Olive Garden Rant

July 24, 2003

Not being a big Olive Garden fan myself I can really relate to Dooce’s rant. A little snippet, but do read the whole thing, her writing is worth the price of admission. Andrew: I don’t like the Olive Garden. Amber: You don’t like pasta? Andrew: No, I like pasta. Amber: You don’t like Italian food?! […]

Recipe – Baklava

March 22, 2003

I don’t get the chance to make desserts too often but when I do my favorite thing to make is Baklava. If you’ve never had Baklava rush right out and get some – you’ll probably find it on the menu of your favorite local Greek restaurant. For the adventurous give this recipe a try. It’s […]

Recipe – John’s Texas Red Chili

March 15, 2003

  I’ve made this recipe about six times now and it has finally stabilized into something I am very happy with. John’s Texas Red is a hot chili, hot enough to put sweat on your forehead and clear out your sinuses, but not so hot as to be inedible. The first incarnation of this chili […]

Cost of Groceries

March 14, 2003

A couple of years ago the standard price for a bag of groceries was about $25. It seemed like every trip to the store I’d be lucky to escape spending less then $100, which would usually net me four well packed bags. It wasn’t too long ago that you could count on six or seven […]

Recipe – Dirty Eggs

March 4, 2003

Here’s a recipe you’ll find nowhere else – and certainly not in any low-fat cookbook! But first, the story of how it came about. Years ago in my formative years I did a lot of camping and fishing with my dad and a family friend named John Derrenberger. John made a dish called Eggs Derrenberger, […]

Recipe – Coq au Vin

March 1, 2003

Coq au Vin (“Chicken with Wine”) is a classic dish worthy of the time required to make it right. The meat literally melts off the bone, the infusion of the chicken and the wine combining with a rich gravy that will keep your guests coming back for more. Serve it at special events or a […]


December 10, 2002

I lived in South Africa for a few years when I was a kid. One of my best memories is chewing on piece after piece of biltong. You might call it beef jerky, but I wouldn’t do that in front of anyone who is particular about their biltong. A couple of weeks ago as I […]