Last night's Top Chef was a bland bust: Abacus' Tre Wilcox disappointed again (bottom three in the Quickfire Challenge, blamed on his lousy selection of shellfish -- yeah, OK), and Shinsei's Casey Thompson disappeared again (she got but a few seconds of screen time). So we'll avoid any recapping; don't think you much care anyway. Instead, here's this Thursday's foodie fix:
Thanks to that PC World list to which Glenna referred a couple days back, I found Slashfood -- which is, yes, the Slashdot of food, more or less. And that took me here: to Homesick Texan, run by an expat Texican who done moved to NYC 11 years back and has spend the ever-since-then in "pursuit of good refried beans." Judging by the comments -- and she gets plenty -- Homesick Texan plays well to natives who've wound up on both coasts and everywhere else in between.
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And while most of you reading this most likely live in Texas (by which I mean my parents' house -- hi, Mom), our new favorite sorta-Yankee provides on a semi-regular basis recipes for homegrown, easy-make favorites you're probably itching to try in your very own kitchen -- say, some puffy tacos stuffed with ground beef, coleslaw with cilantro and jalapenos and tinga. And there's plenty of writin' on there as well: "When my parents were young and still in college, we often ate at Pancho’s because kids got free rice and beans." My life story too, come to think of it. --Robert Wilonsky