Monday, October 1, 2012

Bro's/Prince's Hot Chicken

I've eaten at a couple of notable Nashville restaurants lately, Bro's Cajun Cuisine and Prince's Hot Chicken, both of which have been featured on Food Network in the past, apparently. I haven't seen the shows, but both restaurants had pictures of Guy Fieri hanging on the walls.


I was born in Louisiana and, though I didn't grow up there or anything, my mother learned a few traditional cajun recipes while we lived there, so I have enough familiarity with the flavors to know what it's supposed to taste like. That said, of the three cajun restaurants I know of in the area--Crawdaddy's in Cookeville, The Foglight in Walling and Bro's--Bro's is the most authentic in flavor, owing to the fact that much of the food is prepared using actual cajun ingredients flown in from Louisiana.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Apple and Pear Pie



1 gala apple
1 anjou pear
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and pepper to taste
1 tbsp melted butter

Peel fruit and slice very thinly.  Layer onto pie crust.  Mix flour, sugar and spices.  Add butter to dry ingredients.  Once mixed it should look somewhat sandy.  Sprinkle evenly over the fruit, fold crust over and top with a pat of butter.  Bake at 350F for about 40 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow to cool and enjoy!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Butter Shave

There's an episode of Seinfeld, S09E01 The Butter Shave (, in which Kramer shaves with butter instead of shaving cream and claims "the butter shave" is actually superior to one using more traditional shaving lubricants. I've always been curious whether this was true or not, so I looked it up on the internet, expecting to see a few dozen youtube clips of people butter-shaving, maybe some discussion boards debating which butter produces a closer shave, etc. Turns out, there's nothing. Sure, there are a few mentions of butter-shaving on Yahoo! Answers, but even there, it's mostly people saying "dunno, never tried it," or the occasional "I heard a guy tried it once and it sucked." So, in the name of SCIENCE, I decided to test it out.

For the experiment, I shaved half of my face with butter and the other half with normal barbasol shaving cream to get a good comparison; this is sometimes known as "The Pepsi Challenge." For the butter, I used Kroger-brand sweet cream, unsalted butter. I figured salted butter might increase irritation and/or dry out my skin.

Here I am, buttering myself up for a nice shave:

While applying the butter, you can expect an overwhelming butter smell--like a fresh bag of movie popcorn--to fill the room. I used a cool, slightly softened, fresh stick of butter, and it melted further as I applied it, leaving a nice, even coat:

As soon as the razor touched my face, I noticed a definite difference. The sensation is, unsurprisingly, much greasier than a conventional shaving lubricant, and it quickly gums your razor up with a mixture of hair, dead skin and butter. Be sure to clean your razor often with scaldingly hot water, or else the butter sludge will solidify and clog things up entirely after only a few strokes. I usually clean my razor with cold water, so I learned this the hard way. Once I switched to hot water, though, the butter mixture was actually easier to clean out than normal shaving scum.

When compared with the traditional shaving lubricant, the butter produced a closer shave with noticeably less iritation, especially when shaving against the grain. Here's the aftermath:

And, finally, a closeup comparison, butter on the left.

As you can see, the butter earned a decisive win, with a closer, more complete shave, less irritation and a sexier smell (this one is up for debate, of course) versus the traditional barbasol shaving cream. However, butter is an order of magnitude more expensive than barbasol, so I won't be employing the butter shave regularly in the future; just when I want to treat myself.

Leave a comment if you have any questions or would like to share your own experiences shaving with dairy products.