The RV Chronicles — Mexican Shrimp Fried Rice

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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 […]

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

The 'Chilada..

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)

Grilled 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 — Why on earth are they called refried beans?

creamy with bits of caramelized crunch — a delicious result of frying.

I tend to dwell on subjects that I shouldn’t care about. Refried beans is one of them. Sure, beans are boring. And refried beans aren’t even a main course, most of the time. Yet it bothers the hell out of me that we call them refried beans. They aren’t twice fried! ‘I like refried beans. […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas — Succulent 'little bites.' Delicious on everything from tacos and tostadas, to tortas and ... by themselves.

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 […]