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A recent lunch adventure took us to Mr. Chen’s Chinese Restaurant, in the old Chuck-E-Cheese building on I-55.  While the absence of skee-ball is a definite negative, everything else was great.  I went out on a limb and ordered the … Continue reading

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King Cake – Make Your Own

She may not be the prettiest girl at the (Mardi Gras) ball, but she sure could [insert slightly off color comment here]. Easy recipe to follow. Adapted from the excellent Cooking Up a Storm cookbook. Dough:  Combine 1 envelope active … Continue reading

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Your Weekend Plans

Admit it.  You have no plans this weekend.  There is no NFL football to watch, and you don’t care about the NBA until the playoffs.  Exercising is for losers who actually stick to their New Year’s resolutions.  So get off … Continue reading

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Strawberry Beers Forever

Who isn’t sick and tired of scotch and wine.  Those beverages are so winter.  I mean, crawfish season is practically here, and nothing says going to bed before sundown like trying to cool down your spicy crawfish mouth with scotch. … Continue reading

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It’s For the Kids

We here at FBOFW are always looking out for the welfare of the Capital City’s younger residents.  Therefore, I encourage everyone to attend the Speakeasy Soiree on Saturday night at the Auditorium.  Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of … Continue reading

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Steam Room Grille Downtown Cafe – Jackson, MS

The Steam Room Grille was a steak/lobster restaurant in a highly visible location on the I-55 North service road. Despite passing it thousands of times, I never stopped by to eat. Apparently I was not the only person who drove … Continue reading

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Chargrilled Oysters

Once upon a time, back when my wife was not yet my wife, she lived in uptown New Orleans in a great house in a cool neighborhood.  But the house had one major flaw.  It did not have a grill … Continue reading

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Breakfast for Dinner

So it was a warm winter’s night and the fridge was bereft of legitimate meats or vegetables.  McDade’s market is nearly a half mile away and clearly not an option.  What is a poor newlywed couple supposed to eat?  Bacon, … Continue reading

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Bodega – Jackson, MS

Photo Credit: Creative Process The western edge of downtown Jackson has really taken off in the past year or so.  The King Edward restoration/conversion, at the heart of the renaissance, was quickly followed by the restoration  of the Standard Life … Continue reading

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Smothered Pork Roast

Donald Link’s Real Cajun is a must-have cookbook.  Everything – and I mean everything – in that book is a keeper.  One of the easiest recipes is for a smothered pork shoulder or Boston butt, and, given that I was … Continue reading

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