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Holiday Marmalade with Habaneros and Prickly Pear Juice

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

Citrus fruit of all sorts are available this season, in high quality and at good prices. Marmalade is fairly easy to make, especially if you’re a patient sort. I’ve gotten to where I make nice-sized batches of this spread, mostly for Christmas stocking gifts.

This year […]

Breaking News: Pfall ChiliPfest Tomorrow!

For both the Underground fans all you thousands of readers from Pflugerville, get your hongry on! The 2012 Pfall ChiliPfest is tomorrow, in beautiful, downtown Pflugerville. The kickoff is at 11 A.M., though there will be a community fitness walk starting at 10:30 (to help build up that appetite even further). The weather prediction’s great […]

Branch BBQ in Wells Branch: A Local Secret?

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

Recently I met the spouse for a quick lunch, and we were planning to eat pho at one of our local favorites. However, Mai Lien was closed for the day (not permanently, thank goodness!), so we were at a bit of a loose end. Just down the […]

Salt Lick BBQ in Round Rock: More Than Finger-Licking Good

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

Way back on Fat Tuesday, the bride and I headed out to get, well, fat. I mean, there’s no way you gain any weight during Lent, right? Besides, it’s a tradition. And who are we to buck tradition?

We had a problem, though; what to eat? We’d normally […]

The Top 101 Restaurants in America (Including Some Right Near Here)

Whether you dine out for the food, the atmosphere, the view, or any combination, there are some fine eateries on the 2012 list published by The Daily Meal. (Visit the link for a slideshow.) Of course, there are so many styles, cuisines and so on, that it’s actually a bit cheeky to try to winnow […]

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Round Rock: Great Meat; As For the Rest…

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

I was out and about the other day, for the first time in a while, and it happened to be at about time for an early dinner. I was starving, having had an apple and some crackers for lunch. As I drove along the front of a […]

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 […]

A Big Surprise: Crispy Clangers Recipe

There’s never a delicate way to put this, but there’s an ingredient out there that’s involved in Texas folklore that, well, can be used to prove a man’s, uhh, manhood. Often called Rocky Mountain Oysters or Prairie Oysters, there are many ways these ovoid morsels get prepared for consumption. Leave it to a woman, Jennifer […]