Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Cowboy In The Kitchen will be airing this Wednesday, September 30 at 9:00pm on the W Network on Channel 19. It will be repeated on October 3rd at 1:30pm.

The girls cook for a real Texas chuck wagon chef; cowboys help decide which grade of beef is the best.

Uncle Jack's Jig

Uncle Jack's Jig

Uncle Jack is Terry's Great Uncle. He turned 100 years old this September, 2009. To celebrate, Uncle Jack's Bday Party was held in Gatesville, Texas on Sept 26, 2009.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pics 09.01.09: Fred's Victory Party

Fred's owner and chef Terry Chandler, left, and head cook Angel Mota accepted the plaque honoring Fred's as the judge's champion in INK's Battle of the Burgers. Fred's beat out 31 other terrific Dallas-Fort Worth burger joints in a summerlong NCAA-style bracket competition. About 200 people came to Fred's Tuesday night to celebrate, to win prizes and, of course, to scarf down the champion Diablo Burger (at a discount!) Congrats to Fred's.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Uncle Jack's 100th Bday Party - Gatesville, TX (Sept 26, 2009)

Uncle Jack is Terry's Great Uncle. He turned 100 years old this September, 2009. To celebrate, Uncle Jack's Bday Party was held in Gatesville, Texas on Sept 26, 2009.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

AIR DATE for OUTLAW CHEF on Guy's Big Bite

Big Texas Barbecue

Episode GI0710H

Today Guy's bringing you big flavors in a big hurry and with his friend Terry Chandler's Ten Gallon Hat sized tastebuds. Together they're sharing the sweet and the heat of Vinegar-Brined Baby Back Ribs w/ Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Black Bean & Corn Salad, The Outlaw Chef's "Rio Grande" Cornbread

Tune In:

Oct 18, 2009

11:00 AM ET/PT

Oct 26, 2009
3:00 PM ET/PT

Friday, September 25, 2009

OPA! Good weather for a busy weekend: THE GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL OF DALLAS

The Greek Food Festival of Dallas is a food festival held annually in Dallas, Texas (USA), featuring tradiational Greek cuisine and Greek culture.

First held in Dallas in 1956 and having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006, the Greek Food Festival has grown into an event of national importance, featuring the best of Greek dinners, homemade pastries, wines, Greek music and dances. In addition to this, the spectators have a chance to learn more of Greek history and culture and enjoy cooking demonstrations from Dallas chefs.

Like the majority of Greek festivals, which are organized by the Greek Orthodox Church, recognized as the center of cultural activities of the Greek community, Greek Food Festival of Dallas is also organized by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Greek Food Festival of Dallas From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dallas Morning News Articles:

Dallas-area Greek festivals spotlight traditional foods

How to make the most of the Dallas Greek Festival

Tomorrow: Hit The Cultural Arts District for FREE and stop by FRED'S

September 26, 2009

Fort Worth, Texas is a city where culture and heritage thrive together. Known for its legendary western roots, this city embraces the arts and is home to some of the most beautifully designed museums in the world, with outstanding collections and a vibrant performing arts scene.

On Saturday, September 26, seven cultural destinations will offer free admission and many of Fort Worth's cultural organizations will offer free performances in and around each destination. We welcome you to enjoy the rich cultural experiences that Fort Worth has to offer during the fourth annual Day in the District, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free transportation within the Cultural District will be provided by The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T).

Day in the District also coincides with National Museum Day, so bring your family out to the celebrated Cultural District and enjoy free admission to a variety of art and cultural exhibitions, family-friendly activities and live performances by some of Fort Worth’s favorite arts groups.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Just got the latest in my mailbox...

For those of you that have ever been to a symposium or a convention in your field of endeavor, you quickly realize that there is a dearth of businesses willing and eager to offer you programs and advice to "manage your bottom line", "expand your market", "secure your profitability", and other buzz words designed to make sure your dollars end up in their pockets. I always give these cats the stink eye after hearing their pitch; but there is a very helpful trade magazine for the Food & Beverage Industry in which I do take stock in and read: Sante.

Check out their online version!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This Week's Lineup

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Monday, September 21, 2009

Fred's Texas Cafe on Home and Lifestyle TV

Sunday, September 20, 2009

State Fair Deals - Don't Break the Bank

Opening Day Sept. 25: Bring a full 20 oz. Coca-Cola product for donation to the North Texas Food Bank. Containers are at fair admission gates. You'll enter the state fair for $4 per donation per person.

DART Combo Ticket: Available at Kroger Food Stores. $16 buys 1 general admission to 2009 State Fair of Texas & round-trip transportation on DART the day of your visit. The new green line drops off at front gate and a second station is located within easy walking distance to the MLK entrance.

