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 — The Philadelphia Cheese Steak

There are a few things in life that are well worth the momentary spike in cholesterol.  Here in east Texas, those things consist of chicken-fried steaks, chips and salsa and Pittsburg hot links. Where you live, that guilty pleasure could be anything from a huge slice of New York-style Pizza to a deep-fried hot dog […]

Food Snob Chronicles — El Cubano: The Cuban Sandwich

For something so simple — it’s not even considered a main course — the Cuban Sandwich has sparked as much debate as any presidential election, and far more disdain between camps than the century-old Yankees/Red Sox rivalry. Purists of the concoction have varying mindsets. There’s salami vs. no salami; sweet pickle vs. sour pickle; and […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Smoked Chicken & Avocado Grilled Cheese

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 — A New England-style sandwich for the Louisianan in all of us (Recipe: Crawfish Roll)

I‘ll say it up front. I’m not from Louisiana, nor have I jumped on the LSU Tigers/New Orleans bandwagon with 80 million others over the past 10 years. But that’s not to say I don’t like the place. The Pelican State is chock-full of beautiful antebellum homes and ecological rarities.  There are plenty of places […]

Food Snob Chronicles – Can one really make a silk purse from an Angus ear?

The folks at Wendy’s first asked us a question. Then came the California Milk Processor Board with an even bigger question. Nowadays, beef producers are shouting to the world about the next huge thing. Unless you’ve lived in a cave for the past 10 years, you’ve heard of Angus. It’s long been the most widely-bred […]

Confession No. 93 — How I remember (Recipe: Boardwalk Sausage & Peppers Sandwich)

I remember those who gave their lives for me. Not only this weekend, but always. I think of their ultimate sacrifice daily — when I speak to or think about my father. He lived to tell the stories about others who didn’t. April 7, 1966 My father, as I’ve mentioned here before, was raised in […]

Food Snob Chronicles — A brief study in absurdity

I‘m a label reader. Not just an ingredients reader. An entire label reader. I notice whether something is labeled ‘naturally flavored,’ or ‘artificially flavored’ … or ‘naturally and artificially flavored.’ I see — almost immediately — that a product is Kosher, gluten- or trans fat-free, imported or ‘new label – same great flavor.’ Most labels tell a […]

Food Snob Chronicles – Fast and Fishy: Faves and Flubs (Recipe: Better-than-Fast Food Fish Sandwiches)

Fish on Fridays. This time of year — in the U.S. at least — it’s pretty much a given. If you are from the South, you will most likely eat catfish at a buffet, with hush puppies, fries and green tomato relish. Chances are, the main course was shipped from Mississippi, where there are more […]

Confession No. 69 — Mea Culpa (Recipe: Beef & ‘Basa Sandwiches)

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to play catch-up and hopefully get myself removed from the ‘naughty’ list over the next few weeks. Concessions and apologies are always a good way to start. First, to my doctor — I know you’re probably baffled as to why my weight hasn’t changed during the […]