The RV Chronicles — Mexican Shrimp Fried Rice

What happens when huge Gulf shrimp go on sale and I’ve just received a telephone lecture from my long lost bride about spending $300 weekly on groceries? This… Before you go thinking I’m being a smarty pants, you need to know that these jumbo shrimp were cheaper than a pound of ground round. Everything else […]

The RV Chronicles — Home cooking … on wheels (Recipe: Skillet Fideos w/ Smoked Sausage)

To me, it conjures images of chicken & dumplings, fried chicken and porcupine meatballs. My wife, on the other hand, thinks of spaghetti and meatballs and stuffed cabbage. Home cooked comfort food. This past week I was listening to a couple of folks in the office compare their fideos (vermicelli) recipes. I’m quite familiar with […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Fresh Mexican Salsa

I still remember the first salsa (or hot sauce, as we call it around here) that I ever had. The brand was Albert’s. It is a semi-chunky garlicky concoction that works just as well over enchiladas and tacos as it does chip dip. Then there was the version served at the now almost-defunct El Chico […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Esquites stuffed Zucchini

I still remember my first taste of zucchini. Sort of. We were probably seven or eight when a childhood friend’s mom presented us with warm muffins and challenged us to guess the main ingredient. But neither of us could escape the perfectly married flavors of sugar, cinnamon and other spices to even venture a guess. […]

Food Snob Chronicles — The ‘Chilada … Kid-friendly Tex-Mex goodness

When you happen upon a dish that your kid likes, it’s a good thing. When said dish doesn’t involve chicken nuggets or over-salted gravy, it’s like discovering gold. My kid, as it turns out, likes anything topped with black olives. So, when he caught a glimpse of the Chilada at the local Taco Casa drive-thru […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Tacos de Camarónes Frescos (Fresh Shrimp Tacos)

Fresh. Zesty. Light. Nope, these aren’t the tacos we grew up on. For one, there’s nothing guilty about this pleasure — no frying; no amber-colored grease dripping down your forearm; and no need to postpone your annual physical after eating a plateful.  Plus, they’re quick, easy and absolutely a ten in the flavor department. Want […]

Food Snob Chronicles — 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 […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Crispy Flautas w/ Crema Avocado

If you’re from California or are an oft-eater of Mexican food from your grocer’s freezer, you probably know these little rolled gems as taquitos. But in my Tex-Mex world they are called flautas, which is Spanish for flutes. (I think they more resemble the half-size piccolo, but that’s a discussion for another day.) By most […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Recipe: Fresh Chicken Chorizo

It’s been more than 30 years since I had my first taste of Mexican chorizo — tucked in a fresh flour tortilla with eggs, potatoes and cheese — and I’ve loved it ever since. Use it anywhere you’d use any other Mexican-themed meat — with tacos, tostadas (pictured), eggs or even added to queso fundido.  Want […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Pork Carnitas

Imagine a prepared meat that is so good — so succulent — that it’s difficult to avoid filling up on it before you add it to a dish. In it’s most popular authentic state, this meat really isn’t even seasoned. I’m talking carnitas here, and if you’ve ever had them, my description has definitely conjured […]