Ticking Bomb

At this writing Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lies on the cusp of life and death, both literally as well as politically. Frankly, as someone who lost a father to a brain aneurysm, I know how this can impact the…

A Refreshing Naivete

Hats off to Kate Burton for continuing to focus her efforts, even after being kidnapped by terrorists, on working to improve the Palestinian lot. On the cynical side, I’m scratching my head (now that the hat’s doffed) for her thinking…

SSDY (Same Stuff, Different Year) — Almost

First off, a happy and productive new year to all. This is year two of the blog, and, owing to feedback and posting interests, I’ve split my ‘Pulse’ blog into three: The Pulse, discussions regarding politics and personal life, HaDofeq,…

Hannukah Applesauce

Backstory Went to the supermarket to get applesauce for my strange yet lovely levivot (latkes), but they didn’t have any cans or jars that didn’t have sugar or corn syrup or some other gluch built into them. Hannukah time is…

Hannukah Latkes a la Cajun

Backstory I have a problem. It’s part of the dark underbelly of my personality. It’s about distrust, about creativity in the face of tradition. It’s about, as my kids say, “daddy food.” Hannukah has fried food: sufganiot, levivot(latkes), and just…

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Backstory I had all these ingredients and a soup sounded just peachy. I don’t usually splash around in the “cream of…” puddle, but I _did_ have this quart of half-and-half, so I mixed it in. Sadness. Tragedy. Lactose intolerance. So…

Victoria’s Salsa Verde (TacoDeli’s Dona Sauce)

Backstory I’d found this wonderful creamy sauce in Austin’s TacoDeli, at the East end of Barton Skyway. Very powerful day one, it ages quickly and takes on brain-melting properties after just a few days. Yummmm… They (obviously) wouldn’t give out…