The Unorthodox Epicure — Southern Fried Scallop Squash

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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 […]

The RV Chronicles — He’s just like his mama… (Recipe: Chicken & Black Bean Enchilada-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash)

Chicken & Black Bean Enchilada-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash — Delicious. Healthy. Tex-Mex.

It doesn’t take long to get to know — really know — someone when you live together in an RV. I recently learned from my daughter, for example, that Kendra Scott earrings are her life and that I shouldn’t just allow the kitten to play with them. I’ve also realized that my wife’s eyes might […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Creamed Summer Squash

Creamed Summer Squash — It's ripe for add-ins but this velvety dish is outstanding on its own.

Though creamed squash is deep-rooted in Southern cooking, it’s relatively new to me. Green beans were my family’s vegetable of choice when I was a child. We’d occasionally have sweet peas or asparagus, but rarely (if ever) did we have summer squash. As it went, my father never really cared for the stuff. I did […]

Confession No. 10 – Anthony Bourdain took the words right from my mouth … minus some profanity and name calling

Dilled Green Beans — The first crop of 2014

It’s true. Sandra Lee’s show is a disaster, and Paula Deen’s food is generally bad. But Anthony Bourdain should have said more about the Food Network and its so-called ‘stars’ during a recent TV Guide interview. If you’ve not heard, Bourdain threw down the gastronomical gauntlet by basically trashing half of Food Network’s on-air talent. […]