"...When we eat at some of the better local barbecue temples around town, we take serious note of any sausage that has that old-school taste: The sensory buds activate, we perk up, and we smile. It's this great taste that is disappearing as the flavor of sausage gets dumbed down for the lowest common consumer..."
"...Sausage Makers Back in the prerefrigeration days, every local community had a butcher shop, usually owned by the biggest cattle raiser in the immediate area. They needed a way to prevent spoilage of meat that didn't sell, and a way to use the trimmings, so smokers were built, and sausages were stuffed, as it had been done back in the old country..."
"...In the recent past, this was the job of the butcher, a trade that required years of apprenticeship to master. Today, the butcher is quickly being replaced by assembly-line meat cutters, working in huge processing plants, who would become rapidly befuddled if they had to make more than a few specific cuts on a carcass...."
"...We're of the mind that bacon – and by extension, all pork products – should be a staple food...."
"...A fire in a deep fryer caused some midday excitement at the Belmont (305 W. Sixth, 457-0300, www.thebelmontaustin.com) on Friday, according to general manager Donnie Johnson, who says quick-thinking sous chef Chelsea Burchiester was getting the blaze under control with an extinguisher when the fire trucks arrived..."
"...In Magnolia Cafe's early days on South Congress, the only source of neighborhood color seemed to come from the drab tones of disillusioned hookers and winos languishing along the avenue. The scenery didn't especially hold the promise of success for a business branching out from its home base on Lake Austin Boulevard to a second location in South Austin...."
"...Lydia Salas founded Circle S Catering, providing hot lunches to several private school campuses around the city. The business eventually grew to include the family's popular drive-thru barbecue outlet at the corner of Oltorf and South First streets..."
"...50-year old Balsamic vinegar I attended a Professional Food Writer's Symposium at the Greenbrier Resort back in March. On the last evening we were there, our hosts served a Marketplace Tasting Dinner featuring a fascinating selection of meats, seafoods, cheeses and breads and condiments they expected to be popular in the coming year..."
"...Because we always ate such a light breakfast on Christmas morning, the holiday dining ritual of my childhood included a festive Christmas Eve supper of crisp waffles, thick slabs of crunchy peppered bacon, and steaming mugs of coffee or hot chocolate. This was one of my mother's favorite parties..."
"...Dear Luv Doc, I read that this year McDonald’s is an official sponsor of SXSW. Is this a sign of the end times? Is Austin about to be consumed in a lake of fire? - McLovinit..."