Food Snob Chronicles — Pimento Cheese Patty Melt w/ Peppery Brown Sugar Bacon

Pimento Cheese Patty Melt w/ Peppery Brown Sugar Bacon — Need I say more?

Who says a patty melt isn’t a burger? My good friend, Shea Goldstein at Dixie Chik Cooks. That’s who! While the history of this buttery, beefy, heavenly sandwich is cloudy at best, we do know that it’s been served at diners and burger joints in the U.S. since at least the 1940s.  The classic version […]

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 — The Ultimate Tex-Mex Cheeseburger (El Gran Supremo)

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In my best Don LaFontaine voice: In a time when the cheeseburger was set in stone … There was a burger that aspired to be more. Provocative … Inviting … Out of this world. Yes. Seriously. The El Gran Supremo is that cheeseburger. It has every element — the beefy, salty, cheesy, crunchy, buttery and […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Sweet Heat Shrimp en Brochette

plump shrimp are dressed with smoky little slivers of roasted poblano peppers, wrapped with mildly-salty bacon and bathed in a tangy sweet chipotle laden sauce ... Eureka!

It’s a Southern/Tex-Mex fused appetizer with a French name and — with only four ingredients — it’s quite a dandy. I’ve made Shrimp en Brochette (translation: shrimp ‘cooked on skewers’) with as many varieties of peppers as you’ll find at any respectable farmers market. And with a number of sauces and marinades too. Truth is, […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw

Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw — A four-star three-bite nosh.

After recently watching a YouTube sensation do a video review of his own concoction of fast food products, my wife and I were talking about burger possibilities. Sure, I prefer mine with plenty of mustard and pickles — assembled properly — but our conversation took us well out of the box. Considering that hamburgers are […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Grilling w/ C.B. ‘Stubb’ Stubblefield

Beef, vegetables, Stubb's Beef Marinade and a few minutes on the grill — Eureka!

Today is a first in my four years here. Indeed, it’s taken me this long to agree to a product partnership. But it’s also taken this long to get an offer about a product I actually love. And this product comes from my home state of Texas. Go figure. Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q. When the nice […]

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 — Steak 101: Say goodbye to steak sauce

A worthy steak needs no sauce ... even when it's tri-tip.

It’s been said that a good steak needs no sauce. And truer words have never been spoken. Take Ruth’s Chris, for example. I know someone who shamelessly asked his server for Worcestershire. They obliged him … but not before shaking their heads. That same person asked me for Worcestershire for the aged beef that I’d […]

Confession No. 43 – Cheating isn’t always a bad thing, as it turns out (Recipes: Texas BBQ Joint-Style Potato Salad; Carnival Corn)

My version of potato salad is not exactly the same color (yellow) as you'd get at your everyday southern family reunion. It's better. (Just don't tell Grandma that I made that claim.)

It seems no one likes a cheater. Or do they? I’ve been cheated at blackjack, poker, pinochle, cribbage, Monopoly, Battleship, Chutes & Ladders and Life (the game); cheated out of the Little League Baseball trophy; and cheated on by my 9th grade girlfriend. With the exception of James Bond taking the blood-weeping Le Chiffre for […]