asparagus wrapped with Serrano ham

The Unorthodox Epicure — Serrano Ham-Wrapped Asparagus

If there’s one thing you should know about Serrano ham, it’s this: Grandma didn’t serve this stuff at Easter during your childhood. Nope. Well, unless you lived in Spain as a child. Whereas the ham we (North Americans) are used to is a smoky juicy delicacy in itself, our friends in Spain serve up this […]

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NaCl in a nutshell

Wars have been fought over it; it’s been used as currency; and it makes our eggs taste better. But salt also toughens bean skins, and breaks down egg whites when added at the beginning of cooking. Sodium chloride also pulls moisture from raw vegetables, which is great for eggplant, but not so good for mushrooms. Salt soups and stews near the end of cooking as well. Why? Because they reduce as they cook, enhancing any salt that might already be in there. Added too much salt? There might be a fix. Add additional liquid, or peel and quarter a potato, add a chunk or two and simmer with the soup. Discard the salty potato. (7/12)

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asparagus wrapped with Serrano ham

The Unorthodox Epicure — Serrano Ham-Wrapped Asparagus

If there’s one thing you should know about Serrano ham, it’s this: Grandma didn’t serve this stuff at Easter during your childhood. Nope. Well, unless you lived in Spain as a child. Whereas the ham we (North Americans) are used to is a smoky juicy delicacy in itself, our friends in Spain serve up this […]

Barbecued Spiced Fish —

The Unorthodox Epicure — Barbecued Spiced Fish

Store-bought barbecue rubs are a lot like the jars of salsa that sit across the aisle. They’re a dime a dozen. Sure, most of them deliver on their promise, but there are very few varieties out there that are truly special. Lucky me, I found one. It’s from a very small company called Rubbin’ Right. […]

chickpea salad in bowl

The Unorthodox Epicure — Easy Peasy Chickpea Salad

There have been plenty of times that I’ve mocked delicious restaurant fare, but it was always planned. Take Schlotzsky’s, for example. I ate their funky sandwiches for 20-some-odd years before finally making a copycat worthy of sharing with my 19 loyal readers. Same thing with Pizza Hut’s Supreme Sandwich. I grew up on it and […]

Bread Cheese — Just warm and cube it, and let your taste buds run wild.

Food Snob Chronicles — Bread Cheese. Who knew?

I know my Manchego. Bries and Blues — well-rounded. I’m even sharp when it comes to Cheddars. But Bread Cheese? What in tarnation is Bread Cheese? Lucky me. I found out in the most unlikely of ways. ‘Adam, you’ve got to try this cheese,’ Catherine told me as I dodged scooter-drivers and cart-pushers at my […]