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Epicure: More Than a Fancy Foodie Word, It’s Also a Great Gift Shop and Deli

Visiting Mom this week presented some nice opportunities to relax. Yesterday my best wife and I headed into downtown Boerne for a little look-see and maybe some shopping. The town’s clearly not the sleepy little village I grew up in; no, there’s all sorts of shops, attractions and activities nowadays.

One of Mom’s friends suggested we […]

Harissa: The Best Pepper Sauce You’ve Probably Never Heard About

Tunisia has some interesting cuisine. Sandwiched in-between much larger neighbors (Libya and Algeria), this fairly new member of the international community is about the size of Georgia (the U.S. state, not the country) and has an interesting mix of geographies and climates. Maybe an easier way to visualize the size of Tunisia is, it’s only […]

Are You Joining the Artisanal Ketchup Revolution?

Ketchup. That red glop that kids use to hide the taste of everything from broccoli to bananas. It’s somehow seen as quintessentially American, although we didn’t invent it. It’s not even the top-selling topping in the States; mayonnaise and salsa both sell better. And until recently, it’s not been seen as a target for […]

Cooking Cajun: You'll Roux the Day You Don't Read This!

The word “roux” brings smiles to the faces of some folk, and strikes fear into the hearts of many others. Let’s cut to the chase here; it’s just a thickener, people! Nothing to fear. If you’ve been to Cordon Bleu school or such (and who hasn’t?) then you already appreciate the roux. It’s the […]

How to Make Instant Noodles Taste Like a Feast

First, a quick reminder of what we’re up to here. We want tasty noodles, and we want them quick; we don’t want to make a lot of mess; we don’t want to break the bank. “Taste like a feast” is relative too. You can always splurge, but what if you’re on a tight budget? […]