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About Lieberman

LFL is, in a word, magic. Her gastronomic expertise is a unique combination of southern Protestant soul food and 6,000 years of traditional Jewish cooking. Having spent most of her childhood and early adulthood in her grandmother’s kitchen, LFL acquired all of her extraordinary culinary prowess through mere observation. She’ll bake a perfect ham, serve it with tsimmes and green beans, and offer you chocolate covered bacon for dessert. Some folks need a dollop of fairy dust to pull off fabulous meals. But LFL knows better. She knows that with the right three ingredients, anything is possible: 1) Butter 2) Zataar 3) Old Bay Of course, a little glitter never hurts either. So watch out, Casey Brent. LFL’s people have been winning wars for millenia…and there’s a good chance she’ll win this one, too.

Valentine’s Day is dumb. But food is awesome!


Like I told JT: I might think that Valentine’s Day is dumb and hyper-commercialized, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like getting Valentine-y stuff. I just can’t help myself.

Thanks to SMU’s theatre schedule, JT has been in tech pretty much every day for almost two weeks–including Valentine’s Day–so any plans we wanted to make had to be scheduled around tech. This resulted in me cooking dinner on Saturday, and JT planning a Valentine’s Day lunch. Both were fantastically tasty. And JT definitively took the title of Best Boyfriend in the History of Ever.

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Pretentious Dinner Gets a Lot Less Classy (Or Did It?)


Yes, yes, it’s been awhile. Let’s just say I’ve been busy…

…eating lots of tasty foods…

I promise I’m working on posts from all of my adventures in the Land of Comestibles this past fall, but for now, I thought I’d share with you how JT and I managed to de-class Pretentious Dinner.

What happens when a very hungry Lindsey and JT go to Central Market? They end up purchasing an absolutely ridiculous assortment of noshes, and pass it off as some kind of meal.

We just couldn’t help ourselves; we grabbed practically everything we saw. Everything looked so tasty! It wasn’t until we got home and laid out all of the food that we (okay, maybe just I) realized that our days of Pretentious Dinner were no longer nearly as classy. We used to have things like fruit, cheese, artisinal bread, pastries, and wine. We’ve thrown tailgate brunches with challah french toast grilled cheeses and mimosas (post coming later). We’ve attended food truck park openings, toured breweries, and celebrated my birthday with bacon lollipops. But last night was kind of just one hell of a (delicious) trainwreck.

At first the menu seemed perfectly pretentious:

  • Salami
  • Two kinds of cheese
  • Hummus
  • Pita
  • Challah

Then it slips just a bit: Instead of wine, we had Hoptober. One of my favorite beers, thankyouverymuch.

But then we really started going downhill with the condiments:

  • Cheap spicy mustard
  • A mostly-eaten package of Oreos that we bought the previous night at 7-Eleven
  • Caffeine-free Pepsi
  • Sour cream
  • Ranch dressing

And finally, the piece de unclassy resistance: Tot-chos.

Yeah, that’s a thing. JT and I first had them at Palomino in Milwaukee last month, after getting stranded because of a missed flight connection. But clearly it wasn’t a complete fail, thanks to Tot-chos. Holy hell were they good! Tasty, tasty little tater tots, topped with cheese and pico de gallo, and dipped in sour cream or ranch. Also incredibly delicious: Sweet potato tots. They were probably my favorite, especially when paired with a Lakefront IPA, but I have yet to find either of them here in Dallas.

So there you go. Meats, cheeses, breads, and tot-chos. You might judge me, but I don’t care. It was an awesomely delicious, classless, pretentious dinner. Just see for yourself:

Pretentiously unclassy

You know you want this

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I Support the Arts. Do You?


Supporting the Arts isn’t just about watching the proverbial fat lady sing a rousing interpretation of some angry German aria, watching Juliet fall in ohmygodsomuch love with Romeo, making the annual pilgrimage to the local high school’s production of the Nutcracker, or pretending to understand why a blob of paint represents human frailty. It’s also about drinking. Don’t believe me? Here’s why you should:

It takes more than just a good plot line and a few attractive performers to make an opera/ballet/movie/theater performance a success. And that “more” is “props”. A prop might be a chair, or a table cloth, or a sand-filled toy wombat covered in fake blood. No, seriously. That happened. But sometimes (and more often than not), a prop is also a 12-pack of Budweiser or a pile of empty liquor bottles. Continue reading

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Happy Apple Day!!


Okay–this is a quick post, but with the promise of much more to come later. Casey and I have both been rather busy lately, though I for one can assure you that I’ve been busy in the kitchen, making as many apple-focused foods as humanly possible. Not just for Apple Day, but for Rosh Hashanah as well (double the apple fun!). So at any rate, here we go…

Casey and I went to Mary Baldwin College , a magical liberal arts women’s college with a rich history of traditions. One tradition is Apple Day. Here’s a brief explanation that I wrote back in 2009: Continue reading

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I heart Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, and so should you


“So I have a question…if I tell you that I have a food blog, can I score a free tshirt?”

Honestly, I didn’t expect that to work. But it did.

Dallas has jumped on the food truck bandwagon, and so far, it’s been a win. One truck that I had been waiting for rather impatiently is Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe. In their own words:

We are a kitschy mobile food truck serving up the finest melt in your mouth classic grilled cheese sandwiches.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I love grilled cheese. And I especially love when someone else makes grilled cheese for me.

So imagine my glee when, while checking Twitter Friday night, I saw that Ruthie’s would be setting up the next day in front of Bank of Texas on Hillcrest, presumably to entice all the folks at SMU for the UTEP game. Bonus: Bank of Texas is about three blocks from my apartment, and it’s right next to 7-Eleven, which meant that not only could I finally sample a long-coveted Ruthie’s grilled cheese, but I could chase it down with my favorite beverage.

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