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Two-Steppin’ Country Music and Texas-Style Dinner in Belmont

Sometimes you come across a novel place way out in the country. (Or maybe, if you’re lucky, your friends find the place for you.) We’re not talking about fancy places in this category. But maybe the kind of food you grew up on. Comforting stuff, like chicken-fried steak, or frog legs; you know what […]

Florida, Day 1: Flying, Three Birds Tavern, and Apple Pork Chops

Saturday morning, way too early, we oozed out of bed, grabbed our bags and headed to Bergstrom Airport for our trip to Tampa. Checking in went smoothly enough, given that we were sleepwalking through the whole process. As dawn did its dawning thing I managed to find a nice cuppa Joe at one of […]

Another “Too Many Tomatoes” Solution, and Green Too

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

Most of us who have dirt-stained pants knees nurture vegetable gardens south of the Dixon-Mason Line have now reached a common state of affairs. The tomatoes now look like Little Shop of Horrors plants, just as we’re all getting a bit tired of tomatoes for dinner. […]

Happy Father’s Day, Undergrounders…

Nothing much going on here except the heat; 105° F today in the backyard. The weatherman’s teasing us with rain chances mid-week, which I’m sure they’ll pull away at the last minute, like Lucy taking away the football before Charlie can launch the game-winning field goal through the uprights. Oh well; maybe they figure […]

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 […]

Road Trip! Los Angeles, Here We Come

The American Chemical Society is holding their annual Spring meeting in Anaheim, and I’m running the show there…

Well, in a way I am. I’ll be the MC for one of the Symposia. The most important one, of course. On Industrial Problem Solving. And no, we won’t need smelling salts to keep the audience awake. […]

Recipe du Jour: Pulled Pork and Waffles

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

Some of you may know of the great Southern comfort-food dish, Chicken and Waffles. (It’s actually German/Dutch in origin!) If not, I bet many of you know about pulled pork, as barbeque or in sandwiches. It’s not required that this meat be “barbeque style” with sauce, […]

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 […]