The Unorthodox Epicure — Batter Fried Wings and some Electric Cock

Fried chicken is truly done one of two ways, and the oven ain’t one of them. You can either pan-fry or deep-fry. Either, when done properly, will have you eating fried chicken from someone else’s hand. Ms. P, of Ms. P’s Electric Cock, is one of the few purveyors of deep-fried battered chicken that can […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Southern Pan Fried Chicken and a visit with Mr. D

I’ve had more favorite fried chicken versions than Henry VIII had wives. For most of my years, my father’s Sunday Fried Chicken was the best. But along the way, I favored Kentucky Fried Chicken (only for a few days in 1976), the drumsticks served by the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, the Peg Legs once offered […]

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 — Crispy Grilled Chile Lime Wings

Confession — I adore fried chicken. And wings in particular. The crunch of the exterior followed by a juicy succulent bite. Heaven. But there’s a better way. Fine. Not necessarily better, but similar results with different flavor components and a heck of a lot less guilt. Pretty darn tasty too. Behold my Crispy Grilled Chile […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Ancho Braised Chicken

You’ve certainly heard the old saying there’s more than one way to skin a cat. I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why anyone would want to skin a cat (Couldn’t they have said ‘grow a tomato’ or ‘get across town’?) but I get the intended meaning. That said, there are plenty of […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Go into any American ‘traditional’ restaurant and you’ll see salads like this one listed under the dinner heading. Admittedly, there’s only one salad that I’ve ever ordered as a meal, and the following version is not it. My bride and baby girl, on the other hand, have enjoyed Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (or something similar) […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Crispy Flautas w/ Crema Avocado

If you’re from California or are an oft-eater of Mexican food from your grocer’s freezer, you probably know these little rolled gems as taquitos. But in my Tex-Mex world they are called flautas, which is Spanish for flutes. (I think they more resemble the half-size piccolo, but that’s a discussion for another day.) By most […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Smoked Chicken & Avocado Grilled Cheese

I am blessed in countless ways when it comes to my bride. She exercises extreme patience when it comes to my cooking and experimenting in the kitchen — and with me in general. It’s seldom that she requests something for our menu. This past week she offered up one of her rare appeals: A grilled […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Recipe: Fresh Chicken Chorizo

It’s been more than 30 years since I had my first taste of Mexican chorizo — tucked in a fresh flour tortilla with eggs, potatoes and cheese — and I’ve loved it ever since. Use it anywhere you’d use any other Mexican-themed meat — with tacos, tostadas (pictured), eggs or even added to queso fundido.  Want […]

The Unorthodox Epicure: Chicken Jerusalem (Italian Artichoke Chicken)

Marshall (Texas), for such a small town, is known for quite a few notable sons and daughters — Lady Bird Johnson, Y.A. Tittle, George Foreman and Bill Moyers, to name a few.  History buffs know this city of about 25,000 as the temporary capital of Missouri during the Civil War and home of Texas’ very […]