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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 […]

Italian for Labor Day? Well, Why Not?

Okay, so it sounds odd. Labor Day, the unofficial end to summer here in the States, is often a mad paroxysm of travel, camping, beach and water fun, football games (college and high school this year; the NFL took a break) and cookouts. Here in Texas, it’s often just an excuse for another long […]

Goodbye Instant Noodles, Hello Spicy Italian

The end of Asian Noodles Month is upon us. Good thing it doesn’t weigh too much! Sorry, couldn’t control myself; I’ll keep my day job for now…

It’s been a fine inaugural month for an event that I hope to repeat next year, bigger and better. If you have any ideas how to improve the […]

How to Make Instant Noodles Taste Like a Feast

First, a quick reminder of what we’re up to here. We want tasty noodles, and we want them quick; we don’t want to make a lot of mess; we don’t want to break the bank. “Taste like a feast” is relative too. You can always splurge, but what if you’re on a tight budget? […]

Fish 4 Friday: Dill, Tomato and Wine Sauce

A quick post today; lots of stuff happening, and the trip to China is just around the corner!

Sometimes, even bold fish can come out, well, a bit bland. The way chefs solve this problem is to build a bold pan sauce and pour it over the dish. Here’s one such sauce that works great […]

Adare in the Mist, and a Well-Deserved Day Off

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

You know you’re going at it too hard when you have to take a day off from your vacation to rest up. We just couldn’t bring ourselves to spend another fourteen hour day overloading our brains with more lovely memories of Ireland! We needed to […]

Irish Pub Grub: Fried Cheese

Is there anything better than fried cheese? (That’s a rhetorical question, of course.) Okay, a few things. Here’s an obvious one: Made-from-scratch fried cheese. Much better than that drecklich, pour-the-cardboard-chips-from-the-bag pseudocheese you get at some chain eateries.

If the cheese is something first-class, like Camembert, then the dish is Even More Better.

Carrigbyrne Farmhouse Cheese Company […]

The Perfect Bachelor’s Hot Meal in Seven Minutes or Less

Summer Research kicks off today at Texas Lutheran University, and I’m invited (again) to join the astonishingly fabulous faculty in Chemistry. It’s hard work and harder thinking, but very satisfying! (Good thing too, given the pay rate.) The only small quibble for me, I have the exact same students I had last summer.

I suppose […]