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Chola Indian Restaurant: A Good Indian Eatery Gets Better

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

I enjoy good Indian food. Like many Americans who appreciate this great ethnic cuisine, I only had experience with the food here in the States. Authenticity is tough to judge without visiting the motherland, of course, and I have been fortunate to go “over there” to […]

Fish 4 Friday: Salmon Croquettes That’ll Spice Up Your Life

This entry is part of a series, F4F 2011»

What is a croquette, anyway? According to the standard of truth these days, a croquette is

… a small fried food roll containing usually as main ingredients mash potatoes, and/or minced meat (veal, beef, chicken, or turkey), shellfish, fish, vegetables, and soaked white bread, egg, onion, […]

Friday Follies: Peppers Help Preggers to Pop

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Hospital food has a reputation as bland, unappetizing, or just plain bad. Efforts are under way in lots of medical institutions to change that perception, but it’s still a fact that many people dread going to the hospital because of the food. You’d think we […]

Birthday Pickles

My father-in-law recently had a birthday. To help him drown his sorrows celebrate, I made him some of Alton Brown’s world-famous Firecrackers. They didn’t last long, as expected. He never told me if they cured his depression made his day, but the way they disappeared…

Since I was messing up the kitchen anyway, I went […]

Tales From the Road: Never Eat at Mother's

This entry is part of a series, New Orleans Scene»

Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never lie down with a woman who has more troubles than you. And never, ever eat at a place called Mom’s.

Anybody who studies life extensively will be able to cite these principles and more. They’re universal, […]

Spicy Italian: Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle

It’s been downright cold around here the past few days (although warming up today). Shoot, it was down in the high fifties a couple days ago, with rain. Yes, rain! Our two Goldens (Sonia and Whiskey) didn’t quite know what to make of it. Sonia wanted to stay on the porch, and Whiskey kept […]

Fish 4 Friday: Easy Salmon Rigatoni

There are lots of quick-to-make fish dishes, because fish itself cooks so quickly. Salmon is no exception! These days, salmon is very popular and relatively inexpensive, mainly due to aquaculture efforts. (That means fish farming, in case your link to Dictionary.com is busted.) I’m always on the lookout for new techniques for preparing fish, […]

Spicy Pasta Even a Kid Will Love to Eat

I’m not sure what makes pepperoni so good – if it’s the pepper or the oni. – Ulrik Stephens

By now you must be thinking that all Italian dishes have pasta in them. That’s simply not true! (I saw one, once, that didn’t.) But yes, a lot of them do. […]