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Why This May Be the Last Christmas Ever

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Some items you see, you just know they signal the impending doom of the universe. Our most recent sighting, here at the Chile Underground, involves toast. But not just any toast: Oh no, we’re talking truly, uhh, divine cauterized crusts…

Me thinks you seem skeptical. Well […]

A Meal That Makes You Glad You Have Leftovers From Thanksgiving

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and that you’re now trying to figure out what to do with the leftovers. Well, maybe this will sharpen your appetite for a Dagwood sandwich of turkey, ham, dressing, cranberry sauce and gravy…

A freshman at the University of […]

Armadillo as Weapon, Bar Fun With Guns, and Another Humongous Burger

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Arguably, it’s about food. Or at least what somebody thought was good enough to eat…

A woman from the Dallas area was assaulted by a man. Common story, right? Well, hold on, now. It gets better. Seems the man was selling a frozen armadillo to the […]

Swallow a Frog First Thing…

Everybody’s got advice about how to make your day go better, especially if they know you’re about to have a bad one (or several in a row). The old saw “Swallow a frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse can happen to you all day” is even used as management advice, or […]

Jessica, Your Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly is Ready

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

(Note: This spread isn’t exactly a pepper jelly, although I include it in the Series. Makes it easier to find, after all. Besides, my blog, my choice. You want it someplace else, get your own blog…)

Texas has plenty of prickly pear to go around. […]

Important News Concerning Two Essential Food Groups: Beer and Hamburgers

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Beer and hamburgers go together like apple pie and sharp Cheddar. Like pork and beans. Like Cheech and Chong. (Well, okay; maybe a borderline choice there.) Like bacon and eggs and syrup and pancakes. Like Burns and Allen. You get the picture.

That’s what makes today’s […]

Follies: Edible Clay, Eu de Play-Doh, and a Website You Can’t Live Without

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Kids will eat anything. Which leads to toys like Yummy Dough’s edible clay. Roll it, shape it, bake it, eat it. Seems I’m only about 50 years or so too late; mom always hated it when I ate clay from the back yard. Did wonders for […]

Are You Joining the Artisanal Ketchup Revolution?

Ketchup. That red glop that kids use to hide the taste of everything from broccoli to bananas. It’s somehow seen as quintessentially American, although we didn’t invent it. It’s not even the top-selling topping in the States; mayonnaise and salsa both sell better. And until recently, it’s not been seen as a target for […]