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Salsa Proves Too Hot for Owner; He’s Smoked…

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

In the Stupidest Food Crime (So Far Today) Category:

A Mexican national drove his farm tractor up to the Otay Mesa cargo checkpoint. In the attached trailer were many boxes, all labeled hot sauce. The U.S. Customs officials put the trailer through their convenient, drive-through x-ray […]

Instant Noodles: Paldo Hot & Spicy Yukejang Noodles

Today for lunch I tried something different. Oh, I’m still working through my new collection of instant noodles! I had never, ever tried Korean instant noodles before, though. One of the bowls I grabbed on my recent run through the MT Supermarket was Paldo’s Hot & Spicy Noodle, Yukejang style.

Yukejang has many alternative spellings: […]

Traveling to The Gourmet Chili Pepper and Salsa Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas

I attended the Gourmet Chili Pepper and Salsa Festival on Saturday, at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. This is a small, mostly-vendor gathering, and it was hot! I mean the weather; it was 106 degrees F at two in the afternoon, with intense sun and no clouds.

Oh, the food, you ask? Lots of samples; more […]

Malaysian Cuisine I: Two Interesting Sauces

Modern Malaysia is a land of many contrasts. There are places of crushing poverty, and areas of rampant wealth and excess. Often these are separated by as little as a street or a fence. There are signs of the British occupation and rule, and many places where it appears the British never showed up. Christan […]

A Thai Dinner Party at Home, Part I

I found a stash of recipes I’ve worked on before and then somehow forgotten. Someday I gotta get organized! In the meantime, I’d like to share this collection of Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian dishes. I’ll be adding them to Dad’s Chile Cookbook, and of course I’ll upload the majority of them to the Recipes du […]

Homesick Again

I woke up homesick this morning. For a place I visit infrequently, and not since January of 2007. Yang Ming Shan, the mountain park and resort only a city bus ride from downtown Taipei, Taiwan, is the area I mean. In particular, the village of Zhu Zi Hu, or Bamboo Lake in American-speak, was on […]

The Big Nut

I’ve been spending time in the Home of the World’s Largest Pecan: Seguin,Texas. I had meetings with faculty at Texas Lutheran University, where I will take a short sabbatical in the spring. I went to school there, more years ago than I care to mention in public, and the school has […]