The Unorthodox Epicure — Southern Pan Fried Chicken and a visit with Mr. D

Cast Iron Fried Chicken — Crispy-on-the-outside and juicy-on-the-inside. Yardbird nirvana.

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

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, […]

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 — Ancho Braised Chicken

Ancho Braised Chicken —

You’ve certainly heard the old saying there’s more than one way to skin a cat. I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why anyone would want to skin a cat (Couldn’t they have said ‘grow a tomato’ or ‘get across town’?) but I get the intended meaning. That said, there are plenty of […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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Go into any American ‘traditional’ restaurant and you’ll see salads like this one listed under the dinner heading. Admittedly, there’s only one salad that I’ve ever ordered as a meal, and the following version is not it. My bride and baby girl, on the other hand, have enjoyed Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (or something similar) […]

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 […]

The Unorthodox Epicure: Chicken Jerusalem (Italian Artichoke Chicken)

Chicken Jerusalem. Make this restaurant classic at home.

Marshall (Texas), for such a small town, is known for quite a few notable sons and daughters — Lady Bird Johnson, Y.A. Tittle, George Foreman and Bill Moyers, to name a few.  History buffs know this city of about 25,000 as the temporary capital of Missouri during the Civil War and home of Texas’ very […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Thai Grilled Chicken

Thai Grilled Chicken (Gai Yang) — Give your neighbors grill envy. Take a culinary trip to the streets of Bangkok.

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 […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Chicken 101: Getting to know your fowl

Classic Roasted Chicken — I think Julia Child just might approve. Your guests will for sure.

If you insist on political correctness, stop reading now.  If you are still reading and believe that equality should run earth’s gamut, go ahead and delete your browser history as you now leave.  If Tofurkey is on your Thanksgiving menu, you’re welcome to stick around, but I’m not sure why you’d choose this place over […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Tung An Chicken Skewers

Tung An Chicken Skewers — Spicy. Salty. Tangy. Simple.

The history of Tung An Chicken is about as cloudy as most other dishes served in American-based Chinese joints. Truth is, its title is something that was probably lost in translation. Tung is more commonly used in the Vietnamese language, though China is home to the Tung tree (it’s where we get Tung oil for […]