A Cautionary Tale: Just Desserts

The story you are about to read will make no sense. As how would it be possible to tell this story, if these circumstances were true. I cannot in earnest tell you the why that I am able to relay, only the facts in the manner in which they transpired. Continue reading “A Cautionary Tale: Just Desserts”

Prologue

**Note, this was written in the early 90s. Technology was different then. It was pre-casual internet use. Also, a modern term replaced something that was bugging me at the time it was written. That term was not in general use at the time.

Beginnings

My father once told me that change will occur when you least expect it.  I feel the winds of change blowing.  Does that mean that nothing will happen?
-excerpt from Curtis Tyre’s journal [September 4th]
There is nothing in this world constant, but inconsistency.
-Jonathan Swift:  A Critical Essay upon the Faculties of the Mind [1707]

October was less than three weeks away. By the look on Curt’s face, he Continue reading “Prologue”

Instant Pot Pizza (Phil-Style)

Because of my tomato issues (see FAQs), I don’t eat pizza often, but I do crave it. I recently got a food processor with a dough attachment and am lazy as all get out. Because of that, I figured I could make dough without the time to kneed I didn’t want to deal with. I also didn’t want to wait for the pizza to prove. I read you can prove and make an Instant Pot pizza dough, so I figured I’d try it. Continue reading “Instant Pot Pizza (Phil-Style)”

Dark and Gloomy

Dark and Gloomy
Dark and Gloomy

A Dark and Gloomy is perfect for the season. I figure I would post it a little before Halloween so I can get it out there in time for some of the parties that might be happening this time of year. It is actually good any time of year, but because I named it so, I figure a Dark and Gloomy can make a quality end of October libation. Continue reading “Dark and Gloomy”

Deconstructed Cesar Salad and Another Update

Pretty simple Cesar salad. Got the idea from a gastropub I frequent. Just, cut the head of romaine in half and grill flat side until you can see the grill marks. Flip and grill for another minute. Plate and drizzle with Cesar dressing. Added craisins, blue cheese crumbles, and bacon crumbles. The salty bacon enhances the sweet/tart cranberries, with a bit of an extra kick from the blue cheese. Simple and easy to make.

Deconstructed Cesar Salad and Another Update
Grilled Cesar

As for an update, the archives are fixed, but it broke all of the permalinks in the process. If there were any articles in the past with a link on social media, they have all broken. If interested in past stories, I suggest going through the archives and reading the headlines. All of the Magical Dining reviews are in. If interested, I would check under the Food Blog heading.

Magical Dining Month, Venue Eleven (Benihana)

The plan was to have a teppanyaki dinner with my friend and her mother at Benihana. Her mother was not familiar with the type of dining, but we were. Last year, my friend and I went to the same location for Magical Dining and enjoyed it. As my friend saw the menu, she was surprised to see it was not the same as last year, when we had steak and lobster. Continue reading “Magical Dining Month, Venue Eleven (Benihana)”

Magical Dining Month, Venue Ten (Fig’s Prime)

Friday evening in Altamonte Springs. Happy hour and Magical Dining. Fig’s Prime seemed like the place to be. I had plans to meet my friend and her mother for dinner. My friend seems to be stuck on only getting filet mignon and she is a big seafood fan, so, as I was already interested in going there when I presented the list of places for Magical Dining, she was all for it. Continue reading “Magical Dining Month, Venue Ten (Fig’s Prime)”