biscuits and roasted chicken gravy

Texas biscuits and roasted chicken gravy

One of my favorite television shows is Justified, which sadly, ended this past year after 6 delectable seasons.

For those not familiar, the story is centered around US Marshall Raylan Givens (played by the handsome Timothy Olyphant) with an affinity for ice cream whom returns to his place of birth in Kentucky where he fights hillbilly crime in his own eccentric manner. Hilarity ensues.

There are many reasons to like, if not love, the show. I’ll share just a small handful of the reasons I adore it so.

First, let’s get this out up front. Timothy Olyphant is perfection, with…

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my favorite texas salsa

Spicy Texas Salsa

condiments | September 22, 2013 | By

In June, I got stuck in a Texas supermarket. On the condiment aisle, to be exact. My feet were glued to the floor, eyes fixed on the salsa wall.

My eyes grew large and glassy at the sight of endless salsa and other hot saucery consuming almost the entire length of the supermarket aisle. Jars of every shape and color lined the wall. Tomatillo, jalapeno, ancho, smoked, fire roasted, peach, chunky, smooth, chocolate (truly), mango, all ranging from mild to molten.

It was a glorious sight to see.

I carefully examined the labels…

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triple chile barbecue sauce

On Sunday, I officially enter my 30s. Society tells me this is the time for self deprecation, misery, inadequacy, crow's feet and regret. That's not going to work for me. 

I have no interest in nibbling a sliver of birthday cake because of where it may end up on my body. I'm not going to wither into depression because I haven't yet eaten my weight in curry in Singapore or learned a second language fluently.

Thirty is not a deadline; it's a rest stop (not in a dirty bathroom kind of way). It's…

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how to make brown butter

condiments, tips | March 4, 2012 | By

Everyone, chef or not, is capable of bumbling the simplest of cooking tasks. I can personally attest to screwing the pooch many times due to distraction, being too lazy to read the instructions or just plain carelessness.

There is nothing more frustrating that spending effort and money on something that could have gone in my belly, and instead, ended up in the trash (or “tin” for the British folks).

To be a good or even a great cook, all it takes is mastering a few basic methods. So basic, that a recipe isn’t even needed. Let’s take brown butter for…

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