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Agent Orangiental, a Great New Salad Dressing

My niece in Dallas has been experimenting with my charred pineapple habanero jelly. She’s come up with an interesting combination as a salad dressing. Here are the particulars…

Agent Orangiental Salad Dressing

1 teaspoon light soy sauce
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon dark Karo syrup
1 tablespoon charred pineapple habanero jelly

Mix all these ingredients well. Season […]

What Does a Redneck Put on Salads? Hillbilly Tomatoes, of Course…

Heirloom tomatoes are all the rage these days. Why? In my opinion, Americans want more flavor. In everything. Typical store-boughten tomatoes don’t seem to have much savor or aroma these days. They’re “designed” and optimized to stand up to the rigors of logistics: Picking, stacking, storing, shipping, more storing, and so on. They’re usually picked […]

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 […]

Fish 4 Friday: Summery Salmon Salad With a Tingle on the Tongue

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011»

As promised, a Fish 4 Friday this week. (Yes, I might have misspoke mentioned something about doubling up this week. Well, life’s full of tough surprises.) With crab and shrimp mostly out of season by now, I’ll be talking more about plain ol’ fish than […]

Vinaigrettes, the Universal Flavor Delivery System

A post of recipes today in the StarTribune Online got me thinking…

You ever use a bottle of commercial Italian dressing? Better yet, you ever use one of those dried herb packages, where you put your own vinegar, oil and the seasonings in a specially-shaped cruet and shake like hell to get them all mixed? […]

The Ides of March and the Invention of the Caesar Salad

Today is the Ides of March, according to historical tradition. It’s the day that Julius Caesar passed on. Legend has it that he died violently at the hands of his best friend, Brutus. (That’s where the term “brutally” comes from.) Truth is stranger than legend, though, and the truth is, dear departed Julius didn’t […]

More Walnut Goodness for Your Enjoyment

This entry is part of a series, Brain Food»

To follow up on my previous post about the brain super-food, walnuts, here are some recipes you can try in the coming days. I’ve stayed within the realm of “dinner entrée,” since I was challenged by my spouse to show something other than brownies or […]

Brain Food: Walnuts are Hard to Break Into, But Worth the Effort

This entry is part of a series, Brain Food»

Neil Sadaka was a man ahead of his time. He wrote and sang about walnuts in “Breaking In is Hard to Do.” However, by the time the song made the charts, they’d forced him to change the lyrics into some sappy love song. Nowadays, with […]