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    July 25, 2013

    How to Use a Real Maraschino Cherry in a Cocktail, Courtesy of The People's Last Stand

    A few weeks ago Alex Fletcher of The People's Last Stand made us a proper piña colada that any manly-man would be proud to order. While it didn't come with a colorful paper umbrella, there was a delicate purple flower along with a pineapple wedge and cherry atop the glass. Today's focus is on tha ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    The Summer Drinks of Dallas (Photos)

    Summertime in Dallas is a scorcher, and sometimes there's no better way to escape the heat than by sipping on an ice cold cocktail. We set out to find some of the best summertime drinks in Dallas and asked bartenders from around town to create some of their favorite seasonal libations. Here is what ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    I Made Candied Bacon. Now You Make It. Now.

    When I opened up this cookbook at Christmas, this was the recipe that had to be made. I waited for the right moment, then I tried it out. There are no photos of the results, because the results were eaten too quickly. I assure you, this bacon is amazing. It's sweet. It's spicy. And it's bacon. What ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Three Holiday Drink Recipes for the Festive Boozehound in You

    FlickrGive your eggnogg a cocoa makeover.​Whitney Filloon, our resident pastry chef/booze correspondent, took the week off from drinking to bring you these winter cocktail ideas. We have her assurances that she was sober when she wrote them. I enjoy a $12 cocktail as much as the next Dallas g ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Our Recipe For Peach & Calamari Ice Cream

    japaneseicecream.blogspot.comMmm, seafood ice cream.​You probably ate a lot of food this Fourth of July. We're not judging. We did the same thing. But while you were gorging yourself on hot dogs and that questionably warm potato salad, we made a dessert that's sort of nutritious, but more impo ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    In-N-Out Coming to Dallas Proper "This Month"

    Jonas M. Luster​The Dallas Morning News' Leslie Brenner reported this week that the long-awaited In-N-Out Burgers near Frisco and Allen, the California chain's first foray into the DFW area, is set to open next week. But what about those of us who consider Frisco a bit too near the edge of civ ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Tim Love's Pickle...Nah, That's Too Easy...It's Just a Recipe

    ​In part one of this week's Three Course Meal, we learned about chef Tim Love's inspiration for his Love Shack burger joint, along with a secret, off-menu item he likes to order when he's in the mood for one of his burgers. Tomorrow, we'll give you the lowdown on the new Denton location and ou ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Bubbe's Matzo Ball Soup: For Those of Us Who Won't Be Eating Easter Ham

    ​Passover is upon us, which can only mean one thing: It's officially time to make matzo ball soup. Making matzo ball soup can be a very straightforward proposition. You can even buy matzo balls premade or buy a mix for it, although there's little more than matzo meal in it. To my mind, makin ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Yosef Schwartz and George Shepherd, Stars of the Fresh Diet, Share Recipes With City of Ate

    Mushroom Crowns Filled with Pesto Chicken​In part one of this week's Three Course Meal, we shared a profile of Executive Chef and Chief Culinary Officer of The Fresh Diet, Yosef Schwartz, as well as a short bit about Dallas head chef of The Fresh Diet George Shepherd. In part two, we asked Sch ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Asador's Dean James Max Fancies Up Cowboy Chow

    ​In part one of this week's Three Course Meal, we gave you a look at Dean James Max, concept chef of Asador In part two, we asked Max to complete our thoughts for us. In today's final installment he shares his recipe for a dish designed to be a Texas classic, cowboy steak with warm fingerling ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    La Fiorentina's Nicola Calamari Clams Up

    ​On Wednesday, we gave you the goods on Nicola Calamari, executive chef at La Fiorentina. Yesterday, we asked Calamari to finish a few sentences for us. Today, he shares a recipe for pasta with clams. The recipe follows after the jump.

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    January 21, 2011

    Chef Jean-Marie Cadot Shares the Secrets of His Success--Well, One of Them.

