The Unorthodox Epicure — General Tso’s Chicken Wings

Of all the Chinese joints I’ve ever eaten at, only one has creative enough to re-purpose two of its most popular menu selections in coming up with a newfangled appetizer. General Tso’s Chicken Wings. I first saw General Tso’s Chicken Wings little more than a year ago at a restaurant in Seabrook, Texas — only […]

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 […]

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 — Southern Fried Scallop Squash

For a squash variety that’s been around so long, the creamy white scallop variety sure is elusive these days. Widely grown by native Americans for centuries, and even documented by Europeans in the late 16th century, it seems the only places to find it now is at farmers markets and you-pick-it farms. I harvested these […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Eating chips and queso with C.B. Stubblefield (Recipe: Stubb’s Chili con Queso)

Once in a blue moon, my out-of-the-box thinking turns into a reward. And the folks at Stubb’s® regularly lead me to that creative corner. Now, before you start thinking this is one of those sponsored posts, just stop. Not that I don’t accept sponsorships from purveyors of products that I actually love, but my relationship with Stubb’s® […]

Confession No. 139 — Some folks doth protest too much, methinks (Recipe: Apple Brie Crostini)

Unlike many friends and even more acquaintances, I watched the nationwide protests of this mid-January with nary an ounce of consternation. Before you go thinking that I’m indifferent or have internally marginalized those who choose to question authority, I implore you to get to know me. Truth is, I’ve openly challenged jurisdiction more times than […]

The RV Chronicles — Batten down the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ hatches (Recipe: Grilled Peel & Eat Shrimp)

It was almost a year ago that I applied for a new job position on a whim. Though I’m one of the few people in this world whose Mondays are (really) my Fridays, I needed a change in locale. So, I moved from the 42nd largest city in Texas to the 4th largest city in […]

The RV Chronicles — Pleasing the doctor and my taste buds (Recipe: Thai Turmeric Lime Wings)

Of my 17 loyal followers, my physician isn’t among them. Thank goodness … most of the time. Yes, I’ve had plenty of non-doctor-prescribed meals here at the Jimmy Rockford — fried this and pork belly-laden that. But once in a while, I whip up something that might even be Club Med approved. These Thai Turmeric […]

The RV Chronicles — Beating up on restaurants at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Fish Nachos)

Truth is, much of my cooking and recipe development originates with restaurant let-downs. One of the more recent disappointments reared its head at a fish taco dive in downtown Austin. My wife and I were there for the weekend for her very first 5K, and we’d decided to take in some of the city’s weird […]

The RV Chronicles — Still cooking with Ally … Sort of (Recipe: Lemony Sumac Shrimp Skewers)

One of the really cool things about footprints is that they can lead you on a path you never expected to follow. It’s been almost a year since I received for review Ally’s Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous Palates, Dr. Alice Phillips’ foray into the world of cookbooks. As I’ve done with the more than […]