Category Archives: Houston Chronicle

Writing I have done for the Houston Chronicle.

Building the Perfect Carbonara: The Ingredients Part 2

Fresh pasta In our last post, we considered two of the most important ingredients of pasta alla carbonara: the cheese and the cured meat. A third ingredient, pasta, is one of the world’s most prevalent foods. It’s readily available in … Continue reading

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Building the Perfect Carbonara: The Ingredients Part 1

Guanciale If there’s anything more controversial than the origins of the dish known as pasta alla carbonara, it’s the selection of ingredients that go into it. In the first part of this series, I talked about the history of carbonara … Continue reading

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Building the Perfect Carbonara: A Roman Puzzle

A Roman Puzzle A recipe is a funny thing. Often you’ll follow the instructions exactly and the dish still turns out poorly. It’s like something’s been left out, or gets lost in the translation, and you have to read between … Continue reading

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Return to Oak Island

Hurricane Club – Oak Island TX – Fried Shrimp “Let me call the boat and see if they can bring some crabs in,” replied our waiter after I asked her if the restaurant had blue crabs on the lunch menu. … Continue reading

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Chilorio: Mexican Pulled Pork

Chilorio taco at Pico’s Mex-Mex Has any animal provided more gastronomic pleasure to the human race than the pig? Probably not. Chicken may be healthier, and cow may be held in higher regard, but the myriad of pork dishes from … Continue reading

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