Tour Guide and Author Lesley Tellez on What Everyone Gets Wrong About Mexican Food

"Californians are especially obnoxious about not recognizing anything but Baja and native Californian cuisine, while Southwesterners only recognize Tejano/Tex-Mex cuisine"..

We can all thank scalfin for relieving us of the burden of scouring the Internet for todays stupidest bloviation.

The Best Fried Chicken on the Planet: An Opinionated World Tour

In a little alley off the main road in front of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force base in Hayashi, Japan, sits a place called Sanpei. Master, as he was called, learned to make fried chicken while cooking on that base when it was under control of the occupation post WWII.

His chicken is legendary, and people from America have been known to travel back there just to eat the chicken. It's really that good. Whenever I've been back to the Tokyo area, the first trip I make is the hour and a half train ride to Sanpei for many plates of fried wings and cold Kirin lager.

The Best Smokers Under $500, 2015 Edition

@Max - "Best" is subjective. I've been traveling around the country for the better part of 40 years. I can't name an exceptional BBQ joint that uses gas. I can easily remember the best places I've ever been to that burned wood. Franklin's, Southern Soul, Scott's, Bryant's, Kreuz, etc.

The Best Smokers Under $500, 2015 Edition

Gas or (egads) electric smokers are to cooking as velveeta is to cheese.

Japanese Potato Salad With Cucumbers, Carrots, and Red Onion

Having lived in Japan for 9 years, I ate this many times and there are two distinct variations of it. One, found often in Bento is bland. The second does indeed have a nice karashi bite and is often found in sandwiches. They are wonderful at 4:00 am when you wander into a Lawson's or 7-Eleven looking for a bite.

The Japanese Way to Make Potato Salad

This style of potato salad shows up frequently in Bento's you can order for delivery to your office or at the train stations. It's also widely available in convenience store sandwiches, but usually with a little extra karashi.

The Tea Lover's Way to Make the Best Cold Brew Iced Tea

I got hooked on iced oolong when I lived in Japan.

A New Summer Favorite: Grilled Chicken with Za'atar

Can someone recommend an off the shelf spice BLEND that I can mail order?

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Surviving the Off-Season

I have followed the story of Arrogant Swine from the beginning and have absolute respect for Mr. Ho.

It's too bad that New York has an "off season" for barbecue.

Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers (Yang Rou Chuan)

I made these last night. They were terrific but this recipe only makes enough for one serving. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

American Booze Hall of Fame: The Best Spirits of the West

Trend lemmings.

The Best Leftovers: Cornbread-Coated Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese Wedges

Two words: Hush Piggies

Confessions of a Maple Syrup Smuggler

I always bring my own baked potato with me to mid-range steak houses because most places wrap them in foil, in essence steaming them. I like a nice crispy skin from a shioyaki style potoato so I'm forced to bring my own in a small insulated cooler.

Don't even start me up about places that don't serve butter made with cultured cream from Irish grass fed cows that only have BMI's within 1% of the norm for their breed.

Ed Levine's Golden Rules of the Perfect Pancake

I have no use for maple syrup. I grew up in sugar cane country and for my pancakes (or hoe cakes, corn cakes, etc.) it's cane syrup made by my neighbors at their annual cane grinding.

The Art of the Perfect Grilled Cheese (Plus 20 Variations to Shake Things Up)

I like Boar's Head Cheddar Double Gloucester cheese. The only add in for me is a thin slice of Vidalia onion.

How to Make Mexican Tamales

My recipe for tamales:

1. Pick up the phone and call Mrs. Garcia down at La Placita Mercado Mexicana.
2. Ask for a couple of dozen for Saturday morning pick up.
3. Drive to the mercado, eat a few fresh Chicharrón and hand made tortillas while she packs them up.
4. Gourge for the rest of the weekend on fresh tamales.

Dipping Into Queso, a Texas Potluck Classic

Tony - People gotta' make money. If you have enough gabachos that want velveeta and Old El Paso tacos, then sell it to them. It's that simple.

Too Good To Mix: 9 Rums Perfect For Sipping

I've been enjoying Rum Agricole, sugar cane juice vs. molasses, for years. It was sad when Mount Gay discontinued theirs.

Dipping Into Queso, a Texas Potluck Classic

I prefer to use melted down orange road cones. It has a different flavor profile then the yellow brick, but it is a nice change.

How to Make Lechon Kawali, Filipino Crispy Fried Pork Belly

@zorazen - More fried pork belly silly.

Carne Adovada (New Mexico-style Pork with Red Chilies)

Leave out the OJ and raisins and cut the pork into 1/2 inch cubes and you have chili. Oh yeah, you should use Mexican oregano.

5 Rye Whiskeys You Should Be Drinking

I use to always have a bottle of Sazerac in the house until the hipster doofus' "discovered" Rye. Now it is a rare as a honest politician.

How to Make Maryland Fried Chicken With White Gravy

My Southern Georgia mom would often make white gravy after frying chicken. With a table full of growing boys to feed on a limited budget, the gravy was a good way to fill up bellies. Rice and gravy was ubiquitous in the South.

The Secrets of the Juiciest, Most Tender and Flavorful Italian-American Meatballs

@ jacobEstes - Twee is a word used by people who just know in their hearts that 99.99999999999999999999999999999 % of professionals are wrong and that they are right.

Thanksgiving Pie Head to Head: Classic vs. Apple-Pecan Bourbon-Caramel Pie

Apple pie? Meh.

I'll take sweet potato or peacan (or sweet potato-pecan) any day of the week.

Anyone heard of a Corvette Summer?

A friend was telling me about a drink called the Corvette Summer. I've looked all over the internet and can't seem to find it. Anyone know a reference to the drink?

The closest thing I found to the ingredients he described is The Paloma.

Touching food story

We need to see more of this kind of story on TV:

Food Joke

"A new report shows that due to the weak economy right now, more Americans are canceling their cable television. Good luck trying to live without eight shows about cakes."

From Conan O'Brien. How true, how true.

Cook the Book: Roast Beef on Marrow Bones

The Applestones always have plenty of marrow bones lying around their shop and, knowing the beefy, buttery goodness that rendered marrow bones produce, they decided to incorporate them into a roasting bed. The marrow bones are set on the bottom of a roasting pan along with onions and garlic that have been caramelized. The seared beef is placed on top and stock and butter are added before this meaty dish is roasted in the oven to a rosy medium-rare. More