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Fish 4 Friday: Red Snapper Veracruz

Time to take a short break from the grill. (Well, sort of.) I noticed in the store the other day that red snapper was available at a good price, and that got me to thinking. PJ likes snapper, usually stuffed with something like crab. But putting the fish into a nice sauce is also […]

One Last Plate of Tex-Mex, Then We Go

The plane leaves in less that 48 hours for Ireland, and I’m ready to go. Well, okay, I’m not quite ready. Other than finishing a report or two, traveling home, then shopping, packing and stuff like that, though, I’m ready.

Oh, and I really, really need a Tex-Mex fix. Bad. I mean a good one. […]

After Thanksgiving: Two Spicy Soups From Leftovers

The relatives came over and you fed them. Oh, you ate too! If you’re like me, you “tested” everything regularly before it found its way to the overloaded tables for the Big Meal. Then you ate again, just to be sociable; you ate so much that your I.Q. dropped to somewhere below your shoe size, […]

Review: Mesa Rosa Mexican Restaurant

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

When my wife and I moved back to the Republic after completing our “missionary work” (four years in purgatory proselytizing to the heathens in the wilderness of Michigan, up near Santa’s house somewhere), we lived for a short while way out northwest of the city. We were […]

Restaurant Review: Casa Garcia's Tex-Mex Restaurant

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

I’m a big fan (don’t take that too literally!) of Tex-Mex cuisine. Maybe “cuisine” is too snooty a word for these tasty, hearty dishes. It’s the cooking of working men and women, with few pretenses and no plan to grow up into a “cuisine.”

Besides, how many “cuisines” […]

Friday Follies: Beer Baths and Busted Babes

Anybody who hangs around the Chile Underground even the tiniest bit knows I’m a fan of beer. But even I never considered bathing in the stuff! (Well, okay; there was this one time back in grad school, but I’m hoping the other victims perpetrators participants remember even less about the incident than I do.)

Welcome to […]

Thursday Fish: Chunky Ceviche

Sometimes you want fish, but you just don’t want to cook. Like maybe it’s really hot out. Or you just want a quick, chilled appetizer.

Whatever you need, this version of ceviche will get the job done for you…


1 lb tilapia fillets (or similar whitefish)
12 oz fresh lime juice (six limes or so)
1/2 tablespoon dried Mexican […]

I’m Not Here Right Now; But If I Were, I’d be Eating…

I just went back to school.

Not to get a degree; I got more of those than I need. And my teaching is over (at least for now).

This time, it was to launch daughterperson on her college career.

It only seems like yesterday she was eating her birthday cake. Her first birthday, I mean. And now she’s […]