The Unorthodox Epicure — Recipe: Beef Barbacoa

This ain’t the barbacoa you’ve had at Chipotle. Nope. This is legit. If you’ve ever patronized a real Mexican restaurant on Saturday morning, you’ve probably had something close to this. But not quite. The meat in this recipe melts in your mouth quicker than the ice at Sonic. And it has more flavor than the […]

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Save those wine corks

Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon — way back in 1680 — revolutionized the wine industry with it. Since then, because of its impermeability and slow-burning properties, it’s been used in everything from wall insulation to the aerospace industry. But the acids and enzymes in cork are also a valuable tool for cooks. They can help cut cooking time by as much as half when 2-3 used wine corks are added to a soup or stew containing meat. Don’t forget to remove and discard the corks before serving. (9/12)

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The Unorthodox Epicure — Recipe: Beef Barbacoa

This ain’t the barbacoa you’ve had at Chipotle. Nope. This is legit. If you’ve ever patronized a real Mexican restaurant on Saturday morning, you’ve probably had something close to this. But not quite. The meat in this recipe melts in your mouth quicker than the ice at Sonic. And it has more flavor than the […]

Confession No. 150 — Let 2018 begin! (Recipe: Smoked Tomato Salsa)

At this time one year ago, four of us lived in a 32-foot RV near the Galveston Bay, and we were merely toying with the idea of moving to a (temporary) home so that I could have some peace and quiet for studying. By September, that RV and our new temporary home were mostly gone. […]

Confession No. 149 — A feisty notary and my sacred blue pen: A Hurricane Harvey recovery story

It was a Tuesday just like any other these days. I had to leave the office early to deal with more Hurricane Harvey aftermath. But this time I had to forge through the Small Business Administration. Anyone who enters FEMA mitigation must first go through the SBA process, and that includes applying for a loan, […]

Confession No. 148 – When it rains, it pours. Goodbye old friend.

Chester is gone. My feelings are no different than what so many people, myself included, have experienced. The grief and mourning of losing a four-legged family member. Chester was our grey and black-striped short-haired cat. He came to us about six years ago as a wily personable kitten, born of a feral mother who’d been […]