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Cooking With Wine: One of My Favorites…

One of the simplest ways to add flavor to a dish is to use wine. While not every food benefits, there are many items you cook that can see their flavor enhanced with a bit of the “fruit of the vine.” It’s low-fat, gluten free, and high flavor.

Some recipes call specifically for wine, in detail: […]

Cooking With Booze (and Even Putting Some in the Food)

I love cooking with alcoholic beverages. I sometimes put some in the food too. Beer, wine, brandy, whiskey and more, they’re all fair game for the cookpot. Especially if you’re trying to impress your date or significant other with something spectacular, like a flambé of a fancy dish. Take it from an expert, though: […]

I Wish I Had Wine to Bottle Today…

It’s Pearl Harbor Day once again. Seventy years ago America;s navy was attacked without warning by a regime drunk on visions of world dominion. Ultimately they failed, though it took one person out of every eight in the United States joining the military to make that happen, along with the efforts of allied forces […]

Chicken Marsala Worthy of Self-Inflicted Wounds

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

Looking for a great dish for a romantic little dinner at home? Well, have we got a deal for you…

Chicken Marsala is one of those ingenious Italian inventions that looks difficult to make, but really isn’t. It can even be a show piece. You’ll love it, […]

Friday Follies: Gifts for the Fun-Loving Foodie in Your Life

Gag gifts are supposed to be fun. Okay, so maybe some of them also make you gag a bit. Loosen up! It’s all in good fun. (I almost said good, clean fun. Not always, as you’ll see.)

Kotula’s advertises as “The Guys With the Goods.” Gifts galore! Some examples: A beer pager; a cell phone […]

Friday Follies: Making a Clean Breast of a Drinking Problem

It’s amazing how the Internet can distract you these days. With my wife’s birthday only a couple weeks away, I began to search for the ideal gift. Before you know it, I’m looking at bar & wine tools. And what comes up on the first page of such a search? A Wine Rack, of […]

Friday Follies: How Do You Fight THAT Fire, and More Bacon Love

This just in to the Chile Underground’s ever-vigilant News Desk: A disastrous accident in Wyoming has destroyed a massive quantity of an irreplaceable specialty. A cargo truck traveling on the I-80 near the famous burgh of Wamsutter, Wyoming crashed and caught fire. When firefighters arrived they went into their practiced routines when suddenly they […]

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 […]