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Easter Sunday Dinner: A Poor Experience at a Usually Reliable Locale

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

The Clan gathered from all the corners of the Civilized World (that is, Texas) for a traditional Easter Sunday dinner after church. With three generations present, from the Matriarch Herself down to Little Miss Too Cute and the latest anklebiter addition, Master Dimples (he’s threatening to […]

Scattering to the Winds: California Pizza Kitchen, then Home

By early this morning, the Symposium gang had scattered to their respective bases. Some had to get up in the middle of the night, as they had early flights from LAX. I can sympathize with wanting to get home, but most of them were complaining the night before that they were going back into […]

The Best Symposium Ever at ACS, and Celebrating at Buca di Beppo's

A tradition of sorts continued today as we all gathered at Molly’s for a filling breakfast. Anil, another of the Symposium speakers, was in attendance already, and he joined us after he finished up with his other friends. We talked around the table about any last-minute details, then we scattered; some to visit the […]

Man Does Not Live by Rice Alone: Cajun Focaccia

Sometimes you just want something a little different with your Cajun or Creole food. I mean, You Can’t Have Rice With Every Meal, can you? (Well, if you’re in Louisiana, maybe you can.) With that in mind, I offer this recipe from a great chef (and honorary Cajun), Emeril Lagasse:

Caramelized Onion Focaccia

I first saw […]

Spicy Italian: Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle

It’s been downright cold around here the past few days (although warming up today). Shoot, it was down in the high fifties a couple days ago, with rain. Yes, rain! Our two Goldens (Sonia and Whiskey) didn’t quite know what to make of it. Sonia wanted to stay on the porch, and Whiskey kept […]

Fish 4 Friday: Easy Salmon Rigatoni

There are lots of quick-to-make fish dishes, because fish itself cooks so quickly. Salmon is no exception! These days, salmon is very popular and relatively inexpensive, mainly due to aquaculture efforts. (That means fish farming, in case your link to Dictionary.com is busted.) I’m always on the lookout for new techniques for preparing fish, […]

Spicy Pasta Even a Kid Will Love to Eat

I’m not sure what makes pepperoni so good – if it’s the pepper or the oni. – Ulrik Stephens

By now you must be thinking that all Italian dishes have pasta in them. That’s simply not true! (I saw one, once, that didn’t.) But yes, a lot of them do. […]

Destroy the Monday Blues with Spicy Italian Sausage and Pasta

I was in the grocery yesterday and for some reason I looked in the fresh meats section. There wasn’t anything on the shopping list I needed from there; I really wasn’t even supposed to be in that part of the store. Follow your instincts, though, I always say! I looked up and there were […]