJ often has me set aside […]

New Year's Day Celebration at the White House: Fish Fry!

The clan gathered at the central Texas White House on Saturday to do all those things that a large group of relatives enjoy while kicking off a new year: Eat, visit, eat, tell fish-story whoppers tales, eat, hold the World Championship in Mexican Train, eat some more, play music, snack, toss the football around […]

Ode to the Humble, Fighting Pea: Recipes for the New Year

I’m sure there’s a legend somewhere about the black-eyed pea, and how it got its black eye fighting for some noble cause. (Rather like something that Rudyard Kipling might write, given his Just So Stories.) Even though they won, they still got a black eye.

They also have a bit of a “black eye” as […]

Yet More Guac: Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole

Okay, maybe this IS “Celebrate Marcus Samuelsson’s Genius With the Avocado Week” or something. I found another way to turn the funny-looking fruit (I mean the avocado here) into a superbly tasty version of the National Dish of Texas. (No, I don’t mean chili; it’s way too hot to be talking cooking here.) […]

Great Summer Flavors: Zesty Goat Cheese Guacamole

For all of us elves here at the Chile Underground, nothing quite says summer like guacamole. Oh, sure; grilling’s a part of summer hereabouts. But then, that’s true about 11 months out of the year. (We sometimes skip August, when it’s too hot to fire up the grill.) And you can’t overlook sweet corn […]

Zesty Holidays: Queso Dipping Sauce

As I noted in an earlier post, everybody loves queso. This time of year, however, most people only eat queso as a dip for chips. I suggest you consider it for your Turkey Day feast, or at least for the football snacks you’ll need during the long weekend of gridiron clashes.

If you make the […]

Friday Follies: Calling All Ghouls, It's Halloween Candy Time!

It’s not really up to typical Follies level, but there are some smiles (and a chuckle or two) in the news leading up to our favorite diabetic coma inducing holiday event: Halloween. Okay, it’s not our favorite overall; just our favorite in October…

Here’s one of the ultimate win-win scenarios you’ll ever see this week. […]