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He’s BAAaaack…

Well, that was a bit longer outage than intended. Things happen, though. Like working undercover. Yep, that’s right folks, the Chile Doctor has been doing Serious Investigative Work.

Sounds a lot better than slacking off, doesn’t it…

Actually, I did something I said I’d never do again. I took a job. Talk about messing up one’s life! […]

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 […]

Five Sites Friday: Slow Cooker Tips, Anyone?

It’s cold weather, most places. Soups, stews and the like are great, filling fare for those who have to do anything outdoors. Families where everyone goes to work or school can benefit from a cooking method that doesn’t require a lot of watching. Combine these ideas and you naturally turn to the slow cooker, like […]

When There’s Trouble in the Kitchen, These Books Can Help

This past Holiday season I received two interesting books about cooking: “How to Break an Egg” by the Editors, Contributors and Readers of Fine Cooking Magazine, and “12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets” by Susan Sampson. The first volume has over 1,400 tips, fixes, substitutions and techniques. The latter is a huge trade paperback with over […]

Cooking With Booze (and Even Putting Some in the Food)

I love cooking with alcoholic beverages. I sometimes put some in the food too. Beer, wine, brandy, whiskey and more, they’re all fair game for the cookpot. Especially if you’re trying to impress your date or significant other with something spectacular, like a flambé of a fancy dish. Take it from an expert, though: […]

Overpaying in This Economy’s a Crime; Are You Guilty?

Forbes recently published an article about household items you may be paying too much for these days. Common items like aspirin (it’s pretty much all made by the same process), fancy cleaners (vinegar and baking soda get a lot of things out, and Bar Keepers Friend isn’t costly), shampoo and other beauty products (most of […]

Happy New Year! Time For Resolutions, and Have We Got a Deal For You…

Okay, right up front, here’s the deal: You need to be cooking more! That’s the deal. So that should be your main resolution. Why is that, you ask? Here are a few reasons:

It’s healthier for you than eating out as much has you have been. (Yes, I’ve seen you.)
It’s more fun to cook for […]

Summer’s Over, School is Here: Let the Games Begin!

Classes haven’t officially started yet, but we’re ramping up here at the University for Yet Another Semester. It’s my first as full-time faculty, and I’m already about a month behind. Or so. Teaching a full load of chemistry classes and labs at a liberal-arts school isn’t for the faint of heart! I’ll be leading […]