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The Hero we need. The hero we deserve. The hero we hunger for.

The Hero we need. The hero we deserve. The hero we hunger for.

His athletic build is surprising — it’s not the physique you’d expect to see on a man who enjoys food and has made good food his life’s mission. His husky masculine voice, reminiscent of Ron Burgundy, seems fitting for a hero. But those are the only descriptions I can note as the Tater Man answers […]

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May 1, 2019 | By More
Leave it to the pros

Leave it to the pros

I thought I was pretty handy on the grill — choosing only the best cuts, marinating, soaking a few hickory sticks and letting them puff up a good white smoke before gently placing meat onto the sizzling grates. And my creations were plenty tasty. The wife and kids said so. Then we visited Ridgewood Brothers […]

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May 1, 2019 | By More
It’s what you do that defines you

It’s what you do that defines you

As a kid, comic book heroes intrigued me for various reasons. Of course incredible physical abilities were part of the appeal. But the biggest attraction was the alter egos, the dual personalities, the ability to shift between two completely different people at will or sometimes when triggered by outside influences. Comic book characters could live […]

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May 1, 2019 | By More
Out of the darkness

Out of the darkness

  If you take a gander at the calendar in this issue of ABOUT, you’ll note that the month of April is bursting with activities in much the same way your yard is likely bursting with the green of new vegetation. After the cold months and the schizophrenic days of March, we want to celebrate […]

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April 1, 2019 | By More
A nearby faraway

A nearby faraway

The old white farmhouse was tucked into a corner with woods on two sides. A gentle ridge dense with post oak and hickory lifted north and the woods extended west behind the house for nearly a mile. Granny and Poppy moved there when I was five. The woods held my attention from that first viewing. […]

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April 1, 2019 | By More
Simply Sublime

Simply Sublime

How do you know if you’re visiting a quality restaurant? It’s not always the case, but you can often get some idea of how good the food will be based on the decor, lighting, and appointments. It tells you if this restaurateur understands eye appeal. Done right, it creates a slow-burn anticipation. Smell is also […]

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April 1, 2019 | By More
A taste of old Mexico

A taste of old Mexico

Defining Mexican food is best done by first clearly understanding what is not Mexican food. As Anthony Bourdain once said: “It’s not melted cheese over tortilla chips.” It’s also not Taco Bell.Though the offerings are often delicious in their own right, it’s not the various Tex-Mex establishments found in nearly every town. I used to […]

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March 1, 2019 | By More
Woe to Live On

Woe to Live On

Every now and then you stumble across one of those books. Maybe it was suggested by a friend. Maybe you’ve read the author’s previous work and yearned for more. But whatever brings you to the book, you know within just a few pages that this is one that’s going to stick with you. A magnetic […]

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March 1, 2019 | By More
The rail runs through and through

The rail runs through and through

Hank Williams Sr. sang about the midnight train whining low and how that forlorn moan — along with a whip-poor-will, a crying moon, weeping robin, and a falling star — amplified his loneliness. It’s a song of poetic beauty. But my experience with all of those components has had the opposite affect on me. The […]

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March 1, 2019 | By More
Crusty, creamy, golden goodness

Crusty, creamy, golden goodness

Slogging through the gray days of our shortest month, that somehow seems twice as long as any other month, is always a challenge. We lean on a couple of crutches to get us through — the hope that warmer weather is just around the corner inspired by the occasional bright spring-like day and comfort food. […]

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February 1, 2019 | By More