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Smoked Salmon – Sugar and Spice

I gotta tell you, I love smoking. Partly because it sets cooking into slow motion, so you can enjoy the experience for a longer period of time. Kind of like going into a black hole, but without the relativity thing. Another reason is you can more easily avoid screwing up what you’re doing. Think about […]

Some Thoughts on Baking Bread

One of my passions is baking. No, not pastries and cakes and crap like that – I’m talking about bread. European breads – ciabattas, sour doughs, and bagels. In general, I prefer naturally leavened breads over those leavened with yeast. Following are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way If you’re using yeast, […]

Beef Stroganoff

OK, OK, this is a pretty tame recipe. But I just made it tonight, so I want to capture and immortalize my experience. This recipe starts with a lame joke – “What do you call a herd of masturbating cattle?” “Beef strokin’ off.” OK, I thought it was funny back when I was a teenager, […]

Regular ol’ Pinto Beans – but better

A staple of my diet for the past 15 years has been “Beans & Tortillas,” ie, burritos. Up to once a week, I would heat up a couple of cans of Trappey’s jalapeno pintos (or, the Ranch Style brand, or Whole Foods’ 365), add a bunch of comino, some chopped onions, and fresh ground black […]

Lamb Dumpling Pot Stickers

Ingredients1 lb. ground lamb4-6 cloves garlic6 sprigs fresh rosemarycooked rice – about 1 cupsalt to tasteup to 1 pepper (jalap, serrano, or habanero)won ton wrappers1 cup chicken boullion mixed with 1/4 cup rice or white vinegar Many years ago, my favorite Chinese restaurant in Houston had the best dumplings I’ve ever eaten – Lamb Dumplings. […]