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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 […]

Here’s a Dinner You Can Make When You’re Too Tired to Cook

I know, life’s hard and you get home tired; traffic’s been a bear, the weather’s cold, and everybody’s hungry. Cooking is such a chore then, even if all it involves is punching the button on the microwave. Well, here’s a simple soup you can fix that doesn’t take any more effort than that, really. Well, […]

What Do You Have for Sunday Lunch When It’s Cold and Wet?

Stew? A hearty soup? Chili? Maybe something from the slow cooker?

I like any of those choices, and since it’s usually indoor time when the weather’s nasty out, cooking’s a joy. I take my time and check the dish regularly while I work on fiction or something equally gentle. We don’t have snow down here, thank […]

More Soups and Stews Than You Can Shake a Spoon At…

My wife enjoys the magazine “Real Simple.” The part I read involves cooking and recipes. That’s gotten me to take a look at (and finally bookmark) the Real Simple website.

To show you some of the great ideas shown over there, here’s a link to their 45 Savory Soups and Stews. Yep, that’s right; 45 soups […]

It’s Soup Weather! What’s Your Favorite?

Cold; oh so cold! How cold is it?

It’s so cold that stainless flatware is sticking to tongues.
Hitchhikers are holding pictures of thumbs.
My optician is giving away free ice scrapers with every new pair of glasses.
Starbucks is starting a new product line: Coffee on a stick.
We’re taking everything out of the […]

Welfare Soup, Good for You AND Your Budget

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

Many of us have changed our lifestyles in the continuing travails of the economic downturn. I know, the government says we’re recovering. Unemployment’s still high too. Oh, we’re buying more specialty foods, which is a good sign.

Some of us can’t afford those specialty foods, though. […]

Can You Spell Avgolemono? A Spicy Greek Soup…

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

Greek food isn’t a popular cuisine in most of America. Oh, it’s got its fans, and they’re unwavering in singing praises for dishes from Greece and the Aegean area. Still, in many locations it’s very hard to find any Greek food, let alone stuff that’s […]

A Creamy Cheese Soup That's Good for You

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

Until I got to graduate school, I detested broccoli. In any form. It was often bitter, and usually overcooked. Even butter or cheese sauce couldn’t hide the taste or the texture.

Why the change at grad school? Well, I could have my own garden. In fact, […]