The RV Chronicles — Chile de Arbol Salsa and going worldwide

The most important observance of this budding year is upon us.  It’s a celebration worthy of pomp, fanfare and a slew of culinary fireworks. Figuratively and literally. This Saturday, Jan. 16, is International Hot & Spicy Foods Day. Yes, international as in worldwide. Global.  If you’re neither a hot nor spicy food person, you might […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Hollandaise 101

If the Internet had existed a century ago, Hollandaise would’ve been hailed as a quick three-ingredient sauce that’s perfect for vegetables or seafood. Hashtags like #emulsifybaby and #eggsheartbutter would’ve undoubtedly been near the top of the rankings. And the pale yellow sauce certainly would’ve graced a few e-magazine covers as the latest and greatest topper […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Crab & Corn Bisque

Bisque evokes thoughts of a cream-based soup in which crab is the star. And sometimes lobster. For average guys like me, it also means that I’m going to pay top dollar for a few spoonfuls of creamy warm shellfish bliss. While that might be the case nowadays, bisque has a somewhat humble beginning. As the […]

The Unorthodox Epicure: Szechuan Salt & Pepper Shrimp

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 […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Southern Fried Potato Coins

Have you ever wondered where French fries originated? Sure, the French part of the name ought to be a dead giveaway. Except that it’s not. Early in my career as a radio newsman, I was interviewing a descendant of Fletcher Davis — the Athens, Texas man who is widely credited for inventing the hamburger sandwich as […]