Michael Stern

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Frito Pies (or Not) Across America

    I suffer under no delusions that Frito pies -- whether Texan in origin or not -- are as popular outside of Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico as they are in this Frito tied-triangle. I understand that Frito pies are to our region as lutefisk suppers are to Minnesota or lobster rolls are to Maine. However, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    A Valentine's Brinner

    ​What does everyone love on Valentine's? Either chocolate or a substitute for chocolate -- power, sex, hallucinogens, puppy dogs (please don't mix those all at once). Now, what does everyone love, anytime? Breakfast for dinner: "brinner." If you didn't get in gear and make reservations for a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2008

    A Short History of Shrimp Grits

    Shrimp grits started out as a seasonal fisherman’s dish of shrimp cooked in bacon grease served over creamy grits in the Low Country where they were also known as “breakfast shrimp.” The simple seafood breakfast became an iconic Southern dish after Craig Claiborne wrote about it in the New Yor ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 21, 2007

    I Love CFS: 25 Lovable Chicken-Fried Steaks

    Who invented the CFS? There are a lot of competing theories. Whose do you love? Better try them all to be sure.

  • Dining

    May 1, 2003

    Barbecue in Black and White

    Carving the racism out of Texas barbecue mythology

  • Dining

    July 11, 2002

    When Jeffrey Met Thelma

    A Vogue foodie takes on an East Texas mess o' meat

  • Dining

    January 11, 2001

    Chicken-Fried Honor

    George's civic slur