Confession No. 144 — The flood water is just the beginning

Our days and nights have become a blur. We overdrew our energy supply a couple days ago and are operating on adrenaline fumes and combustive emotion. I’m so exhausted that I had to double-check with my wife about today’s day and date. Such, as I’m learning, is just one of the many effects of the […]

Confession No. 143 — The sun shines on Houston

It’s been said that the sun will come up tomorrow, and it did in Houston on this late August day. That bright light truly came much earlier for my family, though I wanted to doubt its presence.  “We’ve never had best friends,” my wife said to me. “Mario and Linda are our best friends, I […]

Confession No. 142 — The human condition is alive and well

So long as you believe everything you see, read and hear these days, the human race is going to hell in a hand basket. We care nothing about anything. Except maybe ourselves. I held similar beliefs … until a few days ago. My family and I are residents of the greater Houston area. My 19 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Sous Vide Chicken Piccata

Leave it to the French to render an Italian recipe better than the original. And we Americans also contributed, surprisingly enough. I’m talking about sous vide, a simple but relatively recent method of cooking under vacuum in water — at a constant pre-set temperature. It was a cooperative development of French and American engineers, and […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Presenting The MegaWatt (aka ‘The J.J. Watt Dog’)

It’s nice to know people. No, I don’t know J.J. Watt. Ashamedly, I’d never really heard of him before moving to the Houston area a couple years ago. But trust me when I say that the mere mention of his name in these parts makes men stand up and salute, and women shudder with delight. […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Jolly Rancher (Frozen Watermelon Cocktail)

Quick! What’s your favorite Jolly Rancher candy? According to various voting sites out there, Blue Raspberry wins hands down. Cherry tends to come in second. And then there’s my favorite — watermelon. Truth is, I prefer the tartness of watermelon-flavored Jolly Ranchers over the real thing. This frozen concoction offers the best of both worlds. […]