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Making Great Smoothies

I had my first smoothie in the early 80’s at a place called the Hobbit Hole here in Houston. That may ring some bells and bring back some memories for some. At the time, I was just a kid and hadn’t ever heard of a smoothie until I ordered it. Delicious! Today, I would call […]

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The Great Basic: Mayonnaise & Its Variations

Sandwiches, hamburgers, turkey burgers, dips, and even as an ingredient, I just can’t get by without mayonnaise. I’ve been making my own for a few years now and often make several variations (I promise it is way better than any store bought).Plain old bright white mayonnaise – The basic recipe, using canola oil. Great on everything and as […]

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Be A Fried Rice Superstar

Fried rice is definitely one of the most appetizing of all comfort foods. Is it easy to prepare? Yes. It can certainly end up less than perfect if you are not careful, though. Gummy, lumpy, unevenly cooked. This video demonstrates a shrimp, beef and mixed vegetable fried rice in a basically Chinese style. Maybe it’s […]

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Stop Ruining Cheesecakes!

Cheesecake, when it’s really good, it’s just so wonderfully luxurious and just plain delicious. Not like those dead wedges at the Thanksgiving buffet or conference center dessert table. A few years ago I was asked to make a pecan cheese pie (a cheese pie being a sort of lazy man’s cheesecake). That didn’t work out so well actually, […]

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Finer Flavors Blog Grand Opening Post

This is the B. J. B. Clique Finer Flavors blog. A blog about food, flavors, cooking. It’s where the subject of food and cooking intersects what I like, do and think.  The blog is really about food that I love.  I know what I like. I can have strong opinions about food (“raw oysters, salmon […]