To say that I like Pho is probably a bit of an understatement. The fact is, I absolutely love the stuff! At least twice a week I go out for lunch to the local Vietnamese restaurant and order a bowl. I am actually proud to say that, at least according to Yelp, I am “The Duke” of […]

Hopping John

A wise old lady once told me, “Thank God for delays and disappointments.” While it has been years since I have heard this, I have never forgotten these words. Initially, I chalked it up to the rants of a crazy old Creole lady, but over the years, this saying has proven to be fantastic words […]

Lamb Roast

While I have not officially created a bucket list, I have in my head a sort of culinary list of things that I would like to try before my time is through here. My list is a mix of eating at different restaurants like The French Laundry, trying ethnic cuisines in their respective countries, cooking […]

taco salad

No story today, just a recipe. Taco Salad Ingredients: 1 package of ground turkey meat Cumin Mexican Chili Powder Mexican Oregeno Tony Chachere Creole Seasoning Ground black pepper 1 head of Iceberg lettuce rough chopped 1 palm full of cilantro, rough chop the leaves 2 tomatoes cubed 2 avocados cubed Lime juice Tortilla Chips Method: […]


Eating ceviche and drinking a Corona last week made me reminisce about my trip down to Bahia Asuncion I took a couple years ago, during my pre-blogging era. I have always wanted to journal the trip, but never really got around to writing anything down so I figured now was as good a time as any. […]


Don’t you just love it when you are walking through the grocery store, list in hand, and you bump into a ridiculous deal that you just can’t pass up even though it doesn’t fit in with anything you were planning to make? Yesterday was one of those lucky days for me. Intending on just picking […]


Happy Chinese New Year! Year of the snake is looking to be a good one so far and last year, which happened to be my year, year of the Dragon, was a pretty darned good one. So to give a proper goodbye to the old and kick off the celebration for the new, I tried […]

Turkey Posole

I really can not help it, but even before I put the turkey in the oven for Thanksgiving, I am already contemplating what I am going to do with the leftovers. On the simple side, I love just a turkey sandwich on soft white bread smothered with mayonnaise. Or if I am in the mood […]

Butternut Squash Soup

Just in time for Thanksgiving, here is one of my all-time favorite Fall dishes. The recipe was inspired by an African vegetable side dish I read a few years back in one of the many food magazines we subscribe to. I made a few tweaks, transformed it into a soup, and have been making it every […]

election results and education stats

2012 election results demographic: In depth analysis of the demographics of the 2012 Presidential election by State including education, income, and religious views such as same sex marriage. Update 6/3/2013 Interesting information released by the College Republican National Committee #CRNC today in a 95 page report. Seems like they are starting to recognize the issues with mixing […]