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If You Have Too Many Tomatoes And You Don’t Really Want to Cook, Have We Got a Deal for You

It’s late summertime, and your garden is in full-blown “let’s get busy burying these guys in produce” mode. Especially the tomatoes. You’re tired of canning them, you’ve eaten so many you have acid blisters on the inside of your lips, and your family is threatening revolt if you make One More Tomato Salad for […]

Cool River Café and Southwestern Poblano Soup

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

My spouse has a birthday coming soon, and although she claims she’s given up on getting older, she still likes to celebrate. Cyndi Lauper‘s got nothing on her! So she gathered up the Clan and we headed to Cool River Café for lunch.

Set on the northwest side […]

660 Curries: Two Great Dipping Sauces

Sauces abound in Indian cooking. Sauces for dipping, sauces for main courses, even sauces for dessert. What else could you expect from the culture that invented chutnies?

Raghavan Iyer’s “660 Curries” presents LOTS of tasty sauces in the Spice Blends and Pastes section.

Iyer’s selections run from very mild, chile-free assemblies of sweet and tart fruits to […]

Traveling to The Gourmet Chili Pepper and Salsa Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas

I attended the Gourmet Chili Pepper and Salsa Festival on Saturday, at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. This is a small, mostly-vendor gathering, and it was hot! I mean the weather; it was 106 degrees F at two in the afternoon, with intense sun and no clouds.

Oh, the food, you ask? Lots of samples; more […]

Creamy Jalapeño Cornbread With Dinner Tonight

Jalapeño Chiles: They’re not just for breakfast anymore! Nor are they reserved for salsas or entrées. The versatile jalapeño can be used in cooking too.

A classic bread for serving with barbeque, or roast beef, or even chili or soup on a cold afternoon, is this one:

Creamy Jalapeño Cornbread

This version of cornbread is different than any […]

Real Men Prefer Meat, Grilled, On a Stick

It’s summertime, the best time for Modern Man to relive his Caveman roots. No, I don’t expect you to run out and find a tiger skin to wear; that’s not considered polite, especially to the tigers. You can also leave the hardwood club out of the ensemble.

Although, now that you mention it, you should get […]

The Pleasures of Mild Curry

Okay, this is a blog that celebrates chiles. However not everything has to be blazing hot! I’ve loaded four new curry recipes on the Recipes du Jour page:

Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)
Quick Lemon Curry Chicken
Thai Mussamun Curry
Burmese Ginger Curry Pork

Butter Chicken is not for those on low-fat diets. But since that only covers about two readers […]

Monday Pepper Picker-Upper

Since it’s a Blue Monday, all we need are red and white peppers to complete the Trifecta. (Don’t get me started on Big Frown, and how he’s probably gonna cause me to be homeless. Anybody want some used Belmont bet stubs?)

To celebrate, I’m putting a couple new recipes up on the Recipes du Jour page. […]