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Texas Barbecue Crawl

My brother-in-law hails from San Diego, and has become hooked on Texas barbecue since he had some great smoked brisket at a family reunion a few years back. He was in town over the weekend recently, and spent his day Saturday hitting central Texas barbecue joints in search of the best brisket in Texas. I’ll […]

Smoky Salsa – First Attempt

I’m drowning in tomatoes over here. The spring garden has been bountiful this year, yielding piles and piles of tomatoes. Some years, I make a big pot of marinara sauce, and this year I decided to try my hand at salsa. It turned out OK, but this recipe definitely needs improvement. First, I’ll share what […]

Why I Love Whole Foods

I know, people joke about this place and call it “whole paycheck” yada yada yada. But sometimes it’s worth a little extra for the great shopping experience. For example, on a recent Sunday morning, shopping for a big cookout, I picked up a sixpack of non-alcoholic beer. (I know i know, what’s the point?) I […]

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 […]

Campground Cooking

You know, I don’t eat a lot of eggs at home, but it seems that when you’re camping, some good breakfast tacos are de rigeur. I think everybody knows how to do this – start with a little chorizo, add some onions and peppers, eggs, and at the last minute, shredded cheese. What’s optional is […]

Pinot Noir

You know, I like Pinot Noir. I liked it before I saw Sideways, too. OK so I buy it a bit more often after I heard the poignant description about the grape’s temperment and potential for excellence from Paul Giamatti’s character. You gotta respect the opinion of any wine connoisseur who loves the sauce so […]