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QUITE POSSIBLY THE MOST AMERICAN OF ALL ITALIAN DESSERTS

I think a certain part of me must want to weigh 300lbs by the end of summer. I think this because I have been like a bearded Hoover vacuum, consuming anything that resembles a frozen novelty with a ferocity of a wolf. A wolf that really, really likes ice cream. This somewhat undesirable behavior culminated last week ...

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IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, BE HAPPY FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT. INGRATE

It’s been hot. Really hot. Record shattering, make you mad hot. I guess that’s what one should expect during a Texas summer, but this year feels a little extreme. Like, dustbowl hot. Because of this, my mind has turned to cooling refreshment more and more. And while cooling refreshment can easily be a synonym for ...

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CHARCUTEPALOOZA CHALLENGE #8: SOMEWHERE, BECAUSE OF ME, THERE’S A PIG WALKING AROUND WITH A PEG LEG

I like pig’s feet. I eat pig’s feet. I have never made pig’s feet. Now that I have, I may no longer like pig’s feet. I was excited about the idea of making a terrine out of pig trotters for Charcutepalooza for this month’s challenge. I called a great local farm to table place in Houston to source some pig’s ...

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THE UNDISPUTED KING OF TEXAS BEEF

I learned to cook brisket from a man with one thumb. Actually it was half a thumb. Three quarters if you count the bony protuberance at the end of it. The other one was intact, but his brisket thumb had been pulled off by a mule. Or bitten off in a bar fight . Or sacrificed in disgrace after a brief but disappointing ...