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Shrimp Grill, All Because Of A Hankerin’ For Grilled Red Onions

The last of the hummingbirds had made their way through our little refuge, soaking in the sugar water and providing one last performance of the season. With their departure, it seems, the daylight also decided to wind down, retiring earlier in the evening to allow the moonlight to have its time to shine. As often […]

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Pecan Smoked, Fall Stuffed Pork Loin Roast

The skies were angry that day, my friend. And blustery. Very blustery. Winnie-The-Pooh type blustery. Sometimes the seasons slide in the back door, barely noticeable in their arrival. Sometimes, as on this day, they ride in on dramatic, cloud formed chariots, boldly announcing their arrival. I don’t need a fridge full of pumpkin flavored beer […]

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Poblano, Poblano. A Tale Of Two Stuffings

The four, dark green poblanos continually called out to me from their reclined, lazy position on the plate. I got them from the local farmers market with the intent on stuffing them with something, but whatever I came up with just didn’t get me excited. So the days went by, with those peppers taunting me, […]

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Chili Spiced, Garlic Stuffed Pork With Peppers And Onions

It started simple enough. The day, as it unfolded, was young and full of promise, including the weather. High skies, as the saying goes, as blue as that polyester suit I still have hanging in my closet, with the white buttons and matching pinstripe trim. The sky was accompanied by a slow, gentle, but steady […]

When The Meat Man (Or Woman) Cometh, Bearing Tomahawk Steaks

First there was puzzlement. Then I think I had a little twitch, followed by a nervous laugh. As the delivery driver walked towards our house with the box, it became apparent that the box sported a cow’s head on it, with an accompanying perishable logo on the side. By then, a full smile was on […]

Smoked Corned Beef, And Not A Leprechaun In Sight

It doesn’t have to be this way, you know. Certain foods for certain days, seasons, or times of the year. You know what I’m talkin’ about. No ice cream for breakfast. No wine or whiskey before, what, like noon or so? Taco Tuesdays. Brown sugar and pineapple glazed ham for the Easter holiday. A big, […]

Char Siu Pork With Pan Fried Pot Stickers. Street Market Eats

Ironically, I can see it only by closing my eyes. The Chinatown vendors in their colorful selling spaces, bustling about while visitors move up and down the street looking over their wares and food offerings. The aroma on the street is enticing, like a sirens song to a wayward sailor. Nose lifted upward, it leads […]

Early Morning Smoke: Pulled Pork With A Side Of Sunrise

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Until the predawn peace was broken, meaning a few choice words were uttered after running into a small stool or something in the yard. Then I’m pretty sure the creatures were all stirring, including this years garden nemesis, our new backyard chipmunk. I’m sure he was out […]

Weeknight Quickie: Southwest Style Stuffed Peppers With Guacamole Salsa

When the sun decides to stay up longer, so do the people who enjoy the benefits of those extended hours. This time of year brings renewed energy and hopes of open windows, budding flowers, greener grass, and more productive gardens. Having a less than stellar garden season last year, I thought it best to clean […]

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I Grilled Tofu And Liked It: Now I Don’t Know What To Think Of Myself

Yep, I grilled tofu…and I liked it. Now all my beliefs are being questioned. For a day, I visited my own version of bizarro world. What’s up was down, what’s down was up, and I was stuck somewhere in between, eating grilled tofu and thinking that this is something I would eat again. Not that I will ever […]