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, […]

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

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 – Feed the frenzy some 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) […]

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 — Thai Grilled Chicken

Imagine this scenario: You pull into your driveway after a long day at work; you exit your car and the first thing that hits you is the aroma of whatever is cooking on the neighbor’s grill.  Oh, you’ve planned your menu and have insisted on sticking to it. But your Aunt Martha’s famous tuna casserole […]

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): Charro Beans

Beans. There’s nothing sexy about them. In fact, we recited a vulgar poem about them in elementary school. But, they are among the most widely (and longest) cultivated crops, and these days are considered a legitimate super food. I remember having a ‘pot o’ beans’ on a regular basis growing up. Ours were just pintos […]

Confession No. 134 — My kid said what? (Recipe: Creamy Meyer Lemon Shrimp Scampi w/ Artichokes)

He’s our fourth child and without a doubt, the most forthcoming with his words. Following are a few conversations that happened in the past year — before he turned seven on December 19. Keeping me honest At a drive-thru convenience store, I was behind a carload of boisterous young men. The clerk handed them a case […]