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Happy Birthday, Jessica Cooks…

Cooking is an important life skill. Says so right here, on my cue card for the day. If you can’t cook then you’re completely reliant on others for the quality of your eats. Fast food drive-throughs; glop in a microwavable cup; takeout from Fat Charlie’s down the block; restaurants, where you can actually get good […]

Birthday Pickles

My father-in-law recently had a birthday. To help him drown his sorrows celebrate, I made him some of Alton Brown’s world-famous Firecrackers. They didn’t last long, as expected. He never told me if they cured his depression made his day, but the way they disappeared…

Since I was messing up the kitchen anyway, I went […]

Gandhi’s Birthday Feast

Today is Gandhi’s Birthday, a major holiday in India. He is revered as the father of modern India, now 60+ years ago. A man of strong will and gentle ways, he led the (mostly) nonviolent ejection of the British from their largest colony, and was featured on the cover of Time magazine three times. He […]

Happy "Birthday: Chile Underground: A visit to Matt's Famous El Rancho

Everybody’s having birthdays these days. It’s so fashionable that I hear some folks celebrate one every year! Imagine that.

Matt’s Famous El Rancho just celebrated 56 years of serving great Mexican food here in Austin, for instance. I had lunch there today to help them celebrate. Well, okay; not to help them celebrate, exactly. I was […]