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: 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 […]

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 […]

Confession No. 113 — Some food fads can’t fade quickly enough (Recipe: Asian Chicken Meatballs w/ Szechuan Garlic Sauce)

What were long considered novelties in the world of pabulum and potables have become all too predictable. Now, I’m not typically one to take on my counterparts in the world of culinarians, but golly gee whilikers! Enough already with pumpkin-flavored this and bacon-enhanced that! And kale? Who made the executive decision to remove it from […]

Food Snob Chronicles — The skinny on gum arabic

You’ve likely sat on it, brushed your teeth with it or put a touch of it behind each ear. You might have eaten it or used it as a tincture. And you’ve undoubtedly swallowed it. The byproducts of Acacia. It’s one of the largest genus of trees and shrubs known to botanists — more than […]

Confession No. 109 — Really? You want us to shoot straight? (Recipe: Chinese Sesame Chicken)

Just admit it. You’re a liar. Before you get your knickers in a twist, I’m not referring to the fibs you tell your boss about why you are regularly tardy. Nor am I talking about that Facebook profile photo that took you 20 attempts and a good bit of Photoshop know-how. The lies I’m talking […]

Confession No. 62 — Well, if that’s not the pot calling the kettle black (Recipe: General Tso’s Chicken)

For every blunder that my wife has committed, I’ve pulled off at least two. How do I know? Because she remembers my mishaps like they happened this morning. Like the time I showed up at her family’s Easter dinner with a box of Long John Silver’s for myself. (I’m not overly fond of lamb. Besides, […]

Confession No. 60 — I’d like to order a smile with that service

I‘m extremely fortunate. I’ve loved every job that I’ve held in my adulthood. Yes, almost every day is Friday for me. But it wasn’t always that way. As a 15-year-old working at the local Kentucky Fried Chicken I really wanted to like my job, but I was often bored … and hungry. When I wasn’t […]