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Chicken Fajitas – in India

I was on a business trip to India for the month of May, and stayed at a hotel with a kitchen. That gave me the opportunity to cook dinner in my room in between late night conference calls back to the US when I didn’t have time to go to the restaurant.And how many times can […]

Recipe: Back to Basics – Macaroni and Cheese

Quick show of hands – who grew up on Kraft Macaroni and Cheese?  Who still feeds that to your kids?  OK, that’s everybody. Now who has ever made macaroni and cheese without opening the “cheese packet”?  I thought so. I had a wild hare last week and bought some elbow macaroni. I’ve had a hankering […]

Recipe: Ancho Chile Paste

Forwarning – this isn’t a meal unto itself, so don’t make a batch of this and call out, “honey, dinner’s ready!” You’ll be facing a big letdown. Note: this recipe calls for a food processor. 6-8 dried ancho chiles 6-8 cloves of garlic – roasted 1 tablespoon olive oil up to 1/4 cup vegetable or chicken […]

Recipe: Tequila Lime Salmon with Pico de Gallo

I love how a good fresh salsa of any sort complements the flavor of smoked or grilled salmon. I had grilled salmon with a tomatillo salsa in a restaurant last week, and thought, “I can do that!” I did something a bit different, but it was good! (as my Italian friend says, gnam gnam!) 4 […]

Recipe: Seared Sea Bass Steaks with Lemon Butter Sauce

Sea bass is so good that all you really have to do is make sure it’s heated all the way through and then get out of the way and eat it. You could probably just toss a couple of sea bass steaks in the microwave and they would be delicious. Now, I wouldn’t try that, […]

Smoked Red Pepper and Tomato Cream Soup

This recipe is great – my buddy Mike sent it to me, and I finally concocted it this afternoon. I halved this recipe and it was plenty of soup for four people. 8 large red bell peppers cut in half and seeded 2 lbs tomatoes, cored 1large onion quartered 3 cloves garlic, peeled 2 tablespoons […]

Hurricane Cooking

I live in Houston, and for those who pay attention to the news may have noticed that a big ol’ hurricane rolled through here Friday night. I was watching Prison Break on my DVR and missed the end of the episode when the lights went out. Bummer. One gift Ike gave my family was a […]

Recipe: A Celebration of Circles (pasta, sausage, and zucchini)

I love this recipe – it has fantastic visual appeal, and it is very easy. This came out of the Williams-Sonoma Pasta cookbook. four links fresh hot Italian sausage two zucchinis four cloves garlic, crushed then chopped 1 cup dry white wine (red’s OK, too, but white will not turn the zucchini purple) 1/2 cup […]

Recipe: Butter Chicken (Murg Makhani)

With all of the globalization of the economy going on, I spend quite a bit of time in India – about two to three months per year. I’ve never been a big fan of Indian cuisine, although I’ve developed a taste over the past couple of years. I still don’t know what the hell anything […]


I’m a southern boy, so I really like corn grits. (as if there’s any other kind of grits – but I’m just throwing a bone to my culturally disadvantaged readers here) I still remember the day when I went to some fancy Italian restaurant and discovered that they had grits with class. Only they called […]