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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 […]

The Secret of Ras el Hanout: There Is No Secret (Trust Me)

Morocco is an exotic place, a land of unique peoples, cultures and dishes. Their spices, and the way they use them, are part of the mystique. Anyone who has learned a bit about Moroccan food knows something of the spice blend called Ras el Hanout. However, what most folks don’t know (at least not […]

First Day in DC: Asian Spice and Chemists

Sunday afternoon I traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet up with my summer research students. They are presenting a poster at the American Chemical Society’s Fall Meeting, covering their fifteen months of undergraduate research efforts at their school, Texas Lutheran University. I get to go along and snicker make snide comments assist in my […]

A Tasty Fruit Chutney

I’ve always enjoyed chutneys as a condiment, but I considered them to be a kind of jam or jelly, although often more savory than American jams. Many of the U.S. brands of chutney have chunky pieces of fruit, nuts and the like in a tasty sauce, and they’re quite good.

The chutneys I savored during my […]

Restaurant Review: Chola Indian Restaurant

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

I’ve been home from India for a few weeks now, and although I’ve cooked some nice curries since, I don’t have the time (or the appetite) to make several entrĂ©es and all the trimmings for a simple lunch.

So I’m lucky that I have a great Indian buffet […]

Chile Underground Turns Two Hundred

The Chile Underground, your favorite food blog (that talks about chiles and travel, I mean), turns 200 today. Posts, that is. And there’s no end in sight!

In a little over a year we’ve brought you recipes and news, Follies and frivolity, and travel (and eating!) reports from all over the world: Singapore, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, […]

Port Outbound, Starboard Home: Goodbye, India (For Now)

Home beckons, and my bags are packed. I’ll miss India, this land of mystery, so full of contrasts and surprises. Immense cultural wealth in such crushing poverty. An overriding drive to be better, with so many barriers to improvement. So many spices and flavors in their food, and so little food to share.

Good thing I […]

Gandhi’s Birthday Feast

Today is Gandhi’s Birthday, a major holiday in India. He is revered as the father of modern India, now 60+ years ago. A man of strong will and gentle ways, he led the (mostly) nonviolent ejection of the British from their largest colony, and was featured on the cover of Time magazine three times. He […]