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Heavenly Beef and Guinness Pie

Cool weather is here, and though it wasn’t a typical Texas scorcher this past summer, I’m ready for the comfort foods of autumn. (How hot was it last summer? I hear it made the Jehovah’s Witnesses take up telemarketing.) One of those foods is pot pie, and the pot pie’s close cousin, the pasty.

I recently […]

The Venerable Hamburger In the News: Moving Beyond Simple Fast Food

Since its “invention” the lowly hamburger has grown to be perhaps the most popular sandwich on the globe. Okay, so maybe the burger didn’t get invented so much as it evolved with the times. In any case, there’s still a bit of a controversy over who invented this tasty sandwich (and when). Does it really […]

Seems the Only Brains Around Were All Frozen…

A trio of Sudanese travelers had a big plan. However, they forgot just one thing: They need to have more brains than the Egyptian customs officers they had to fool for their plan to work. Which, it turns out, was true, sort of; just not in a functional way…

The three men were attempting to smuggle […]

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 […]

Speed Challenge: On-the-Spot Slumgullion

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

I was issued an impromptu cooking challenge on Sunday. Seems daughterperson and her beau suddenly found themselves short of time, and also in need of a meal. My snide aside cogent observation that sleeping in was the culprit of their compressed schedule nearly got me beat […]

This Stew Will Make You (Feel) Pregnant

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

My wife had a tough time of it when she was pregnant. Four months of morning sickness, and often days when she couldn’t keep anything down all day long. Ever since then she’s never been a morning person. (I claim there’s a direct causal link.)

My […]

Recipe du Jour: Slow-Cooker Burrito Beef, and Baked Burritos

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

One dish that my spouse and I have fine-tuned to our tastes over the years is baked beef burritos. This past week I tried a variation in the meat preparation that we really liked. Maybe you can try something like this for your next homemade Tex-Mex […]

Spicy Italian: Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle

It’s been downright cold around here the past few days (although warming up today). Shoot, it was down in the high fifties a couple days ago, with rain. Yes, rain! Our two Goldens (Sonia and Whiskey) didn’t quite know what to make of it. Sonia wanted to stay on the porch, and Whiskey kept […]