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F4F Returns (And Sea Creatures Everywhere are Nervous)

A garage sale is a marvelous thing. I’ve hosted a few, but they don’t seem to work out so well for me. The last one I nearly broke even, but some of the earlier attempts were disastrous. I also learned that in-laws are nice to have around for the holidays, but don’t let them organize […]

Lent Almost Over; Let’s Have One More Fish Dish

Yeah, let’s have one more, just for the halibut. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Speaking of halibut, today’s dish could use that tasty white-fleshed fish. Flounder, turbot, fluke, trout; even striped bass or cod will work in this recipe as well. We’ll want fillet thickness, not steaks, which may not cook all the way through.  A piece of […]

Going Back Pho More at a Local Favorite

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

I’ve not been eating out much since the Holiday break. Concentrating on writing keeps me close to the keyboard, and the pantry and fridge are well-stocked. When I leave the friendly confines of the Chile Underground World Headquarters and Pepper-Perceptive Man Cave it’s to visit the gym […]

Drinks and Snacks on the Deck at McCormick & Schmick’s

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

Evenings this time of year are very often pleasant here in central Texas. Temperature at mid-afternoon is steady in the low eighties, so by the time rush hour arrives the air takes on a silky, cooling feel. Breezes are usually light too. Perfect for dining al fresco, […]

Puttanesca: Naughty Name, Great Flavors for Fish

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2012»

The word sounds sorta funny, and most Americans smile when they hear it. What’s it mean? It’s short for “alla Puttanesca,” or “in the style of a prostitute.”

Now before you get your nose out of joint, consider: It’s really got nothing to do with sex, unless […]

How ‘Bout Asian Fish Tomorrow?

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2012»

The second issue of my new subscription to Bon Appétit Magazine arrived. (Thanks again, Deniz!) There’s a dish in there you simply must try if you love salmon: Wasabi Salmon with Bok Choy, Green Cabbage and Shiitakes. You can get the whole recipe from the link, […]

How Many Tons of Tuna Salad Is That, Exactly?

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

Everyone knows that sharks are a top predator in the world’s oceans. Even humans don’t fare well, mano-á-sharko. But there’s another great predator of the seas: The Bluefin Tuna. These fish live mostly in the deep water. They’re fast swimmers; they’re ideally evolved for swimming long […]

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 […]