The Unorthodox Epicure — Recipe: Beef Barbacoa

This ain’t the barbacoa you’ve had at Chipotle. Nope. This is legit. If you’ve ever patronized a real Mexican restaurant on Saturday morning, you’ve probably had something close to this. But not quite. The meat in this recipe melts in your mouth quicker than the ice at Sonic. And it has more flavor than the […]

Confession No. 150 — Let 2018 begin! (Recipe: Smoked Tomato Salsa)

At this time one year ago, four of us lived in a 32-foot RV near the Galveston Bay, and we were merely toying with the idea of moving to a (temporary) home so that I could have some peace and quiet for studying. By September, that RV and our new temporary home were mostly gone. […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Sous Vide Chicken Piccata

Leave it to the French to render an Italian recipe better than the original. And we Americans also contributed, surprisingly enough. I’m talking about sous vide, a simple but relatively recent method of cooking under vacuum in water — at a constant pre-set temperature. It was a cooperative development of French and American engineers, and […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Presenting The MegaWatt (aka ‘The J.J. Watt Dog’)

It’s nice to know people. No, I don’t know J.J. Watt. Ashamedly, I’d never really heard of him before moving to the Houston area a couple years ago. But trust me when I say that the mere mention of his name in these parts makes men stand up and salute, and women shudder with delight. […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Jolly Rancher (Frozen Watermelon Cocktail)

Quick! What’s your favorite Jolly Rancher candy? According to various voting sites out there, Blue Raspberry wins hands down. Cherry tends to come in second. And then there’s my favorite — watermelon. Truth is, I prefer the tartness of watermelon-flavored Jolly Ranchers over the real thing. This frozen concoction offers the best of both worlds. […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Southern Fried Scallop Squash

For a squash variety that’s been around so long, the creamy white scallop variety sure is elusive these days. Widely grown by native Americans for centuries, and even documented by Europeans in the late 16th century, it seems the only places to find it now is at farmers markets and you-pick-it farms. I harvested these […]

Confession No. 141 — Dear New Owners (Recipe: Sous Vide Bay Scallop Scampi)

May 12, 2017 Dear New Owners, As you read this, you’re probably surrounded by labeled boxes. A spring swarm of crane flies might also have blindly followed you inside. Perhaps you even have noticed a gecko or two near the front porch. They’ve always liked it there, and we enjoyed watching them through our years […]

The RV Chronicles — I’m better than my Instagram alter ego (Recipe: Buttery Roasted Shrimp & Asparagus)

My Instagram followers see a little more than the 20 of you who come here on a regular basis. It’s not that I’m trying to hide anything from you, rather I’ve just not figured out a … presentable way to show you random pictures of me frying okra or drinking Scotch. And maybe that’s a […]

Confession No. 138 — When the dentist has stinky breath, just walk away (Recipe: Sous Vide Char Siu)

Her halitosis should’ve been a dead giveaway. So too should I have been curious as she continued to brag about her skills while aimlessly poking away. My dentist was a bona fide dilettante. ‘Yep, just as I thought,’ she said, still exhaling her noxious breath in my oxygen space. ‘You have six cavities.’ ‘Six? Seriously?’ […]

The RV Chronicles — Sort of celebrating Thanksgiving (Recipe: Amish Potato Filling)

It’s no secret among the folks in my tight circle that I’m not a huge Thanksgiving fan. Sure, I’m thankful for all that is good. And I enjoy being in the company of (some) family. But … turkey? Yeah… You’re more than welcome to eat my portion. And green bean casserole? Oh, my. Leave it […]