Dr Pepper $3 Tuesdays: Every Tuesday, bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $3. Most rides on those Tuesdays (excluding the Thrillway, Texas Star & selected other attractions) are 5 coupons.

Dr Pepper $5 after 5 p.m.: Bring an empty Dr Pepper can to any State Fair admission gate after 5 p.m. and enter for $5.

Kroger "Three for $1" Wednesdays: Admission is $1 for each visitor bringing 3 cans of food for area food banks.

Coke $4 Thursdays: Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $4 admission.

HealthSpring and Mature Texan Magazine sponsor of Seniors Day: FREE Thursdays for Senior Citizens 60 years and older.

FREE Cinemark Thursdays: Free admission with a Cinemark Theater ticket stub on Thursdays.

KISS-FM “Fridays at the Fair”: Half-price admission and half-price rides after 5 p.m. on any Friday. Must present coupon printed from KISS-FM website for admission offer. Half-price ride wristbands will be distributed from KISS booth outside Midway Arch from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Fridays only.

Dickies Day: Friday, October 16, wear and show your Dickies logo clothing item at the staffed tent outside the gate and receive a voucher. The voucher is for FREE admission on Friday, October 16 only.

Any Day McDonald's Deal: McDonald's offers $4 off General Admission with one of their State Fair coupons (available on tray liner or bag stuffers) any day of the Fair. A free child ticket (with purchase of general admission) coupon is also distributed by McDonald’s. Offer may not be combined with any other offer.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Coming Friday!

Friday, September 18, 2009

I saw the SUN!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Time to REGISTER! The Outlaw Chef’s Red River Pig Stickin'

The Outlaw Chef’s Red River Pig Stickin is being hosted by the Dennis Ranch in Jefferson County Oklahoma, and is located about 13 miles East of Ryan Oklahoma. We will be hunting approx. 28,000 acres of the South Oklahoma Cross-Timbers country just on the Oklahoma side of the Red River. The geography can be described as plowed ground up-top, (mostly wheat), giving way to lush, entangled & rugged river bottoms, with miles of river bottom pecan orchards. The majority of the river bottom pecan orchards are suitable for walking and stalking, as well as the plowed ground on the above prairie hills. Hunters will sign up for their pasture of choice providing that the number of hunters has not exceeded the limit of hunters allowed. You may switch pastures as openings permit by changing your name to the proper list. Should it rain, all motor vehicles will be restricted to the camp area. If you are caught in the rain and it appears it won’t last long, wait it out and give the roads a chance to dry before returning to camp.

To view more extensive rules, regs, explanations, travel and local info go to:

To view more info on Dennis Ranch Hunting go to:


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

You're Doing it WRONG! How many times have you heard that?

You're Doing It Wrong: How to Properly Buy, Maintain and Use a Knife

Knife Care 101

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

GrapeFest is on it's way!

Gear up for GrapeFest

It’s September and time to get your grape on. Grapevine’s annual outdoor party GrapeFest begins Thursday and runs through Sunday. The 23rd annual GrapeFest has become one of the best events in North Texas to enjoy almost nonstop music, and great food and drink, most notably award-winning wines. There will be a carnival and a midway, arts and crafts booths, a champagne terrace, a draft-beer pavilion, a GrapeStomp and Grapevine winery tasting room tours, among other things. Hours: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free Thursday and until 5 p.m. Friday. After 5 p.m. Friday and on Saturday and Sunday, daily admission is $8; for seniors 62 and older it’s $5; children ages 6 to 12, $5; and children under 6 get in free. A weekend pass pin is $18, and a souvenir pass pin is $23. No pets allowed. 800-457-6338;

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Waco distillery now offering 1st legal Texas whiskey since Prohibition

Now pouring in a bar near you: Texas’ first legal whiskey since Prohibition, made right here in Waco.

Balcones Distilling Co. is now shipping its Hopi blue corn whiskey, called “Baby Blue,” to liquor stores and watering holes in Waco and Texas’ biggest cities.

Joining it on the shelves is a unique 94-proof liquor called Rumble, distilled at Balcones from Texas wildflower honey, Mission figs and raw sugar. Still to come this winter is a Scotch-like malted barley whiskey.

Balcones owner Chip Tate built his distillery system from scratch with his two-person crew in an old warehouse in the shadow of the 17th Street railroad bridge. He started distilling after getting his license late last year. Tate has been a dedicated homebrewer for 18 years and has spent the past two years learning the science of distilling, including an apprenticeship in Scotland.

But Texas is his inspiration and his target market.

“We’re using very traditional methods to distill this stuff,” he said. “But we’re very proud to be a Texas distillery. This is what it makes sense to do. Why shouldn’t there be a whiskey that’s good with barbecue?”

