Kvas: The Original Slavic Soda Pop

I was very fortunate to study Russian language at St. Louis University High School for the first two years of my high school career. To compound the blessing, my teacher was Mr. Gregory Morris, who spoke beautiful Muscovite Russian and taught us as much about the culture as he did the language. Continue reading “Kvas: The Original Slavic Soda Pop”

Gyulaí Kolbasz: Smoked Hungarian Sausage

We don’t have a large Hungarian population in St. Louis, so the really good homemade-quality sausages are somewhat out of reach. We do, however, have access to some commercially produced Hungarian charcuterie at international supermarkets. Jay International on South Grand and Global Foods in Kirkwood come to mind. I picked up this one-pound package of Bende Gyulaí Kolbasz at Jay International for about $5. Continue reading “Gyulaí Kolbasz: Smoked Hungarian Sausage”

Imperial Roast Pork: Even Better Than It Sounds

I was living in Zagreb, in an old working class neighborhood called Kustošija on the west side of town.  My apartment was a good 15-minute walk from the transit hub in Črnomerec, where you can hop a tram or bus to just about anywhere in the city. Continue reading “Imperial Roast Pork: Even Better Than It Sounds”

Start Eating These Fish

In the post-apocalyptic hellscape our descendants will almost certainly call home, wouldn’t it would be nice if the nomadic tribes of great-grandchildren roaming the coasts could still catch dinner from the sea? With the way we behave today, it looks as if they may be eating each other. And you may say, “Oh, shut up, John J. Goddard, that’ll never happen,” as if saying it’ll never happen is precisely what needs to be done to make sure it never happens. When I take my last breath I want to believe I did something to help prevent it, like telling you to stop eating so much tuna, salmon and cod, at the very least. Do I think you’ll actually change your eating habits? No. That would require major effort on your part — almost as much effort as it’s going to take to read this essay, or to do anything other than telling me to stop putting unpleasant thoughts in your head. But I’m going to ask you to change anyway, and give you a few reasons why you should at least quit tuna.  Continue reading “Start Eating These Fish”

Easy Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

I can’t remember exactly when I developed this recipe, but it’s extremely easy and delicious. It’s tangy, savory, bright and zesty in all the right ways. It’s maybe the only Caesar salad dressing recipe you will ever need, and I hope you dig the video I made for it. If you’re a member, you can download the song from the members’ music section in the menu up top.