The RV Chronicles — The human race is going to hell in a hand basket, and other observations

I tend to notice the mostly unnoticeable — such as the misspelled words on the Diary Queen marquee or the successive series of signs posted along the highway that start with “Your wife is hot.” and end with “Call Acme A/C service!” about a half-mile later. So should it come as no surprise that I […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Spicy Fried Rice w/ Crispy Gizzards

I know what you’re thinking. ‘Gizzards?’ Yeah, gizzards. Through the years I’ve learned that some people don’t care for them because they are among the eight (or nine if you’re KFC) traditional chicken pieces, while others just can’t stand the texture. I love them though, no matter how they’re sliced. (Or cooked.) As a child, […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Grilling w/ C.B. ‘Stubb’ Stubblefield

Today is a first in my four years here. Indeed, it’s taken me this long to agree to a product partnership. But it’s also taken this long to get an offer about a product I actually love. And this product comes from my home state of Texas. Go figure. Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q. When the nice […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Review: Ally’s Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous Palates

If you’ve ever seen the quirky film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, you might be able to envision the travels you’ll take with Dr. Alice Phillips, author of Ally’s Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous Palates. There are a couple of major differences though. For one, Ally brings back delicious evidence of her globetrotting, and her […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Vietnamese-style Pork Ribs

Quickly, name two Vietnamese dishes. Now, read on. Did you answer Phở?  What was your second answer?  No worries. I won’t tell anyone … especially since you helped me prove my point that Vietnamese cuisine has been unfairly stereotyped here in America. Just about every culture’s food has been viewed similarly here.  I know people […]

The Unorthodox Epicure: Szechuan Salt & Pepper Shrimp

It hits the tongue with a light lemony flavor, then brings a tingling sensation — similar to the feeling in your foot when it ‘falls asleep,’ except much more pleasant. Within a few seconds the tingling gives way to a mild numbness … and then some barely-detectable heat. Behold the Szechuan Peppercorn, which is not a […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Thai Grilled Chicken

Imagine this scenario: You pull into your driveway after a long day at work; you exit your car and the first thing that hits you is the aroma of whatever is cooking on the neighbor’s grill.  Oh, you’ve planned your menu and have insisted on sticking to it. But your Aunt Martha’s famous tuna casserole […]

Confession No. 135 — I just want to be your wave neighbor

We’re the people in your neighborhood with the ongoing construction projects. Yep, we’re the ones who occasionally leave our trash can at the curb for an extra four days. For as long as I remember, we’ve averaged at least one toy left in the yard per day. And sometimes our cars aren’t parked in line […]

Food Snob Chronicles — (Recipe): Chinese Hot & Sour Soup

My love affair with Chinese Hot & Sour Soup began long ago. Well before I realized what I wanted to do when I grew up. Years before I met my soul mate. And it happened in my little hometown. Longview, Texas is a catfish and chain restaurant town. I remember a mom & pop Italian […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Shrimp: The real chicken of the sea

‘You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that’s about it.’ – Bubba Blue (Mykelti Williamson), […]