Texans like to say everything in Texas is big. Legal distilleries are anything but.

There are only nine licensed distilleries in the state; the oldest, Tito's Vodka of Austin, is just 11 years old. However, that total will be upped by one if Chip Tate succeeds.

The 33-year-old Waco businessman has applied for state and federal licenses to allow him to produce small-batch whiskey. He owns Tate Technologies in Waco, a technological consultant to higher education agencies.

Although he won't be able to call it Scotch whisky, Tate said his Balcones Distillery would use Scottish techniques and peated malt.

"We're drawing on a lot of old traditions, but this will be a Texas whiskey. We're not apologetic about that," he told the Waco Tribune-Herald. "We're hoping to be the original Texas whiskey. ... I think it will be something that both bourbon and scotch drinkers will like."

Tate, who worked at a distillery in Scotland last summer and is an associate member the International Guild of Brewing and Distilling, said he also plans to sell a liquor called Rumble, similar to rum but contains mission figs, Texas wildflower honey and turbinado sugar.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Heavy RAIN? ZestFest continues unabated....

ZestFest 2009 is the ultimate party for bold and flavorful food enthusiasts. Hosted by Chile Pepper Magazine in Fort Worth, Texas ZestFest will be action-packed. Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples will make September 11-13, 2009 the zestiest weekend of the year!

ZestFest takes place within the Will Rogers Memorial Center, located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Attracting more then two million visitors per year, the Will Rogers Center hosts cultural, equestrian and recreational activities year-round.

Zestfest At long last, a food festival that isn’t for pansies. Sponsored by Chile Pepper magazine (which rests right next to Vanity Fair in our bathroom), this weekend-long celebration of spicy food features cooking demos, live music and free samples galore. We suggest packing extra bottled water and Rolaids.

When: 3-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth

Cost: $10; children under 5 free.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Raining? That Means It Is HAPPY HOUR at FRED'S!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Letterman's Top Ten List: Questions to ask Big Tex Before Eating Deep Fried Butter

Letterman's Top Ten List: Questions to Ask Big Tex Before Eating Fried Butter

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Gallery Night at FRED'S

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fried butter, peach dish win top titles at State Fair competition

Fried butter, peach dish win top titles at State Fair competition

Sunday, September 6, 2009

C'mon Down!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Tom Butler Memorial Bronc Riding Scholarship

You are at the Tom Butler Memorial
Bronc Riding Scholarship and Foundation Web Site!
The TBMBR event was initially organized by cowboy and saddle maker Jeff Gray as a way to honor Tom Butler, of Guthrie, Texas. Butler was an 18-year-old Texas Tech University student when his life was tragically ended in a vehicle accident in February 2006. Butler was one of the shining stars of the cowboy and ranching community, having earned many awards and titles in ranch rodeos and horse competitions, as well as athletic and scholastic activities.

Even though he had yet to reach his 20th birthday, Butler was already a legend in many respects. He was one of those rare individuals that had a memorable, positive impact on everyone he met, young and old. He lived life with infectious passion and purpose, with the wisdom of someone three times his age. At the young age of 17 he prophetically wrote: “We focus so much on what we're waiting for that we miss or forget to appreciate what we have.”

The TBMBR is one small way to keep his legend alive. Make plans now to be in Post, Texas on October 17th, 2009 to be a part of this special event. Donations to the TBMBR scholarship fund are always accepted and appreciated.

For more information, or to obtain an entry form, contact Traci Butler at 806-596-4632 or by e-mail at

Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day weekend in Fort Worth

If smaller crowds and no cover is your thing, you’ll want to make your way over to Fred’s Texas Café on Sunday for their Labor Day party. Kurt South Band kicks off the day’s festivities at noon. Darrin Kobetick plays at 3 p.m., and Grimy Styles hits the stage at 6 p.m. And of course the slip n slide will be in operation all day.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Red Stegal Cowboy Gathering 2009, OCTOBER 23-25

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I literally cannot drive by West. I may be full of turkey and dressing from holiday over-indulgence, but I still must hit Exit 353 and grab some Nemecek's Hot Chubbies or Sausage Rolls from the CzechStop. WestFest is the annual Labor Day Polka hoe down anchored by Grammy Winning Texas band Brave Combo . Labor Day is always busy, so if you can't make it this year, they kindly put up some WebCams:

WestFest on MySpace
City of West

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My Buddy and I ...

...were just discussing what what certifiably insane new fried thing would make its appearance this Texas State Fair. I think we can up with the Deep Fried Arby's Employee Hat, something I remember from my unfortunate childhood. Yet, little did I expect:

Deep fried butter at the State Fair of Texas: Delicacy or death trap?