    ​In part one of this week's Three Course Meal, we gave you a look at Jean-Marie Cadot, owner and executive chef of Cadot. In part two, we asked Cadot to complete our thoughts for us. In today's final installment he shares one of his tilapia recipes with us. CRUSTED TILAPIA ON A BED OF RISO ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Nonna's Julian Barsotti Serves Up an Easy Recipe for Fussilli alla Gricia

    ​In part one of this week's Three Course Meal, we gave you a look at Julian Barsotti, owner and executive chef of Nonna. In part two, we asked Barsotti to complete our thoughts for us. In today's final installment he shares a recipe for Fussilli alla Gricia. Barsotti says, it's "one of the wo ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Chef Kent Rathbun Shares The Innermost Secrets of His Spicy Lamb Meatballs

    ​In part one of this week's Three Course Meal, we gave you a look at Kent Rathbun, owner and executive chef of Jasper's. In part two, we asked Rathbun to complete our thoughts for us. In today's final installment he shares a finger-licking good recipe for spicy lamb meatballs. The Ken Rathbun ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Six Tips for Losing a New Year's Hangover

    Nick RalloHypnotic Donuts has some damn fine spicy hangover cures.​After you figure out whose bed you're in, whose underwear you're wearing and how to get home, here are a few tips for hangover recovery on New Year's Day: 1. Eat donuts Donuts are the perfect booze-sopping-up grease bomb. Add ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Lumi's Chef Susi Bui Leaves Us Wanting More (Dumplings)

    In part one of this week's Three Course Meal, we gave you a look at Susie Bui, co-owner of Lumi Empanada and Dumpling Kitchen. In part two, we asked Bui to complete our thoughts for us. In today's final installment she shares a favorite family recipe for one of Lumi's yummy dumpling offerings - Lumi ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Leave the Bird, Bring the Pig: A Family Recipe for Pernil

    ​Whereas other families might have a Christmas turkey or goose, Puerto Rican families such as my own eat pork for their holiday meal. The meal -- actually a night-long party called Nochebuena -- is held on Christmas Eve and involves music, dancing, coquito (Puerto Rican eggnog), pitorro (Pue ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    La Duni's Julia Lopez Offers a Simple, Impressive Chicken Salad

    Julia Lopez​In part one of last week's Three Course Meal, we gave you a look at Julia Lopez, corporate chef at La Duni. In part two, we asked Lopez to complete our thoughts for us. In today's final installment -- delayed by an editor's glitch -- she shares a recipe for one of her fave salads, ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    It's Em-Effing Cookie-Baking Time: Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies

    Alice LaussadeChocolate chip cookies with bacon? Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. (He suffers from angina.)​It's the holidays. A time filled with magic and wonder -- a time when wishes are granted. A time when getting completely blackout drunk is socially acceptable and everyone's nice t ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    It's Em-Effing Cookie Baking Time:
    Black Forest Crinkle Cookies

    Alice LaussadeOr you could skip the baking and snuggle up with a bottle of optional ingredient.​'Tis the season to get fat on Black Forest crinkle cookies. They're chocolatey. They're cherry-y. These Black Forest crinkle cookies will blow your face off with deliciousness. They taste like brown ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Casey Thompson's Pasta With Grass-fed Beef: Maybe it's Time to Rethink That Holiday Turkey

    ​In the third part of our visit with Casey Thompson, Top Chef star, former executive chef at Shinsei and current chef at Fort Worth's Brownstone, Thompson shares a recipe for a beefy pasta dish. For parts 1 and 2 of our interview with Thompson, go here and here. Pasta and Grass-fed Beef

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    November 12, 2010

    Loft 610's Tre Wilcox's Got Legs
    And Knows How to Use Them

    ​In part three of our look at Loft 610's executive chef Tre Wilcox, the chef shares his recipe for the Triple C -- Crispy Confit Chicken. He says it's the duck fat and the time the chicken spends in it that makes it so special. Not to mention that duck is the usual suspect when it comes to con ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Love On It: Blythe Beck's Chicken and Waffles

    ​One of the goodies on executive chef Blythe Beck's brand new fall menu at Central 214 is the Southern fave chicken and waffles. Luckily, this is no State Fair version. With its jalapeno gravy, it's more like South meets Southwest. (For this week's profile of Beck, click here. For a Q&A, click ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Tim Byres Big Reveal: How the Sausage Gets Made

