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What Does a Redneck Put on Salads? Hillbilly Tomatoes, of Course…

Heirloom tomatoes are all the rage these days. Why? In my opinion, Americans want more flavor. In everything. Typical store-boughten tomatoes don’t seem to have much savor or aroma these days. They’re “designed” and optimized to stand up to the rigors of logistics: Picking, stacking, storing, shipping, more storing, and so on. They’re usually picked […]

The Ides of March and the Invention of the Caesar Salad

Today is the Ides of March, according to historical tradition. It’s the day that Julius Caesar passed on. Legend has it that he died violently at the hands of his best friend, Brutus. (That’s where the term “brutally” comes from.) Truth is stranger than legend, though, and the truth is, dear departed Julius didn’t […]

F4F Returns: Citrus and Lobster Salad

Walking through my favorite up-scale supermarket last week, I noticed that lobsters were reasonably priced (relatively speaking, of course). I got to wondering, what can you do with these things this time of year? (I’m not from Maine, I don’t even know anybody from there; I guess you’d say I’m lobster-challenged.)

Here’s an idea: Citrus […]

F4F: Red Curry Mahi Mahi Salad

Courtesy Food Network Magazine, November/December, 2008

If you enjoy spicy fish dishes, you should run right out and get the ingredients for this dish! The new Food Network Magazine presents this recipe as one of several seafood items, and it’s truly delicious! And good for you too.

My attempt to improve on this scrumptious dish:

Red […]

A Thai Dinner Party at Home, Part IV: Main Dishes

Almost time to eat! Here are my personal suggestions for dishes for your dinner party:

Sauteed Greens (Bai Gup Kao)
Red Curry Beef (Gaeng Ped Neua)
Tamarind Fried Fish (Pla Chien)
Green Curry Duck (Gaeng Keo Wan Pet)
Gala Salad (Pak Sod)

You don’t need all of these, but a couple of entrées is nice if you have 6-8 adults eating. […]