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Brazilian Black Beans and Rice (Feijoada)

If you want some black beans and rice that will kick any beans and rice recipe’s ass in futbol, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve enjoyed gallo pinto in Costa Rica (wonderful!), pintos and rice in Texas, and the southern Louisiana standard, red beans and rice. Feijoada beats all of them by a score […]

Austrian Potato Salad

I’m not a big fan of potato salad.  However, I had a couple of good potato salad experiences in quick succession – one at a German restaurant in Houston, and the other at a German restaurant in Munich.  I don’t think they called the one in Munich a “German restaurant.” Ever since those experiences, I’ve […]

Italian Meatballs with Balsamic/Marsala Sauce

This is another of my low fat specialities. Or maybe not. The sauce I made with this dish tastes a lot like Swedish meatball sauce, but the meatballs here are distinctly Italian, and could be used with a traditional spaghetti and marinera sauce. 1/2 pound ground beef 1/2 pound ground pork 6 cloves roasted garlic 1/4 […]

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: 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 […]


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 […]

Recipe: Dave’s Marinara

I have to admit it – I love pasta.  Real pasta made from durham wheat semolina. I try that whole wheat pasta every now and again, but it just doesn’t taste good.  I’m sorry, guys, but I’m about taste.  Brown rice tastes good.  Whole wheat bread tastes good. Whole wheat pasta? Fuggeddaboutit. This recipe will […]

Three Quiches

Mexican Quiche I’ll start with my variation on the theme. I learned to make quiche from a college roommate many moons ago. I’ve since morphed the classic quiche Lorraine recipe into my own adaptation, using the flavors of the southwest that I like so much. The crust. If you want a quick quiche, and you’re […]

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, […]

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. […]