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The Unorthodox Epicure — (Recipe): Tex-Mex Breakfast Tacos

I remember my first breakfast taco like it was yesterday. The year was 1982 … maybe? (Hey, the year doesn’t matter. I was young!) My church youth group was on a spring break trip in Corpus Christi and a few of us guys ended up sleeping at the home of a military doctor. Their house […]

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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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BreakfastTacos

The Unorthodox Epicure — (Recipe): Tex-Mex Breakfast Tacos

I remember my first breakfast taco like it was yesterday. The year was 1982 … maybe? (Hey, the year doesn’t matter. I was young!) My church youth group was on a spring break trip in Corpus Christi and a few of us guys ended up sleeping at the home of a military doctor. Their house […]

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This essay is dedicated to all of you folks who have gone way out on that overemotional limb about 2,064 times too many. My disdain for drama queens is nothing new. I’ve lived through about 11-dozen years of it with my 16-year-old daughter. I’ve worked with people who could’ve won an Oscar in the melodramatic […]