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Can You Get Swine Flu From Being a Pig at the Thanksgiving Table?

I felt bad all day. I’m sure it couldn’t be due to overeating on Thanksgiving like a hungry pig at a trough of fresh acorns. Some of my nephews have had the swine H1N1 influenza, but that was weeks ago; they can’t still be infectious, can they? Not that I’m paranoid or anything, you […]

Man Does Not Live by Rice Alone: Cajun Focaccia

Sometimes you just want something a little different with your Cajun or Creole food. I mean, You Can’t Have Rice With Every Meal, can you? (Well, if you’re in Louisiana, maybe you can.) With that in mind, I offer this recipe from a great chef (and honorary Cajun), Emeril Lagasse:

Caramelized Onion Focaccia

I first saw […]

Friday Follies: Mona Lisa Smile, Interrupted by Ronald McDonald

I don’t know if this is evidence of the advanced state of the French culture, or (more likely) proof that Europe is sliding into complete rot and decadence. It IS verification that fast food is more acceptable and accesible than ever before…

A recent report confirms that McDonald’s will be opening at the Louvre. Yes, […]

No Food Today, It's Down to the Courthouse

I won’t have time to work up a nice Spicy italian dish for today. You see, it’s my day in court…

Oh, not as a plaintiff. And luckily, not as a defendant. (I think all those warrants have expired.) No, Some lucky folks are going to have me as their fellow juror! I don’t think […]

Italian for Labor Day? Well, Why Not?

Okay, so it sounds odd. Labor Day, the unofficial end to summer here in the States, is often a mad paroxysm of travel, camping, beach and water fun, football games (college and high school this year; the NFL took a break) and cookouts. Here in Texas, it’s often just an excuse for another long […]

Follies Extra: Old Gravy Gets a New Lease on Life, and Bacon & Eggs Like You’ve Never Tasted Before

There was so much looniness and odd food info important Follies news this week that Friday couldn’t hold it all. So hang onto your hats, folks, we’re going for Extra Innings on the Follies front with a Special Saturday Bonus Edition…

I forget whether it was Erma Bombeck or Rita Rudner who quipped, “At our […]

Sorry to Burst Your Bubble, But RO*TEL Plus Velveeta Does Not Equal Queso

A recent post on Slashfood asks, “What the hell is that?” The author, Jose Ralat Maldonado, explored the “queso” that is Velveeta and RO*TEL prepared tomatoes and chiles (and that’s the last time I’ll use that silly trademark). One of his premises is that Texans love the stuff. Another is that this mix was […]

Friday Follies: Drinking, Swine Flu and Bacony Drinks

Because absolutely nobody else will bring the news to you quite the way we here at the Chile Underground do, we’re bringing you this important update on the Swine H1N1 Flu Pandemic and its impact on sports. Sports fans, really…

Reuters recently reported that the head of the Russian soccer fan association (VOB), Alexander Shprygin, […]