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F4F Returns (And Sea Creatures Everywhere are Nervous)

A garage sale is a marvelous thing. I’ve hosted a few, but they don’t seem to work out so well for me. The last one I nearly broke even, but some of the earlier attempts were disastrous. I also learned that in-laws are nice to have around for the holidays, but don’t let them organize […]

Drinks and Snacks on the Deck at McCormick & Schmick’s

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

Evenings this time of year are very often pleasant here in central Texas. Temperature at mid-afternoon is steady in the low eighties, so by the time rush hour arrives the air takes on a silky, cooling feel. Breezes are usually light too. Perfect for dining al fresco, […]

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 […]

How ‘Bout Asian Fish Tomorrow?

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2012»

The second issue of my new subscription to Bon Appétit Magazine arrived. (Thanks again, Deniz!) There’s a dish in there you simply must try if you love salmon: Wasabi Salmon with Bok Choy, Green Cabbage and Shiitakes. You can get the whole recipe from the link, […]

How Many Tons of Tuna Salad Is That, Exactly?

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

Everyone knows that sharks are a top predator in the world’s oceans. Even humans don’t fare well, mano-á-sharko. But there’s another great predator of the seas: The Bluefin Tuna. These fish live mostly in the deep water. They’re fast swimmers; they’re ideally evolved for swimming long […]

Gulf Shrimp Make Great Italian Fare

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011»

Although shrimping in the Gulf of Mexico is on the decline (and has been for a while), plenty of shrimp are being caught this summer and brought to markets and restaurants throughout Texas. With the Deepwater Horizon disaster a fading memory and extraordinary efforts by […]

Fish 4 Friday: A Cheap, Fast Tuna Dish for the Tomato-Overloaded

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011»

At this point in the summer, some of you may feel you’ve had too many home-growed tomatoes. How you can feel that way, I don’t know; but it’s true, right? Especially cherry tomatoes. Man, can those plants produce! No need to pay four bucks for […]

Fish 4 Friday: Seafood in Peanut Sauce, South American Style

Welcome to a new month! Hopefully it’ll be the start of a Major Cooldown here in Texas. With rain. (Please, let there be plenty of rain.) The last holiday of the summer is upon us, schools are back in session, and you’re thinking fish tomorrow. Don’t ask me how that connection got made; I […]