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National Tequila Day: It’s Not Just for Mexico Anymore…

Tequila will always be connected to Mexico, home of the blue agave plant this enticing spirit is made from. Whether consumed as straight shots or mixed beverages, tequila has an avid following. If music is any gauge, this fan base has been around for decades: Jim Reeves recorded Drinking Tequila in 1955. There are many […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Kick

Butter. Chocolate. Chiles. A new food trinity! It’s found in spicy chocolate chip cookies (among other great dishes). Add the other basic ingredients and you can make all kinds of cookies: Chewy or crisp; thick or thin; bite-sized or humongous. A special treat in any case!

We’re also coming into Hatch chile season. Mild or hot, […]

Pepper Jelly Makes a Great Christmas Present

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

Pineapple during the Holidays? It’s not just for ham anymore!

I’ve been making all sorts of pepper jellies in the run-up to Christmas. Late-year fruit usually are the firmer ones: Pears, apples, quince and the like. I’ve used some red pears in a pear-prickly pear-red chiles […]

More Summertime Fruit Pepper Jellies

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

You can get almost any fruit you want, whenever you want it, thanks to our grocery industry. But don’t they taste best when they’re in season? That’s why I make so much pepper jelly this time of year…

Dark sweet cherries have been available in our […]

White Flesh Peach Zingjam, a Refreshing Topping

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

Some of the fruit available this summer is the best looking and tasting I’ve seen in a while. Large, juicy apricots with a rose and coral blushes on them. Sweet cherries that are blemish-free and ready to make an explosion of flavor in your mouth. […]

Playing With Your Food (and Your Mom Would Approve): Shabu Hot Pot & Noodle Bar

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

This tale begins with a trip with my spouse into north Austin to buy a bicycle. Although the story has roots further back, for me…

A spring sale at Performance Bicycles had my wife looking to buy her dream bike for well less than list. Their closest outlet […]

Best. Burritos. Ever…

This weekend the weather turned off cool and crisp. Not cold, I don’t think my veggie plants are in any danger, but cooler than I like this time of year. (Then again, I’m into shorts and bare feet by Texas Independence.) Cool weather is a good excuse to break out the slow cooker and make […]

March Madness, With Mangos…

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

The annual university-level basketball tournament is under way, and in a few weeks one team will be crowned champion. The media hype is already at an all-time high, and the frenzy will only accelerate as the Final Four meet and one team emerges victorious.

There’s not […]