Food Network, Cutthroat Kitchen, and Doubling Down on Stupid

Apparently Food Network has enough commas in the paycheck or enough contract lawyers on retainer to make that little annoying trait called self-respect irrelevant.

Pho and Pinot Noir – My Opinion. As Always.

This is the time of year when the words “hot soup” can cause a smiling physical reaction. Even in Las Vegas it’s very cold (25°F when I left for work this morning), and the vision of curling up with a blanket and a bowl of hot soup is oh so comforting.

Nailed It! My Finals Rock!

Jocularity aside, I was surprised at what I already knew, what I learned, and how I applied it in the final. I rock, frankly. And so I decided to celebrate.

Wine and Beans – Magical?

Every now and then I decide to get all cheffy and do great stuff. This Monday night, Veterans Day (Ooorah), was one of those days.

Honing Your Wine Chops with Summer Fruits

I've also discovered that dried pink grapefruit peel (recipe experiment) has the fragrance of "cat pee" which I find so appealing (no pun intended) in Sauv Blanc.

Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Meets I Love Lucy

Lucy with bread dough
Well, when I went to get the "sponge" to start mixing the other ingredients, I was greeted by the dough equivalent of Godzilla.

Demi-Glace – MirePoix Vegas Style!

Solid, cooled Demi-Glace
The first thing I want to do is to explain why I'm on a soup roll. It began with the chili cookoff at Don & Mark's in October, and has continued till now. Whether I'm attempting French Onion Soup, Chili, Menudo, Chicken, or whatever, I believe (and have always believed) that a good bowl of soup makes everything okay....

Managed Heat – Building a Chili for Wine

The recipe for basic chili is pretty simple: Meat, beans, celery, onions, peppers, garlic, tomato of some sort, seasonings such as cumin and chili powder, and salt and pepper. That's a good, easy-to-make chili, but it's not "Challenge" chili. It's sitting-in-front-of-the-TV-with-a-beer chili.

…and Bat Nuts for Dessert

I can understand the horrified expression you have on your face and the ugly places your mind is going. While the term "Bat Nuts for Dessert" may take you where you never hoped to go, there really is a good explanation for all of this.

Food Meets Wine – And I Write About It

When I have some free time (ha!) I will continue to mine through the old databases and see if I can find some of the older stories and reviews to repost.

Beyond Meat Loaf – the World in My Kitchen

It’s an almost otherwordly experience to walk into an Asian supermarket and be greeted with Christmas carols sung in Chinese.