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Best and Worst Appetizers: How Do You Pick?

I pick spicy whenever I can, of course. These days, everybody’s into the low-calorie, high-fiber, hardly-any-taste-at-all sort of things that aren’t really designed to pump up my appetite. And isn’t that what an appetizer is supposed to do? Okay, I agree, maybe they shouldn’t be so filling that they displace the meal; although sometimes wifey […]

Bon Appétit’s Here! Time to Dig In…

The first issue of my new subscription to Bon Appétit arrived, and boy is it chock-full of tasty ideas! I’ll have more on the contents later, but the first thing I opened the magazine to got me so excited I had to share…

Right up front they have an article about deviled eggs, one of my […]

The HomeField (Grill) Advantage

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

As Seen in Beertown Austin

Nolan Ryan was one of the all-time great pitchers, and he’s become a “hometown boy” in practically every city and town in Texas. In central Texas, he’s still involved with baseball, through (part-) ownership of the Round Rock Express. People who […]

The New St. Valentine's Day Masacree (or How White's Rule Got Revised): LongHorn Steakhouse Review

White’s Rule (Original Version): Don’t eat at a new restaurant until the novelty wears off.

I had good reasons for that rule. Brand-new places seldom have their kitchen working optimally, their wait staff are learning how to work as a team, and more. So it’s hard to get a real read on the quality and […]

Superbowl Snacks and Old Recipe Books

The “Big Game” is only a few days away now, and you’re thinking about how to make your party a bit different. With the Packers and Steelers matched up, this could be a classic game; you’d like your event to be remembered as a classic too! (Not like that time uncle Al got classically […]

Friday Follies: How to Pour a Beer Every Second (Almost)

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Okay, so it’s nearly time for the Super Bowl, and you really, really want to impress the gang that will attack descend on your domicile like the Vandals sacking Rome. Maybe you can make some of those cute little snacks? You know, the ones where […]

Cajun Popcorn, a Louisiana Favorite

Mud bugs are the national crustacean of Louisiana. They’re boiled, fried, steamed, put into stews and soups, and otherwise consumed with a passion that surpasses all reason. Heck, even my spouse likes them, and she’s never been to Louisiana. (At least not that she’ll admit.) Believe me, it’s an acquired taste. If you’ve acquired […]

Tis the Season: Gruyere and Onion Fondue

Let’s say you’ve got an intimate little party planned, and then you find out (to your complete horror) that some of the guests don’t like zesty food! Now What?

Well, you could cancel the whole thing. But why be a Grinch? Or you could uninvite the troublesome guests and get some new ones. That’s good for […]