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Zesty Curry French Fries, and a Great Ketchup Interpretation

Ah, the tasty and popular fried potato; another great American invention. (Quibble if you must, but the other claims of origin are surely false, right?) They’re everywhere. Fast-food outlets; everyday restaurants; even up-scale steak places. Cruise the frozen food aisles at your grocer’s and you’ll find a bewildering assortment of options. All sorts of shapes […]

Best. Southern. Green Beans. Ever…

It’s not a brag, it’s a fact. Or maybe a simple statement of philosophy…

Green beans are something that all too many families take for granted these days. Even in the South, where we really, really know how to cook beans. Canned green beans now are the go-to version of this classic vegetable side. Frozen […]

Happiness is Influenza in Your Rear View Mirror

Although I can’t claim to be 100% yet (and wifeyperson says that’s a good thing, in some respects), I’ve clearly recovered from the ‘flu bug. It’s not something I recommend everybody experience, but it sure feels good to be over it and back!

So good, in fact, that I’m cooking again. Stacked enchiladas already this […]

The New St. Valentine's Day Masacree (or How White's Rule Got Revised): LongHorn Steakhouse Review

White’s Rule (Original Version): Don’t eat at a new restaurant until the novelty wears off.

I had good reasons for that rule. Brand-new places seldom have their kitchen working optimally, their wait staff are learning how to work as a team, and more. So it’s hard to get a real read on the quality and […]

Late-Lunch Steaks at the Blue Oak Grill

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

This restaurant has closed.

Not too long back I found myself in a part of town I hadn’t visited in a couple of years. I had a half hour to kill, so I drove around the area to see what all had changed, and maybe what had […]

New Year's Day Celebration at the White House: Fish Fry!

The clan gathered at the central Texas White House on Saturday to do all those things that a large group of relatives enjoy while kicking off a new year: Eat, visit, eat, tell fish-story whoppers tales, eat, hold the World Championship in Mexican Train, eat some more, play music, snack, toss the football around […]

Ode to the Humble, Fighting Pea: Recipes for the New Year

I’m sure there’s a legend somewhere about the black-eyed pea, and how it got its black eye fighting for some noble cause. (Rather like something that Rudyard Kipling might write, given his Just So Stories.) Even though they won, they still got a black eye.

They also have a bit of a “black eye” as […]

Monday Review: Amy's and Cathy's, Best Sandwiches in Seguin!

It’s been a while since I reviewed an eatery. Last week I found the perfect candidate: Amy’s and Cathy’s Takeout, on the square in Seguin. This little-known eatery is a gem, a real find in the sleepy little town I now call home. (Again.) Amy and Cathy use an interesting business model: Serve home-made […]