The Unorthodox Epicure — General Tso’s Chicken Wings

plateful of chicken wings in General Tso's sauce

Of all the Chinese joints I’ve ever eaten at, only one has creative enough to re-purpose two of its most popular menu selections in coming up with a newfangled appetizer. General Tso’s Chicken Wings. I first saw General Tso’s Chicken Wings little more than a year ago at a restaurant in Seabrook, Texas — only […]

The RV Chronicles — Eating takeout from my tiny kitchen (Recipe: Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice)

Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice — Better than takeout? You bet your fortune cookies!

Let’s one thing straight. Those recipes scattered across the Internet that claim to be ‘better than Chinese takeout?’ Well, they’re mostly full of it. There are a few key factors when it comes to Chinese takeout technique, and most home cooks have no clue. Oh, sure. You can beat those guys at their own wok […]

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 Unorthodox Epicure: Szechuan Salt & Pepper Shrimp

Szechuan Salt & Pepper Shrimp — Crispy. Tongue-tingling. Fun.

It hits the tongue with a light lemony flavor, then brings a tingling sensation — similar to the feeling in your foot when it ‘falls asleep,’ except much more pleasant. Within a few seconds the tingling gives way to a mild numbness … and then some barely-detectable heat. Behold the Szechuan Peppercorn, which is not a […]

Confession No. 135 — I just want to be your wave neighbor

Crispy Orange Beef - Melty slices of fried beef in a citrus and spice-infused sauce.

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): Chinese Hot & Sour Soup

Chinese Hot & Sour Soup is a feast for the senses.

My love affair with Chinese Hot & Sour Soup began long ago. Well before I realized what I wanted to do when I grew up. Years before I met my soul mate. And it happened in my little hometown. Longview, Texas is a catfish and chain restaurant town. I remember a mom & pop Italian […]