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Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Jam

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

The lowly onion. A kitchen staple, key to so many dishes, yet most always a supporting actor, seldom the main character. Okay, French Onion Soup features this tasty root well, as does a nice plate of onion rings, hot from the oil. (Yes, onion rings […]

The Summer of Grilling Continues: Hamburgers, Onions, Pineapple

The weekends were made for grilling, of course. Every Real Man knows that. Now that my package of replacement grill parts arrived Saturday morning, I’m set to produce some Industrial Strength cookout goodies! First, though, I

The denizens of the Ranch were working on fence a lot in the morning, so they didn’t feel like […]

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 […]

Tis the Season: Root for Vegetables!

Not everything on the Underground’s Yule Feast table is strange and different. (The diners, that’s quite another matter.) One vegetable that has to make a Holiday appearance is the humble potato. Whipped, mashed, fried, roasted, boiled or baked, the potato is too versatile to leave out.

We also like onions this time of year, and mushrooms […]

Smoke and Fire: A Special Salsa

(Just one quick post and then we’ll be back to Iyer’s “660 Curries.” This post is in honor of my research team at Texas Lutheran University; it’s been a great summer!)

I’ve had salsas of all kinds over the years, growing up in Texas. I always enjoy the roasted ones the best. Some people don’t try […]

Make Spicy Pickles and Save Money!

With food and gas prices rising and the economy tanking, many Americans are rediscovering techniques and dishes that are “frugal.” Unfortunately, this often means bland, or tasteless, or just plain ol’ disgusting.

In some cases, it also means a lot more work at home, just when people are putting in more hours, working or looking for […]