    Photos by Robert Bostick​As we learned from Smoke's Tim Byres earlier this week, he enjoys making his own charcuterie. The day we visited the chef he had just finished carving up half a hog for use in the restaurant's various barbecue recipes. And that was just for a single day's use. We w ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    No-Cook Prune Whip Is Plum Tasty
    (Ike Liked It, Too)

    Photo by Elaine LinerUh...yummy?​Discovering a collection of old recipe booklets my late grandmother saved and used for decades has inspired me. Can I replicate some of those now-forgotten dishes the way they used to make them? First up: Prune Whip. It's a chilled dessert, or at fancier table ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Part 3: John Tesar Grills Up
    A Cool Calamari Treat

    Photos by Robert Bostick​In the third part of our look at John Tesar of Dallas Restaurant Group, the chef goes into the kitchen at Dallas Fish Market to make a few preparations for us. With temperatures still blasting past the century mark, Tesar chooses some cooling dishes to take advantage ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Part 3: Matthew McCallister Show Us
    To Whip Up Something Cool, Smokey and Fishy

    Photo by Robert Bostick​In part 3 of our interview with Matthew McCallister, executive chef at Stephan Pyles, he shows us how to create a cooling fish dish perfect for these sweltering summer days: Stephan Pyles' Lenguado Ceviche. It's a fairly straightforward to prepare, but one note: It requ ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Part 3: Cool Off with Chef J. Chastain's Watermelon Crab Gazpacho

    Photo by Robert Bostick​In the third part of our look at Second Floor chef J. Chastain, we go into the kitchen where the chef shows shows us how to create one of his menu items at home. Chastain enjoys combining fresh ingredients with simple techniques to create complex flavors. We wanted som ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Sweets for Your Sweet Tooth: Bread Winners' White Chocolate Berry Cake

    Photos by Sarah Johnson ​White Chocolate Berry Cake Demonstrated by Cara Vasquez of Bread Winners We recently decided that Appetite for Instruction needs more sweets in its life. Sure, we've dabbled here and there over the past year in the baking department, but not enough to satisfy our City o ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Ditch the Burgers and Dogs for Something Unexpected at Your Tailgate Party

    Photos by Sarah Johnson ​Flash Cured Yellowtail Albacore Demonstrated by Chef Marcos Rodriguez of Bolla You don't always have to think inside the box when it comes to grilling or cooking out for a barbecue or tailgate party. Why not ditch the burgers and hot dogs and experiment for a change? Ye ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Groundhog Day Recipes: Don't Forget To Remove The Scent Glands

    No, this isn't the kind of "groundhog recipe" we're talking about...​ Apparently most people still haven't caught on that PETA is not actually an animal-rights activism group but rather a long-running practical joke. It has to be, right? Surely a group that gets witless celebutantes to undress for ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Appetite For Instruction: Chocolate Velvet Cupcakes

    Recipe Demonstrated by Tressa LeBouef of Citizen Sweet ​I have one. You have one. We all have one. Oh, the power of the sweet tooth and the way it takes over one's soul. You may be sitting on the couch at night and something comes on the television and puts you in the mood. You realize right then ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    From Mom: Secret Toffee And Gooey Butter Cake Recipes

    This is mostly for Amy S., but a few others were interested so I asked mom to send the recipes. I'll just leave her to explain:I am sending 3 gooey butter cake recipes. The first one was in this week's St. Louis paper, from their files. This is not the one I make. ​ST LOUIS GOOEY BUTTER CAKE ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Appetite For Instruction: Smoked Salmon Bruschetta

    Recipe Demonstrated by Chef Chris Hughes of Tre Amici Prime Steakhouse & Seafood ​It's a new year, and you know what that means: time for resolutions. People are signing documents for a new gym membership, throwing away their cartons of Marlboro Reds and eating more greens and less deep-frie ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Kabocha Squash Risotto

    Recipe Demonstrated by Chef J Chastain of The 2nd Floor Bistro ​The year and, well, decade are coming to a close for us. It's time to stock up on confetti, silly New Year's hats and horns and of course, lots of Champagne to give this year a proper farewell. In the past year on Appetite for Inst ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Watermelon Salad

