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Happy Mother’s Day! Some Lighter Fare for You

Dateline, Lebanon: The Israeli-Lebanese War took another nasty turn yesterday, with an escalation of more than double the previous situation. No, I don’t mean the usual war, with ordinance flying around in large, energetic chunks. This is much more troubling, as it involves food. A group of over 300 Lebanese chefs converted eight tons […]

The World's Finest Soupfest at the White House

The Occasionally Annual White House Soupfest, Domino Marathon and Bragging Contest made its biggest showing in decades on Saturday. We had folks from far and wide stop by, set a spell and eat. Man, did we eat! Then, when we couldn’t force any more calories down the pipe we broke out the dominoes and […]

A Couple of Tasty Party Tricks for Your Holidays

It’s Holiday party season, and you’re looking around for new ideas to wow the usual hangers-on cronies guests at your next soirée. You’ve made the same ol’ party punch for a decade now, and you’re too tired to get out the Crock-Pot for more fondue. What to do, what to do?

Well, if you’re really […]

Follies Special Edition: New Dessert Recipe Gives New Meaning to Pick-Me-Up

According to a news report by the Associated Press, students at a cooking school in Bogota have invented the ultimate recipe for hard-core dessert lovers: “Passion Dessert.” Trust me, you’re going to, er, love it. This tasty little item has more than flavor going for it. You see, it’s made with Viagra.

That’s right. The little […]

Cajun Popcorn, a Louisiana Favorite

Mud bugs are the national crustacean of Louisiana. They’re boiled, fried, steamed, put into stews and soups, and otherwise consumed with a passion that surpasses all reason. Heck, even my spouse likes them, and she’s never been to Louisiana. (At least not that she’ll admit.) Believe me, it’s an acquired taste. If you’ve acquired […]

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Pitta Pizzulata!

Pizza may have come from almost anywhere in the Old World, it appears. Many cultures have had flat breads for centuries, and putting other food on a flat, edible surface is a natural step to take. The first documented pizza seems to be from about 1889, although it was made in a place called […]

Round Rock Rollickin’ Ribfest and Texas Chicken Dance Championships

The fateful day has finally arrived. Although her birthday isn’t until next week, she’s now officially 40. And after that insane donnybrook mayhem and merrymaking boisterous party the Chile Underground may never be the same…

After an early start to the day, cleaning and prepping (mostly sou-chef chores), we got the house in pretty spiffy […]

Adare in the Mist, and a Well-Deserved Day Off

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

You know you’re going at it too hard when you have to take a day off from your vacation to rest up. We just couldn’t bring ourselves to spend another fourteen hour day overloading our brains with more lovely memories of Ireland! We needed to […]