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Tuna prices on rise; try fresh from Atlantic

Tuna, tuna everywhere, nor any a bite to eat Or so goes a poor variation of the fabled ancient mariner as I try to get ready for this week’s rendition of food fears. There is a slight problem with tuna in this day and age. If you haven’t noticed, tuna (steak and loin) is either… Read more »

Summer chicken challenge isn’t Reel hard

 The school year is coming to an end for seniors. Others must stick it out until the buses park for the last time, preparing for their own two month hiatus. The trees are in full force, the flowers are blooming and there is an excitement in the air as people prepare for their dream vacation… Read more »

A meatloaf-less life is a life not worth living

 People are constantly asking me to write about meatloaf. People love meatloaf. They live for it. While I may not be one of those fortunate individuals, I can honestly say that meatloaf hits the spot every now and again. But you know me. It doesn’t serve me or you for me to offer up a… Read more »

Chef Paul combats a barbecue hangover

 My diet this week has not been stellar, or at least from a health standpoint anyway. Tuesday, I noshed on brisket and brownies. On Wednesday it was pit beef and hot milk cake. On Thursday? Pit Turkey and cupcakes. And on Friday, more meat and chocolate cake. It’s a good thing that I at the… Read more »

I love the smell of muskrat in the morning

“The horror. The horror.” The famous last words from Apocalypse Now repeated themselves in my head for two days; lifeless and soon-to-be headless bodies looking at me with great disdain, ironically with their eyes having already been removed making the entire episode even more reminiscent of a bad Tim Burton movie. The rabbit was fine…. Read more »

Just enough cooks can perfect the Kerfuffle

Kerfuffle – n informal chiefly  ( Brit ) commotion; disorder; agitation Thus was the general mood as the club kicked into full swing this past weekend. All went smoothly, but tempers were flaring just a touch as cooks realized that the season stood the chance of getting tense. Adding to this degree of anticipation was… Read more »

Springtime is time to get those tostones out

For six weeks the Decatur High School Robotics Team, the Beach Bots, built a robot as part of the Chesapeake Regional Robotics competition which culminated in Baltimore two weeks ago. The teams came from as far away as California, and they were part of the First Robotics series which boasts sponsors such as SIAC, BAE… Read more »

Embrace the consomme, do not be afraid

Consommé is beyond the shadow of a doubt the nectar of the soup gods. Unbeknownst to many people and misconstrued by others, consommé is simply a carefully clarified and fortified stock, making it laborious and luxurious, not to mention a bit expensive to craft. The end result is a clear and succulent essence, perhaps dotted… Read more »

There’s nothing wrong with a waffle coma

 I can remember many a night in Baltimore when we would find ourselves celebrating our youth, ending up at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Fell’s Point at 6:00 in the morning to enjoy a big burger and a beer. There was something about a rich meal, and mayhap rich isn’t the word that does it much justice,… Read more »

Paul isn’t Hayden his love of mac ‘n’ cheese

It has been a long week.   Who am I kidding? The week just started today, and I’m already done. It was a long week before it even got here, but fair effort or not, the week will end one way or the other. So, fair effort I shall give. I must admit that I… Read more »