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Foodies & Friends – Boy Meets Grill

Foodies & Friends – Boy Meets Grill

Well, the upside was I didn’t have to call the fire department.   Grilling is the caveman of cooking. I believe a pyromania gene is embedded in the DNA of most boys. The love affair of boy meets grill as...
Early Lessons in Restaurant Etiquette

Early Lessons in Restaurant Etiquette

Birthdays were a big deal when we were young. We got dressed up and mom and dad piled my brother, sister and I into the Impala for the ride into the city to a fancy restaurant. It was usually an...
How to Entertain (Yourself) During Food Prep

How to Entertain (Yourself) During Food Prep

It’s the part of cooking that no one ever talks about. It’s a topic rarely covered on the countless food shows hosted by famous chefs. Prepping food for a recipe is not glamorous and does not sell ads. Even so,...
Coming Full Circle

Coming Full Circle

Early in my career, I worked too much and slept too little while covering crime, floods and the daily circus of news.  I needed a break from urban reality and the adrenaline rush. I needed a reboot. I reasoned a...
Parading Down Memory Lane

Parading Down Memory Lane

I am a Mardi Gras veteran.  A childlike Christmas morning feeling of anticipation resonates in me the night before Fat Tuesday. It’s congenital, born with the first butt tap when I was introduced to this world at Baptist Hospital on...
Meatloaf: A Revisionist History

Meatloaf: A Revisionist History

There’s a famous art installation in Amarillo, Texas called the Cadillac Ranch, where a line of classic wing-tipped, fin-tailed Cadillacs are half-buried, nose first in the stark dirt.  I’ve always loved the striking visual—decadent post-WWII luxury roadsters arranged in a...
Believing in the Holiday Spirit

Believing in the Holiday Spirit

THERE WERE TIMES in my youth I thought Santa lived with my grandmother. I grew up across the street from my maternal grandparents. It was on a day I was sick at home from school, busy building a tent of sheets over a...

SEASON’S EATINGS FROM THE HEART

THE HOLIDAY SEASON is a time when you become the artist and your kitchen trans-forms into a magical workshop for creating edible homemade gifts. Will Santa fill your stocking with a lump of coal or will you be rewarded with...

An Impressionist Evening

EVERY YEAR my neighbors and I host an alfresco dining experience. There’s something special about sharing food with friends under a canopy of live oaks in the crisp evening air. How calming it is to drop out of the weekly...
Primi, Secondo Contorni, Dolci

Primi, Secondo Contorni, Dolci

It’s October. Did I just hear the last gasp of summer? I hope so. Open the windows, plant the fall gardens, toss the sunscreen, put away the white shoes and purses, the seersucker suits and white linen. Cooler nights and...
Peaches and Cream

Peaches and Cream

MY FAMILY HAD A TRADITION of eating fresh peaches with Pet milk or evaporated milk. Peaches and cream. You know what I’m talking about if you were part of the baby boom generation. Pet milk and mushroom soup were staples...