    Recipe Demonstrated by José, Chad and Janice of ParigiChad Houser, Janice Provost and Jose Matu.​In a town obsessed with new, there's something refreshing about longevity. Dallasites love to flock to the latest hot spots, packing dining rooms three deep for about three weeks and then forgetting ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Pan Seared Prawns With Spanish Chorizo (Part One)

    Recipe Demonstrated by Scott Gottlich of Bijoux ​Next week marks the 12th annual KRLD Restaurant Week, with over 100 area restaurants offering special meals to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. Each year, food lovers across the area count down the days to t ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Gazpacho With Jumbo Lump Crab

    Recipe Demonstrated by Executive Chef James Johnson of Pappas Bros. SteakhousePappas Bros. Steakhouse is known for meat. Dry aged in house for 40 days and seared to sizzling perfection, you'll find their Rib Eyes, New York Strips and Filets Mignon on just about any Dallas-area carnivore's Top 10 lis ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Camarones A La Veracruzana

    Recipe Demonstrated By Jesse Sanchez Of La Calle Doce Jesse Sanchez loves the restaurant business. It's a family thing. Back in 1981, his brother-in-law Oscar Sanchez took over a hard-luck spot in Oak Cliff that even the Cuellar family of El Chico fame couldn't conquer. Almost 30 years later, ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Wood-Grilled Salmon With Texas Creamer Peas (Part 1)

    Recipe Demonstrated by Chefs Nathan Tate and Randall Copeland of Restaurant AVA Nathan Tate (left) and Randall Copeland.What is local food? Well, it ain't a potato chip that bears a passing resemblance to the tuber it once was which just happened to be grown in your state. And what about in seaso ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Fisherman's Stew

    Recipe Demonstrated By Roseanne Dileo of The Libertine BarJesse HugheyRoseanne Dileo has been cooking at The Libertine Bar for about a year, following stints as a server and general manager at the beloved lower Greenville pub. As much as she liked front-of-house money, though, she says she prefers t ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Moules Frites-Part 1

    Demonstrated by Chef Brian Luscher of The Grape "How do we improve on an institution?" That's a question Brian Luscher asks himself a lot these days. It's been almost two years since he and his wife Courtney took ownership of The Grape, a cozy bistro on lower Greenville Avenue that's been wining a ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Kathleen's Meatloaf

    Kathleen Ellington of Kathleen's Sky Diner After 21 years in the restaurant business, Kathleen Ellington can spot a trend. The energetic redhead behind Kathleen's Sky Diner knows what's coming, what's going and what's here to least for a little while. That's why she and her husband Robert ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Cream Biscuits

    Demonstrated by Chef Robin Gill Lacy of the Cliff Café Have you ever started dreaming while you were still awake? For breakfast lovers, those hazy moments between relaxation and rapid eye movement are the perfect time to begin pondering what pleasures the morning table might bring. Here in the ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Spicy Chocolate Chile Truffles

    Demonstrated by Chef Rhonda Ruckman Listen up, guys--this one's for you. Any muscle-shirted mini-millionaire can make a fancy reservation, but the man who gets his hands dirty (kinda meant figuratively) will really score points on Valentine's Day. A handmade gift featuring a certain melting mood e ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Just In Time For Boxing Day: Zakk United's Top Holiday Cocktails

    So good he also posted these on his 97.1 KEGL blog--actually he told us "blahg," but it pretty much means the same thing. Listed in no particular order. "The white dream is my fav," he says.     CHRISTMAS COSMOPOLITAN ½ oz. Cointreau ½ oz. Cranberry juice 1 tsp. Fresh lime juice 1 ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Hash Over: Home for the Holidays, Cut-Rate Lobster, Etc.

    Who knows why everyone takes such delight in gingerbread houses? The fate that befell Hansel and Gretel--or nearly befell; we only know the story through Bugs Bunny--when they encountered such a structure was none too pleasant.But last night, the Rosewood Crescent Hotel put the final bit of icing on ... More >>

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    November 15, 2001


    The alternative to eggnog

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    September 21, 2000

    Best margarita

    Don Pablo's

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