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Friday Follies: The Turkey Coma Problem and More

I missed this report in the New Yorker during the hustle-bustle of Thanksgiving. It’s clearly appropriate, and touches all the key points. Although it didn’t say which way the author was leaning on the critical national issue of the coming NCAA football playoffs.

In other news, a couple of party animals learned not to leave signed […]

Happy Birthday, Jessica Cooks…

Cooking is an important life skill. Says so right here, on my cue card for the day. If you can’t cook then you’re completely reliant on others for the quality of your eats. Fast food drive-throughs; glop in a microwavable cup; takeout from Fat Charlie’s down the block; restaurants, where you can actually get good […]

Pepper Jelly Redux: Apricot Jam, Extra-Zesty Habañero and Serrano Jellies

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

Remember how I said I was through making pepper jellies for the year? Well, I lied through both teeth like an Oriental rug prevaricated and dissembled got talked into making some more. (That’s it! “Talked into.”)

For some reason, Central Market had some great-looking, fresh […]

Z’Tejas, a Wonderful Place for Brunch and Clan Revelry

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

So much going on these days! That means it’s time to celebrate, of course. We officially kicked off the merry-making with a Sunday Brunch at Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill; the one on the hill, not the original location (on 6th Street downtown), nor the newest central Texas place […]

Relaxifying at the Ranch (And No, the Word Processor’s Not Open)

Okay, if I can’t type’em, I’ll join’em. Or however that saying goes…

This weekend is rocking along very low-key, hiding out at the Ranch and not even cooking a meal this time. Just more nachos. With fajita beef, for one thing. And maybe some non-candied jalapeños. (I wonder how many jalapeño peppers it takes to […]

The Big Day Arrives: Jack and Alma Celebrate Their 70th Wedding Anniversary

Sunday afternoon we all convened at the Thiebaud Auditorium (in beautiful, downtown Lamar) for the Big Event. And I mean ALL. Over 110 folks, or nearly everybody who’s anybody in Barton County, MO (and for miles around). At least five generations were represented, including a small army several of my cousins of all degrees […]

Saturday Smorgasbord at Reba’s

My mom grew up in a large farm family (seven girls, one boy, one bathroom) and all of them learned to cook. So one of the first things you can expect when the Clan gathers for a major event is a big meal, somewhere. Aunt Reba got tagged this time…

We were only a few […]

Road Trip! We’re Off to Beautiful Downtown Lamar, MO

We’ve had all the hot days and no rain we can stand. We’re on the road to Lamar, Missouri, birthplace of “Give’em Hell Harry” and a large number of like-minded folk, many of whom are relatives. We expect cool mornings, great food, unbelievable tales (and believe me, nobody will be believing them), fishing attempts […]