Category: Cooking

Easy Turkey Brine

Longtime readers know that this time every year I extol the virtues of making a brine starting with a homemade stock. It is a time-intensive process, although not really hard to do. Not this year. I am going to try ...

Want to eat and drink at our house?

We often participate in an event known as Twitter Taste Live. The way it works is that a certain winery, region or style of wine is featured and samples are sent out to a group of bloggers. At an appointed ...

Food for Thought: Recipe for Success

When I worked the election one year, my assignment was to sit in my kids' intermediate school cafeteria and watch for monkey business.  Given we live in Texas, I wasn't surprised to see a little voter intimidation, suppression and some ...

Roasting Peppers

There are few things easier and more tasty than roasted peppers. Whether sweet reds, mildly tangy pablano, or fiery habeneros, roasting brings out the best in most peppers. The natural flavors of the peppers deepen and mellow with roasting. The ...

Kitchen tips acquired along the way

When I was a kid acquiring cooking skills was a matter of survival. My parents both worked long hours, plus they liked to go out on the weekends. As a result there were times when my mother left it to ...

From Pint to Plate with Chef Kent Rathbun

In Houston we are lucky enough to have a place like Central Market. It is the go-to place when searching for hard-to-find or exotic ingredients, or maybe just a little variety.  We weren't always so lucky.  Although the first Central ...

Beer: Discover Brewtopia at Central Market

For the official start of the NFL regular season (Who Dat?), Joe fixed burgers, queso and guacamole.  A quick meal so we could get down to the business of watching football. When I asked if we were having wine, he ...

Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 10 – duck fat)

This is part 9 of our on-going Home Superstar Chef series. The previous posts in this series were Part 1 – Good Pans, Part 2 – Shallots, Part 3 – Pine Nuts, Part 4 ...

How to pair white wine with food

I like to think that I treat wine like one should treat their children by never playing favorites. But the truth is that I am not capable. I truly prefer red wine to white wine. If served a white, even ...

Vinsanto, and some unconventional uses

A little about Vinsanto On the island of Santorini they grow a small variety of grapes. Most of these have names that can be quite difficult for people like me to pronounce. Names like Xinomavro, Moschofilero, and Agiorghitiko do not exactly ...

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