The Unorthodox Epicure — Easy Peasy Pizza (No, really!)

Easy Peasy Pizza — No, really! (And it's delicious too!)

Call me a slow learner, but I’m usually the last person to find out about something. In this case, it happened to be something that I’ve been working on for years. Pizza crust. You’ve no doubt heard about this ‘two-ingredient’ pizza dough that basically goes from the mixing bowl into the oven and is the […]

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. […]

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 — The old school Fried Bologna Sandwich (Don’t judge me!)

The classic Southern Fried Bologna Sandwich — Don't hate. Just appreciate. This is good stuff.

So, you’ve arrived at a website that features tested recipes for lobster, crab and aged beef … with other tried and true methods for cooking with exotic ingredients like Kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and galangal — and bologna. Yeah. Bologna. Before you disregard this tried and true cured goodness, just know that bologna is the only […]

Food Snob Chronicles — The ‘Chilada … Kid-friendly Tex-Mex goodness

The 'Chilada..

When you happen upon a dish that your kid likes, it’s a good thing. When said dish doesn’t involve chicken nuggets or over-salted gravy, it’s like discovering gold. My kid, as it turns out, likes anything topped with black olives. So, when he caught a glimpse of the Chilada at the local Taco Casa drive-thru […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Vietnamese-style Pork Ribs

Vietnamese-style Pork Ribs — Bright. Succulent. Delicious.

Quickly, name two Vietnamese dishes. Now, read on. Did you answer Phở?  What was your second answer?  No worries. I won’t tell anyone … especially since you helped me prove my point that Vietnamese cuisine has been unfairly stereotyped here in America. Just about every culture’s food has been viewed similarly here.  I know people […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Smoked Chicken & Avocado Grilled Cheese

Smoked Chicken & Avocado Grilled Cheese — Creamy gooey goodness

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 – Feed the frenzy some Fried Taco Ravioli

Feed the frenzy - Fried Taco Ravioli

It’s been more than 30 years since I’ve had anything more than a bettor’s interest in the NCAA Tournament  otherwise known as March Madness.  Back in 1984 I was wowed by a combination of SMU vs. Georgetown (one of the lowest scoring games in modern tournament history); and Phi Slama Jama – Akeem (later Hakeem) […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Cuban Pork Chops (Chuletas de Puerco)

Cuban Pork Chops — Tender. Juicy. Lively.

Travel south of the U.S. and you’ll find a myriad of lively cuisines — from the creamy tangy elote in Mexico, to Central America’s  warm soulful mofongo and Brazil’s zesty churrasco grilled meats.  And then there’s Cuba. Quick — name two Cuban dishes (besides the Cuban sandwich). Admit it. You’re stumped on this one, and […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Crab & Corn Bisque

Crab & Corn Bisque — Velvety goodness.

Bisque evokes thoughts of a cream-based soup in which crab is the star. And sometimes lobster. For average guys like me, it also means that I’m going to pay top dollar for a few spoonfuls of creamy warm shellfish bliss. While that might be the case nowadays, bisque has a somewhat humble beginning. As the […]