The Unorthodox Epicure — Presenting The MegaWatt (aka ‘The J.J. Watt Dog’)

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It’s nice to know people. No, I don’t know J.J. Watt. Ashamedly, I’d never really heard of him before moving to the Houston area a couple years ago. But trust me when I say that the mere mention of his name in these parts makes men stand up and salute, and women shudder with delight. […]

The RV Chronicles — Getting curveballs at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Grilled Pita Pizzas)

Grilled Pita Pizzas —

I‘m fast approaching a year’s worth of tight living space, an even tighter bathroom and coin laundry. My journey in the Jimmy Rockford began in early August, 2015. For those 17 of you who have trudged through essays written in the ‘dining room’ of my 32-footer, you know full well that I’ve used this virtual […]

The RV Chronicles — Sweet Black Pepper Sauced Scallops w/ Bacon

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My family is odd. First, I have a child who’ll eat canned tuna day and night but won’t touch fresh Gulf shrimp with a ten-foot pole.  Then, there’s the offspring who noshes on sushi rolled in spiders’ legs but complains about a single mushroom on a pizza. And my bride will eat just about anything […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Esquites stuffed Zucchini

Esquites stuffed Zucchini — There's plenty of zing and zest in this Mexican-Italian fusion.

I still remember my first taste of zucchini. Sort of. We were probably seven or eight when a childhood friend’s mom presented us with warm muffins and challenged us to guess the main ingredient. But neither of us could escape the perfectly married flavors of sugar, cinnamon and other spices to even venture a guess. […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Crispy Grilled Chile Lime Wings

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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 — Texas Rib Sandwich

The Texas Rib Sandwich — Messy and downright wonderful.

Texas, when it comes to barbecue, is known for slow smoked brisket. When done correctly, there is no better protein on planet earth. But, as the old saying goes — chocolate cake every day doesn’t taste as sweet. Enter barbecued pork ribs. If you walk into any respectable (mom and pop) barbecue joint in the […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Sweet Heat Shrimp en Brochette

plump shrimp are dressed with smoky little slivers of roasted poblano peppers, wrapped with mildly-salty bacon and bathed in a tangy sweet chipotle laden sauce ... Eureka!

It’s a Southern/Tex-Mex fused appetizer with a French name and — with only four ingredients — it’s quite a dandy. I’ve made Shrimp en Brochette (translation: shrimp ‘cooked on skewers’) with as many varieties of peppers as you’ll find at any respectable farmers market. And with a number of sauces and marinades too. Truth is, […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw

Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw — A four-star three-bite nosh.

After recently watching a YouTube sensation do a video review of his own concoction of fast food products, my wife and I were talking about burger possibilities. Sure, I prefer mine with plenty of mustard and pickles — assembled properly — but our conversation took us well out of the box. Considering that hamburgers are […]

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

Beef, vegetables, Stubb's Beef Marinade and a few minutes on the grill — Eureka!

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 […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Tacos de Camarónes Frescos (Fresh Shrimp Tacos)

Grilled Shrimp Tacos —

Fresh. Zesty. Light. Nope, these aren’t the tacos we grew up on. For one, there’s nothing guilty about this pleasure — no frying; no amber-colored grease dripping down your forearm; and no need to postpone your annual physical after eating a plateful.  Plus, they’re quick, easy and absolutely a ten in the flavor department. Want […]