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Epicure: More Than a Fancy Foodie Word, It’s Also a Great Gift Shop and Deli

Visiting Mom this week presented some nice opportunities to relax. Yesterday my best wife and I headed into downtown Boerne for a little look-see and maybe some shopping. The town’s clearly not the sleepy little village I grew up in; no, there’s all sorts of shops, attractions and activities nowadays.

One of Mom’s friends suggested we […]

Street Food Rules!

It seems that “street food” in all it’s variety is the hottest trend in eating these days. Both the Food Network and the Cooking Channel have shows and specials about street stalls and food trucks, which have proliferated immensely in recent times in cities all across America.

Of course, street food didn’t get its start here. […]

Two Cookbooks for Christmas: A First Look

Because of varied and incompatible schedules the Elves of the Underground held an early gift exchange (by invitation only; sorry if yours got lost in the Christmas mail rush) for select portions of the Clan. I was the winner (of course), as I got a couple of very fine cookbooks from Deniz, Paula Jo’s […]

Ever Thought of Writing a Cookbook? Here’s a Recipe…

Anyone who likes to collect, edit or build recipes has probably thought about publishing their own cookbook. (Yeah, I’m talking to you.) I know I’ve thought about it a lot. I’ve got ten big binders of recipes I’ve collected, each of them at least two inches thick (some three). And there are a lot […]

Wifey Brings Home the Bacon, er, Books

My spouse took a friend of hers on a road trip this past weekend. They headed over to my mom’s place so they could all play together with a massive pile of fabric. (At least that was their excuse.) I stayed home to babysit an ailing pup, and to generally goof off, drink beer […]

August BOM: The Healthy College Cookbook

Ah, college eats. Pizza. Beer. (For some, at least.) Sub sandwiches. Pop-Tarts. Hamburgers and hot dogs, if you’re really living well. Canned chili. Ramen noodles. Microwave burritos. (In fact, anything that comes in an easy-off wrapper and fits in the micro.) Popcorn. Cookies and pretzels and gummi bears, usually as a three-course dinner. Gatorade […]

Fish 4 Friday: Shrimp Étouffée

If you watch Emeril Live (and who doesn’t?) you’ve probably seen him make this dish. As a naturalized Cajun, Emeril knows how to make this stuff well! And I learned how from him. After all, we’re bestest buds now that I stood in line for seven hours to get one of his books autographed […]

Book of the Month: Who's Your Mama?

There are plenty of Cajun and Creole cookbooks out there, including some award winners. Marcelle Bienvenu has written several. None are more interesting, or have been better received, than the Book of the Month: “Who’s Your Mama, Is She Catholic, and Can She Make a Roux?” If you enjoy Cajun and Creole, this book should […]