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A True Oasis in the Desert: BJ's Brewhouse

I was making the fairly lengthy trek home from the Frozen North vicinity of the Oklahoma border, north of Fort Worth, when I decided I needed to tank up. How did I discover this? Well, there were these deep, bass grumbles that were getting so loud it was interfering with the music. Oh, the […]

Monday Mildies: Braised Pork Chops

Grilling isn’t the only way to prepare tasty pork chops. It may be the oldest, and I would argue grilling gives the best flavor. However, sometimes you don’t have a grill handy. Or it’s busted. (Send immediately for help, of course.) Or you live where the environmental regulations won’t let you grill. Whatever the […]

Singapore Does Odd Foods Better Than Anybody Else

A post today on the CNN International website reminds me of some of the meals I ate while visiting Singapore. The post lists five weird dishes that Singaporeans enjoy:

Kacang Phool
Fuzhou UFOs
Eel Skin Crisps
Steamed Shark’s Head
Alligator Paws

I’m no Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern. I am a bit adventurous with what I eat. I draw the […]

Better Roast Chicken, the Real Man Way: Cinnamon Curry Beer-Can Chicken

Who doesn’t like roast chicken? It’s a favorite, naturally. And since the invention of Beer-Can Chicken, even Real Men have enjoyed their roasted bird, because it involves drinking beer, setting fires, scorching animals and eating with their fingers. (If it also had something to to with nubile wenches of negotiable affection, said Real Men would […]

Fish 4 Friday: Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

Okay, let’s get right to it. There’s no way we’d be allowed to hold Cajun & Creole Cuisine Month without at least one jambalaya recipe. It’s a very old rule (which somebody just made up). It’s probably even illegal; or at least fattening. So, we’re doing jambalaya first.

First, the history. (You DO come by […]

Spicy Italian: Godfather Sauce

Henry Hill, a character in Goodfellas who should have been in the Godfather series, once said, “… right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles and ketchup.” That’s not one crime, that’s two. I only hope Henry didn’t have his pistol with him or we’d […]

Spicy Italian: Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle

It’s been downright cold around here the past few days (although warming up today). Shoot, it was down in the high fifties a couple days ago, with rain. Yes, rain! Our two Goldens (Sonia and Whiskey) didn’t quite know what to make of it. Sonia wanted to stay on the porch, and Whiskey kept […]

Fish 4 Friday: Zesty Grilled Shrimp with Roasted Pepper Aioli

Shrimp are strange little creatures. They spend their whole life crawling around on the bottom of the ocean, scavenging anything they can find. They eat anything, as if they’re the chickens of the sea (Sorry, Charlie)…

No, wait. Wrong blog! This is the food thingie, right? With chiles and all? Got it. I was momentarily […]