The Unorthodox Epicure — Easy Peasy Chickpea Salad

There have been plenty of times that I’ve mocked delicious restaurant fare, but it was always planned. Take Schlotzsky’s, for example. I ate their funky sandwiches for 20-some-odd years before finally making a copycat worthy of sharing with my 19 loyal readers. Same thing with Pizza Hut’s Supreme Sandwich. I grew up on it and […]

The RV Chronicles — There’s nothing fat about my Tuesdays (Recipe: Shrimp Rémoulade)

Fat Tuesday.  It’s the day of boundless sin before the annual period of ship-shape living. Not here, though. Oh sure, I’m a damn sinner. But I tend to spread mine out over the 52-week course of each year. Mardi Gras is cool because of the green, gold and purple — and the food. But I […]

The RV Chronicles — Johnny Cash, a teen flautist and Adam’s Little Astrodome (Recipe: Grilled Chuck Steak Salad)

There’s nothing like grilling to the sounds of Willie Nelson, the Foo Fighters and Johnny Cash. Throw in a little Roy Orbison and a 16-year-old flute player practicing Coldplay’s Clocks from the rear bedroom of an RV, and you have yourself a true cooking soundtrack. The flautist (and piccolo player) is my baby girl. Alexandra […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Go into any American ‘traditional’ restaurant and you’ll see salads like this one listed under the dinner heading. Admittedly, there’s only one salad that I’ve ever ordered as a meal, and the following version is not it. My bride and baby girl, on the other hand, have enjoyed Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (or something similar) […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Asian Chicken Salad w/ Ginger Sesame Dressing

I remember a time when I felt sort of ashamed in many restaurants. As I would sit and enjoy something fried, drenched in gravy or dripping with luscious fat, there always seemed to be someone nearby who went the salad route. And it rarely failed that we’d exchange glances — mine friendly and theirs usually […]

The Unorthodox Epicure (Recipe): Antipasto Pasta Salad

Being Southern and German as I am, the whole antipasto thing always confused me as a child. Even as a young adult, I couldn’t imagine why the Italians were anti such a wonderful plate of cured meat and cheeses that they’d invented. And don’t get me started on the whole pasto part of it. Why […]

Confession No. 106 – The problems with friends

If greeting card sales and massive search engine returns are reliable indicators, friendship is a good thing. But friend problems also seem to be a popular subject, with more than 662 million results from Google alone. Why is friendship grief so much more (search engine) prominent than Coca Cola and chocolate — combined? Well, let […]