Author Archives: Alan

I don’t like liver

Chicken Liver Mousse with paprika and pears, served with toast points, raspberry apricot preserves and hot bread and butter pickles. Continue reading

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Inspiration from the Garden and the Sea

I got inspired to prepare a little fine dining. I just got back from a vacation in Maui and the last meal we had was at Pacific’O. This is one of the best restaurants on the island featuring local ingredients … Continue reading

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The Salad Of Necessity

I seldom use recipes, except in regards to pickling, canning and baking. These are the areas where chemistry matters. In all other things I have a basic recipe that I follow but almost always just wing it. Don’t get me … Continue reading

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What the heck is a chutney anyway?

My dad used to have this Major Gray’s Chutney that I thought was repulsive as a kid. He would slurp that stuff down, mainly with lamb, but with all kinds of fatty meat. As I later learned, a child’s palate … Continue reading

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Mad Scientist Tacos

It was the week after Thanksgiving and I was dog tired of Turkey. Kim was out of town and I had gotten some ground beef and some rolls and tortillas and was planning on a week of cheeseburgers and tacos … Continue reading

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Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya

Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya is the first song on the first album by Dr. John The Night Tripper. Up until that time he was Mac Rebenack but in 1968 he began a process that changed him into Dr. John … Continue reading

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My Desert Island Dish

If you told me that I was going to spend my life on a desert island and could only bring one dish with me that dish would be Chicken Paprikash. If you woke me up in the middle of the … Continue reading

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The Instant Karma of Rudy’s Banana Puddin’

We had friends visiting from New York last weekend and one of the requests that they made was real Texas BBQ, and lots of it. We had made about 10 suggestions and they had a few that were nationally known … Continue reading

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What The Heck Are Refried Beans Anyway

Growing up in New Jersey in a Jewish family I thought many foods from the south were actually jokes and not real food at all. Take for example Chicken Fried Steak. What the hell is that, you don’t fry steak, … Continue reading

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The Worst Dish Ever

This is a hard story to relate, although it is one of my favorites, because the dish I am about to describe is a cherished favorite of someone that I like and respect. It is his food of love. The … Continue reading

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