The Unorthodox Epicure — Cheese Manicotti w/ Béchamel & Marinara

Stuffed Manicotti is one of those dishes that brings old memories to my forefront. I can count on one hand how many times my father served this dish during my childhood. I enjoyed it every time. So did everyone else. I’m not sure where Dad discovered it — from a magazine cover in a supermarket […]

The RV Chronicles — Maybe it’s the beer talking, but I’m no longer ashamed

Fine, I’m not ashamed … Just a little embarrassed.  Still, sometimes the best therapy is to just lay it all out there and move on.  Thanks perhaps to the beer tastings today at a regional grocer, I’m ready to confess. I have been a quitter for the past 25 years, or so. No, I didn’t […]

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 […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Shrimp & Pasta w/ Fresh Tomato Basil Cream

Aside from citrus, tomatoes are my favorite fruit to grow. And, despite that I’ve propagated dozens of varieties over the years, I’ve neither popped a cherry tomato into my mouth, nor have I indulged with a fresh slice of this nightshade family member. Strange, I know. (Hey, I warned you about people like me!) Because […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Orzo w/ Manchego and Peas

I don’t typically care for rules. But the long-established rules for Manchego Cheese are different. First, to be called Manchego, this wheel of wonderfulness must have been made in the La Mancha region of Spain with milk from the Manchega breed of sheep. Manchego must be cave-aged for a minimum of three months, and the […]

Confession No. 47 – How does one control taste? Through laws, of course.

When the word ‘law’ is used in my home, we aren’t typically talking about Newton’s Laws, Murphy’s Law, the Healthcare Law or even Law & Order SVU — although all of those generally apply. And, though she owns the position of long arm of the law around these parts, we also aren’t usually referring to […]