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A Few of My Favorite Things: Pepper Vinegar and Sichuan Dipping Spice

Recipes don’t need to be big, daunting processes. Sometimes they’re so simple it’s probably not quite right to call them a recipe. However, it’s the simple, little items that make a good meal great. Additional flavors, things you can add that maybe others at the table don’t want (they have their own foibles, I’m sure). […]

Lemon Ginger Marmalade, an Easy Spread to Make

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

The quest for the perfect, homemade Christmas present continues! I’m now experimenting with yellow-colored sweet spreads. I made a nice-sized pot of lemon marmalade, infused with fresh ginger. And I must say, this stuff was ridiculously easy to make…

First, let me say that everything […]

Friday Follies: New York to Ban Salt in Restaurants?

It’s clearly the Silly Season in legislatures around the country and ’round the globe. Bad economic times are driving governments to try the strangest methods for reordering society. A cynical person might even go so far as to say it’s only about getting more money into the government coffers. With the state of our […]

How the Big Salami Turned Into the Big Salmonella

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted a notice that at least 245 people have been infected with the outbreat strain of Salmonella Montevideo. These unfortunate folks are spread about in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The first reported case was on our about July 1, 2009. (2009!!) No […]

MOED: Berberi, a Universal Holiday Seasoning

So your Christmas holidays are getting boring these days, eh? You don’t have any food traditions, you just keep eating the same stuff every year. Turkey, check. Ham, ho hum. Green Bean Casserole? Yeah, and even though there’s never any left, it’s still the same ol’ casserole your great-granny used to make and serve.

What […]

Friday Follies: Cajun Seasoning Wars Heat Up, and So Long, Jolt

One of the world’s great commercial treasures, the Cajun seasoning company Walker & Sons (makers of the “Slap Ya Mama” line of Cajun seasoning), has taken the spice wars to a level not seen since the British East India Company sought to dominate the spice routes from far Cathay. You see, they’re suing “Punch […]

Keep the Green All Year 'Round with Herb and Chile Paste

Nowadays it’s easy to get fresh herbs most any time of the year. Most supermarkets keep a nice variety on hand, it seems; as do specialty grocers. Parsley (flat and curly), cilantro, leeks (yes, I think of these as an herb); sometimes the less often used ones, like dill and fennel. Still, there are times […]

Texas Monthly Dry Chili Rub

The latest Texas Monthly has a lot of interesting contents. Within the first few pages I saw this one recipe, in a small column on the right side near the spine. The more I looked at it, the more I decided it was worth a try. Here’s the recipe:

1/4 cup prepared chili powder
1/4 cup […]