Confession No. 138 — When the dentist has stinky breath, just walk away (Recipe: Sous Vide Char Siu)

Sous Vide Char Siu —

Her halitosis should’ve been a dead giveaway. So too should I have been curious as she continued to brag about her skills while aimlessly poking away. My dentist was a bona fide dilettante. ‘Yep, just as I thought,’ she said, still exhaling her noxious breath in my oxygen space. ‘You have six cavities.’ ‘Six? Seriously?’ […]

The RV Chronicles — Damn these wayfaring wildcatters (Recipe: Korean Grilled Pork Chops)

Korean Grilled Pork Chops —

Admit it. You’ve experienced that strange feeling of elation when a for sale sign pops up in the neighbor’s yard. Me too. But I’m feeling the opposite this week … Except there was no warning. Or warning sign, as it were. I’ve talked here before about my neighbors. In this park of 50 or so […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Chicken & Bamboo Shoot Noodle Soup (Bun Mang Ga)

Bun Mang GaWeb

For the next couple of weeks, the Jimmy Rockford and I are getting a well-deserved separation from one another.  I will instead be celebrating Christmas on Chestnut Lane — and cooking in a real kitchen with real pots and pans — assuming I’m able to complete the to-do list my bride handed me when I […]

The RV Chronicles — Chinese Beef & Snow Peas

Beef&Snowpeas

When it comes to eating for the first time in a restaurant, I’m unflinching in my ordering routine. In Tex-Mex joints, the tamales and enchiladas get my first nod.  In a home style or Southern place, I order chicken fried steak. I christen Italian restaurants with a plate of eggplant parmigiana. As a rookie at […]

The RV Chronicles — The human race is going to hell in a hand basket, and other observations

Vegetable Chow Mein — Better than the stuff at Lee How Fook's

I tend to notice the mostly unnoticeable — such as the misspelled words on the Diary Queen marquee or the successive series of signs posted along the highway that start with “Your wife is hot.” and end with “Call Acme A/C service!” about a half-mile later. So should it come as no surprise that I […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Spicy Fried Rice w/ Crispy Gizzards

Spicy Fried Rice w/ Crispy Gizzards — This is the delicious happening of the American South meeting the Far East.

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 — 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 […]

Confession No. 62 — Well, if that’s not the pot calling the kettle black (Recipe: General Tso’s Chicken)

General Tso's Chicken is an easy dish to prepare and you'll enjoy this version much more than any that comes in a Chinese takeout box.

For every blunder that my wife has committed, I’ve pulled off at least two. How do I know? Because she remembers my mishaps like they happened this morning. Like the time I showed up at her family’s Easter dinner with a box of Long John Silver’s for myself. (I’m not overly fond of lamb. Besides, […]

Confession No. 60 — I’d like to order a smile with that service

How good are these Chinese eggrolls? Good enough that I don't eat them with sauce. But if you like to dip yours, this trio runs the flavor gamut.

I‘m extremely fortunate. I’ve loved every job that I’ve held in my adulthood. Yes, almost every day is Friday for me. But it wasn’t always that way. As a 15-year-old working at the local Kentucky Fried Chicken I really wanted to like my job, but I was often bored … and hungry. When I wasn’t […]

Confession No. 53 – Not now. Not ever. No matter what. (Recipe: Chinese Gold Coin)

A golden batter surrounds creamy eggplant and savory marinated pork. Szechuan garlic sauce brings it all together.

We all have a list of things that we refuse to do, no matter the circumstances. Mine is longer than most. It goes without saying to the folks who know me that I’ll never consider Daddy Longlegs to be ticklish; I will never require a parachute; and I’ll never sport skin art, no matter the […]