Classic Coney Sauce

Have you ever orchestrated a surprise for your spouse, a big surprise, and had it not work out exactly as you had fantasized? I flew Suzen 3000 miles, rented a car, and drove her to a sacred place. Near my boyhood home was, and is, the greatest hot dog stand on the...

Red Chile Fried Chicken

All of us have comfort foods. Rarely, very rarely, is our comfort food healthy. There is something curious about the human desire for comfort and self-destruction. I do not intend to be philosophical here. No, I’m going to be practical. If you are going to eat a...

Charro Beans with Blackened Tomatoes

Mark Miller is one of the most prominent Southwestern chef and cookbook authors. If you visit Santa Fe, then the Coyote Café is a festive spot for his delectable beverages, appetizers and full meals. The wide stairway lined with pink stucco leading you to the second...

Recipes for Super Bowl Weekend

This week’s blogs have focused on Super Bowl ideas.  If you are a football fan, then you now have fuel for a distinctive party.  If you hate football, you have some wonderful ways to just have a great and quiet Sunday meal.  Here’s a list of this week’s blogs. ...
Brian’s Super Chili Nachos

Brian’s Super Chili Nachos

My personal culinary debt to Mexico is great: margaritas, Caesar salad, and nachos.  If you just add chicken wings, marshmallow fluff, and brownies, I think that constitutes a completely balanced diet. According to Kate Heykoe, author of Macho Nachos, these addictive...