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No punches pulled for this pulled pork

As my playlist jumps from Locash to Lagwagon, I ponder the many strange and wonderful things that happen in life. Who knows? Perhaps my musical taste is a metaphor for the ambiguity and freneticism that penetrate our everyday existence. If you could only know what is in my record collection (yes, I’m old enough to… Read more »

Your new food obsession: Marcona almonds

 Few foods find themselves fortunate enough to land in my “obsession” category these days, as I have tried a great many foodstuffs throughout my long and quasi-illustrious career. However, every now and then a food will rear its ugly head and smack me in the body and soul with its self-complementing tastes, smells and textures… Read more »

Welcome back, Paul, we missed you

So many thoughts flood my mind as I write, as coming back from my compulsory hiatus was an easy decision to make with some complicated emotions. Where to start? First and foremost, I want to thank the community for everything that it has done for me and the kids and cannot express strongly enough how… Read more »

Leftover duck? Cook it low, cook it slow

This article originally appeared in a March 19, 2015 edition of the Bayside Gazette. A penny saved is a penny earned. Waste not, want not. And waste in most kitchens, professional or residential, tends to be high. It’s a high byproduct industry. Even at home, if we make a nice sauce or relish for a… Read more »

Soup that puts ‘pho’ back in phenomenal

Star anise and cinnamon perfume the air, but not in the manner in which we might think of Christmas potpourri or a random autumn’s candle. The aromas wafting through the air are intermingled with nuances of beef, ginger, onions and myriad delights that you may or may not be able to discern at first whiff…. Read more »

Got leftovers? Everything goes in frittatas

Anthony Bourdain once commented on the professional walk-in in a manner in which most, if not all, professional chefs can relate. Regardless of the number of times that cooks dig through and clean the refrigerated space, every now and then you will find that one lonely pan that someone lazily crammed into a corner or… Read more »

Still crazy about manoes after all these yrs.

This column originally ran in a Feb. 19, 2015 edition of the Bayside Gazette. Many times over, I am sure, my wife has questioned her sanity as to why she married me. During the first few years of dating, we would drive from Baltimore to Denton to visit my mother, and every time we would… Read more »

What to do with all that pesky leftover duck

Our oldest son just made a trip to California, helping his half-brother move out to Camp Pendleton, his new duty station in the Marine Corps. I can’t sit here and tell you that I wasn’t jealous, because I most certainly was. Visiting Carlsbad and Oceanside, Tyler was able to see where I lived/was stationed for… Read more »

It’s ‘Wayne’s World;’ we’re just living in it

I always find it fascinating how some things never change in our ever-evolving world. Our tastes seem to come and go, whether it be for a certain food or movie or musical genre. Many of our likes and wants are refined while others seem to regress backwards as we age, and if anyone could please… Read more »

Battered, pork-stuffed Sichuan eggplant

 Now that we’re in full swing of the semester, it’s time to get our serious nosh on. And while the food in of itself is great, there is nothing better than standing back to watch our students receive accolades for the various foods that they are preparing and sharing with others. There is no truer… Read more »