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ALL THE OBSERVANT CATHOLICS IN THE HOUSE, WHO FOLLOW THE LITURGICAL CALENDAR AND THEREFORE ARE AVOIDING MEAT IN OBSERVANCE OF LENT OR JUST BECAUSE IT’S A FRIDAY AND THAT’S WHAT CATHOLICS SOMETIMES DO, SAY “HO-O!”

This is a post about fish. First, let me say that I don’t limit my diet in any way for any reason: allergic, religious or otherwise. In fact, just about my only religious conviction about food is that it taste good. There’s just too many things in the world that provide too much tasty joy for me to willingly block myself ...

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A RETURN TO THINGS OUTSIDE

Living in Texas, you essentially have three seasons: hot, warm, and beef, beef season lasting year round. So you can basically get outside and cook at any point of the year, depending on your tolerance of the occasional cold spell or the not so occasional stifling heat and humidity. That said, there is something about ...

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CHARCUTEPALOOZA CHALLENGE #3 ADDENDUM: A PASTRAMI SANDWICH

Staring into the waiting arms of death, Warren Zevon dished out one of life’s more salient pieces of advice: “Enjoy every sandwich.” This is one for Warren: homemade pastrami on rye with imported Swiss, spicy okra pickles and Stadium Mustard. It goes best with “The French Inhaler” played at inappropriately high ...

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CHARCUTEPALOOZA CHALLENGE #3: CORNED BEEF, PASTRAMI, AND ONE OF LIFE’S GREAT BARS

The March Charcutepalooza challenge brings us to brining. Which for me meant corned beef, pastrami and a stinky, stinky attempt at sauerkraut. The process of making corned beef started with a very nice looking locally raised, grass fed brisket. Brisket being the national steak of Texas, this one wasn’t very difficult ...

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THE TWO BEER LUNCH, AND A NEW BEER WORTHY OF ONE

I remember as a kid running down the stairs to the basement fridge to grab my dad a beer when he got home from work, while he told my mother about his day at the office. It was a regular routine and a very good one: he got home, we got to say hello and feel like a good Samaritan, delivering Dad a treat. In turn he got a ...