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Here Comes Alex! Better Get Some Grilling Done This Week...

Tropical Storm Alex, the first of the 2010 Atlantic season, is churning its way across the Yucatan Peninsula today. Everybody knows what that means, right? Yep, you got it in one: Time to Grill!

Texans need excuses to grill, you see. And impending wind and rain sounds like a good enough excuse to me! I’m […]

Better Roast Chicken, the Real Man Way: Cinnamon Curry Beer-Can Chicken

Who doesn’t like roast chicken? It’s a favorite, naturally. And since the invention of Beer-Can Chicken, even Real Men have enjoyed their roasted bird, because it involves drinking beer, setting fires, scorching animals and eating with their fingers. (If it also had something to to with nubile wenches of negotiable affection, said Real Men would […]

The Perfect Bachelor’s Hot Meal in Seven Minutes or Less

Summer Research kicks off today at Texas Lutheran University, and I’m invited (again) to join the astonishingly fabulous faculty in Chemistry. It’s hard work and harder thinking, but very satisfying! (Good thing too, given the pay rate.) The only small quibble for me, I have the exact same students I had last summer.

I suppose […]

Friday Follies: Time For Barbeque Wars

CNN.com recently announced the Quest for the Best Barbeque. They’re a little late off the mark here, that Quest started long before Ulysses found out his favorite ribs joint had been burned flat at Troy, took a wrong turn and ten years later found himself in Ithaca. I’ve been to that part of New […]

Cool Weather Zest: Green Chile Stew

Cool weather’s on its way, even to central Texas! Time to drag out the recipes for hearty soups, stews and chilis. Life’s too short for wimpy cold-weather fare!

Here’s a dish that mimics a chile verde a bit, but isn’t quite as time-intensive to make:

Green Chile Stew

This stew is plenty green, and if you use hot […]

Thai Curry at Angels 350

The Chile Underground’s Grand India Tour and Month-Long Snarf-Fest Curry Expedition got off to a prosaic, even mudane start, with a short hop from Austin to Dallas. With winds from the north at both airports (Thank You Gustav!), the pilot barely had to maneuver at all; up and down, 31 minutes and done. Shoot, I […]

One Last Curry (For Now)

After reading through Iyer’s “660 Curries” the last couple of weeks (and that’s just enough time to skim the bloody humongous book!), I got inspired to try my hand at a dish. I was mulling over how to make it novel or unique when my daughter (the inscrutable chefette Jessica) said, “Why not try a […]

Hellfire and Brimstone on Burn’em Up Thursday: Jamaican Brown Fish Stew, Hellfire Chicken

No, I’m not opening a branch of the Church of the Underground. However, I’m giving you plenty of advance warning: Today’s dishes are about as zesty-hot as they can get without being puréed Bhut Jolokias. Despite that, there’s more flavor here than you might assume.

I’ve gotten in the habit of posting fish & seafood dishes […]