“Rip’s Authentic Texas Chili”

“Rip’s Authentic Texas Chili”

Chili with fixins, radish, sour cream, scallion, cilantro, fried chilis, rice, cheese. My father, Rip, loved to cook (and to feed people). And he loved chili. But not what you got in Cleveland. In 1970s Cleveland, chili meant ground beef and kidney beans in some kind...
Friday Cocktail Hour: The Mezcal Margarita

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Mezcal Margarita

A taste test of the margarita and the mezcal margarita proves the supremacy of the later. Having come into adulthood in the 1980s, all I knew of cocktails such as the Daiquiri and the Margarita were that they were slushy chemical confections consumed in unpleasant...
Making Stock In the Instant Pot

Making Stock In the Instant Pot

I’ve been on an Instant Pot tear ever since the Beloved threatened to hide it because I was ruining perfectly good food. One thing I knew it was good for absolutely was stock. I’d found a few pounds of beef bones at the store and 1-1/2 pig’s trotter,...