The Unorthodox Epicure — Fresh Mexican Salsa

Fresh Mexican Salsa — This is the version that every restaurant wishes it could serve. It's wonderful as a chip dipper or a topper.

I still remember the first salsa (or hot sauce, as we call it around here) that I ever had. The brand was Albert’s. It is a semi-chunky garlicky concoction that works just as well over enchiladas and tacos as it does chip dip. Then there was the version served at the now almost-defunct El Chico […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Shrimp & Pasta w/ Fresh Tomato Basil Cream

ShrimpTomatoBasilPasta

Aside from citrus, tomatoes are my favorite fruit to grow. And, despite that I’ve propagated dozens of varieties over the years, I’ve neither popped a cherry tomato into my mouth, nor have I indulged with a fresh slice of this nightshade family member. Strange, I know. (Hey, I warned you about people like me!) Because […]

Food Snob Chronicles — If you want it, sometimes you just have to grow it yourself

You can see that I did OK with my hinge (left) selection, but I should have spent a little more on the screws. The only saving grace with the latch is that it was painted at the factory. I still had to oil it this spring to work properly. — I will replace all hardware with stainless or galvanized versions this winter.

I‘ve seen a lot of funky fruits and vegetables in my favorite food magazines and blogs — Broccoli Romanesco, purple Cauliflower, Jerusalem pickle and Surinam Cherry — that will never feel the water misters in the produce sections of most supermarkets. And, unfortunately, I don’t live around the corner from a Central Market or Whole […]