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Wine Making the Easy Way

I’ve been dabbling with wine making for about a year now. I’ve never got bitten by the bug the way some folks have, however. They’ll go and buy all the special yeasts and all the containers and testing equipment, etc., and because they’ve done it, well natually they will think that you must do the [Continue]

CFS at the Hollister Grill: Onward with the Quest!

CFS at the Hollister Grill: Onward with the Quest!

Okay, anybody who’s paid attention to my previous posts on the subject knows that I’m on something of a Quest. A Quest to find the Best Chicken Fried Steak in Existence. Alright, alright, I’ll admit that this isn’t a full-time thing. Nothing like the Knights Templar and their Quest for the Holy Grail or anything. [Continue]

Empire Turkish Grill, Houston Texas — So Worth It!

Empire Turkish Grill, Houston Texas — So Worth It!

Last week, Bai Shin and I were out looking for mohair yarn.  Her mother knits and she wants a new mohair sweater, so she wanted to buy enough for her mom to make her one.  We found a place called Nimblefingers on Memorial Drive in Houston, just west of Gessner.  Upon arrival, I noticed a [Continue]

A Cool Leftover Turkey Dish. Easy and Cheap as well

A Cool Leftover Turkey Dish.  Easy and Cheap as well

Well, we’re entering into the home stretch, preparing for Thanksgiving Day.  And if you’re already thinking beyond T-Day for ways to deal with all the leftovers, here’s an idea for you that’s both fun and easy to do.  Guaranteed to be a hit as well: Turkey Pot Pie.  Yum. The gang around here are all [Continue]

CFS at Pappy’s Café: The Quest Continues!

CFS at Pappy’s Café: The Quest Continues!

Okay, first of all, my apologies for the crappy photo above — it’s the best I could do with my cell-phone’s cheezy camera.  And while the photo might not get your mouth to a-watering, still, it gets the idea across. What will most likely be my never ending quest for finding the Perfect Chicken Fried [Continue]

Chicken Fried Steak — The Quest

Chicken Fried Steak — The Quest

It is not “country-fried steak.”  Those who feel compelled to modify the language to suit their own prejudices just need to get over it.  It’s chicken-fried because it’s fried like chicken. Simple as that. For years I’ve been on something of a quest.  If I visit a restaurant that has chicken fried steak on their [Continue]

Gumbo!

Gumbo!

My friends call me lucky because my wife is a trained chef.  I suppose I am.  But when she makes gumbo, I know I am.  Her gumbo is simply the best I’ve ever tasted, and anybody who has had a bowl agrees with me.  But there is no deep, dark, arkane secret involved in making [Continue]

Family Get-Togethers are Always Great Reasons to Cook!

Family Get-Togethers are Always Great Reasons to Cook!

Recently, I was combing through some photos of past family events, and ran across several images that I had taken of food we had prepared for the events.  And I thought I’d go ahead and share some of the dishes with whomever might be out there.  Hopefully somebody is . . . hello? When my [Continue]

Do You Like to Cook More Than You Like to Eat?

I do.  If you’re not into cooking, I know that may sound strange.  But I believe a true chef sees the food he or she produces as works of art, such that the act of consuming it becomes secondary to the act of creating it.  So this category will not just be about food, it [Continue]