The RV Chronicles — More than 800 miles I roamed…

It’s over. For the past couple of weeks I slept within the warm roomy confines of a brick and mortar structure. I cooked on a professional-grade range surrounded by granite and graced with a travertine back-splash.  I even showered in a new space that rivals the interior room of most minivans. Christmas on Chestnut Lane […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — A new New Year’s tradition? (Recipe: Mexican-style Beef w/ Cabbage)

There are a few New Year’s traditions that I’ve just never been able to stomach: watching a ball being lowered, resolutions and black eyed peas. In fact, I’ve long despised black-eyed peas about as much as I do fruitcake or sweet tea … That is, until my friend Shea Goldstein came up with this little […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Hola? McFly! Anbody at the casa?

It’s probably a generational thing, but every time I realize that I’ve missed out on a simple-yet-brilliant idea, I flash back to the scene in 1985’s Back to the Future in which the bully character, Biff Tannen, is harassing the timid character, George McFly.  As Biff places George in a headlock, he begins to knock […]

Food Snob Chronicles – Why these food products have improved through the years

I’m talking neither about mushrooms nor bleu cheese. And never mind that you were an adult before you found bliss in the crunch of a Vidalia onion or from the buttery texture of a rich Lula avocado. My aim here is to show why old fashioned isn’t always a good thing in the world of […]

Food Snob Chronicles – Why these five foods tasted better when we were younger

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people comment that certain foods tasted better when they were younger. It’s been said that the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder doesn’t hold a flame to the (now extinct) McFeast and that Pizza Hut somehow tasted great in the mid-1970s. Perhaps. Though many of those fond memories are nothing […]

Confession No. 117 – A Letter to Santa, 2013

Dear Santa, It’s been just more than a year since I last wrote you. Not bad, considering I hadn’t previously written to you in more than 35 years. I know I’m about 11 months late in thanking you for all that you did last year. Hopefully you understand that by January I don’t want to […]

Food Snob Chronicles – Edible Clichés: The Holiday Edition

Like it or lump it, the holidays are here. Come along for the ride as I take you from the frying pan and into the fire of useless trivia Talking Turkey It’s funny how even trite remarks evolve. When one talked turkey about 150 years ago, they were merely conversing harmlessly — similar to the […]