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Zesty Curry French Fries, and a Great Ketchup Interpretation

Ah, the tasty and popular fried potato; another great American invention. (Quibble if you must, but the other claims of origin are surely false, right?) They’re everywhere. Fast-food outlets; everyday restaurants; even up-scale steak places. Cruise the frozen food aisles at your grocer’s and you’ll find a bewildering assortment of options. All sorts of shapes […]

Puttanesca: Naughty Name, Great Flavors for Fish

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2012»

The word sounds sorta funny, and most Americans smile when they hear it. What’s it mean? It’s short for “alla Puttanesca,” or “in the style of a prostitute.”

Now before you get your nose out of joint, consider: It’s really got nothing to do with sex, unless […]

Here’s a Dinner You Can Make When You’re Too Tired to Cook

I know, life’s hard and you get home tired; traffic’s been a bear, the weather’s cold, and everybody’s hungry. Cooking is such a chore then, even if all it involves is punching the button on the microwave. Well, here’s a simple soup you can fix that doesn’t take any more effort than that, really. Well, […]

Month of Eating Dangerously: Curried Stuffed Potatoes

Okay, I didn’t want to start out too boldly here. I’m kind of a “rush into things slowly” sort of guy at times. So I chose an easy recipe; one you can hit over the fence on the first swing, with your eyes closed. And it’s not that spicy, unless you want to make […]

The Perfect Bachelor’s Hot Meal in Seven Minutes or Less

Summer Research kicks off today at Texas Lutheran University, and I’m invited (again) to join the astonishingly fabulous faculty in Chemistry. It’s hard work and harder thinking, but very satisfying! (Good thing too, given the pay rate.) The only small quibble for me, I have the exact same students I had last summer.

I suppose […]

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 […]