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Mike McJunkin

No Bones About It: All About The Marrow

When I stop and think about it, a sack of bones probably shouldn’t have elicited squeals of excitement out of a fifty-year-old man, but these weren’t just any bones—these were veal shank bones. more »

Jan 27, 2016 12:39 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Home Is Where The Ham Is

“What is a ham, anyway?” a voice asked me with a casual tone that belied the gravity of the question. A bearded, 20-something stranger stood beside me in the grocery store meat aisle clutching a gold foil-wrapped ham ... more »

Jan 6, 2016 12:32 PM Sushi & Biscuits

A Chattanoogan Celebrates A New Year In An Old Country

It’s almost New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai, Thailand. As I stare upward at the crumbling bricks of Thapae Gate—bricks that have seen traders, diplomats and monks pass for over 700 ... more »

Dec 30, 2015 12:14 PM Cover Story

A Cheese Platter Worthy Of Any Holiday Soiree

It’s 6:13 a.m. on Dec. 23 and a combination of terror, regret and anxiety just jolted you out of your much-needed holiday slumber. Like the fever of an approaching flu, the realization washes over you that you agreed ... more »

Dec 23, 2015 12:14 PM Spirits Within

Best Thai You’ve Never Had

Three years ago, I walked into a nondescript restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, in search of a dish that is virtually unheard of in the U.S.—boat noodles, or guai dtiaw in Thai. There were no tourists or Westerners in sight ... more »

Dec 9, 2015 11:44 AM Sushi & Biscuits

Ultimate Leftovers Sandwich To The Stars

The only thing I like more than Thanksgiving, is the day after Thanksgiving. The Friday after America unhinges its collective jaw and swallows 45 million turkeys whole is a day of reflection and reckoning. more »

Nov 25, 2015 1:12 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Will That Baconburger Kill You?

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) sought to crush the soul of every meat-lover in the world by releasing a statement linking cancer to the consumption of processed meats. The internet predictably exploded ... more »

Nov 11, 2015 1:38 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Not For The Faint Of Heart

Every Halloween, the food world becomes a homogeneous, orange-and-black landscape dominated by “fun” and “scary” recipe ideas like jack-o-lantern cupcakes and deviled eggs decorated like eyeballs. more »

Oct 28, 2015 4:02 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Costa Rica: Where The Wild Is Always Calling

I knew the rain was coming. Of course rain was coming. It had rained almost nonstop every day since I arrived at the eco farm in the foothills of the Arenal volcano, El Castillo, Costa Rica. But what did I expect? more »

Oct 21, 2015 12:38 PM Cover Story

Beef...It's What's For Dinner

The first cool nights of fall and the emergence of winter clothes from their mothball-laden cocoon triggers a particular region in my brain that longs for the blackened sear and mouthwatering aroma that only comes from ... more »

Oct 14, 2015 2:59 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Meat in a Velvet Glove

Trying to reproduce your favorite Chinese restaurant’s stir-fry in the comfort of your home kitchen can often result in a big pile of fail. Even if you manage to round up all the necessary ingredients ... more »

Sep 30, 2015 1:37 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Concocting The Classic Cocktails

If you were unfortunate enough to have been subjected to the “noble experiment” and spectacular failure known as Prohibition, Dec. 5, 1933 would have been like Christmas, your birthday and the Fourth of July all rolled into one. more »

Sep 16, 2015 1:16 PM Cover Story

Everything You Know (About Scrambled Eggs) Is Wrong

Scrambled eggs seem simple enough. Mix up some eggs in a bowl, stir them around in a pan until they are cooked, serve with toast and bacon. Wham, bam, breakfast ma’am. more »

Sep 2, 2015 2:07 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Cues For the Absolutely Perfect Backyard ’Cue

It’s late August, and the air around Chattanooga hangs thick with the smell of a thousand failed barbecues. Weekend warriors mourn the dry ribs, overcooked brisket and bland pork shoulders lost on their watch ... more »

Aug 26, 2015 12:22 PM Cover Story

To Market, To Small, Local Market

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about Chattanooga’s growth during the past couple of decades is the variety of wonderful people from countries all over the world that have decided to make this city their home. more »

Aug 19, 2015 12:05 PM News, Views, Rants, Raves 1 Comments

Pucker Up and Say “Yee-Roh”

I stood mesmerized as the thin, gleaming blade of his 15-inch knife sliced effortlessly through the crispy, caramelized outer layer of meat. Late ’70s-era, Klaus Harmony-esque porn music began to play softly in the back of my mind ... more »

Aug 5, 2015 3:17 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Hummus Makes Us Hum With Happiness

Hummus is one of the world’s oldest known prepared foods—yet it is a mystery to an astounding number of Americans. Those who have encountered this smooth and savory culinary multi-tasker, probably did so ... more »

Jul 22, 2015 1:34 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Peter Piper Knew What He Was Doing

Tennyson famously said that in the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, but by summer, the impish pickle hath beguiled them all. Well, maybe I’m paraphrasing a bit, but what could be better on a hot summer day ... more »

Jul 8, 2015 5:03 PM Sushi & Biscuits

The Notorious M.S.G.

In middle school, I was taught that sweet, salty, bitter and sour were the four cornerstones of taste. I was given a mimeographed diagram that used those familiar purple, blurry lines to map the tongue into four regions ... more »

Jun 24, 2015 3:47 PM Sushi & Biscuits

A Test of Nose-to-Tail Cooking

It was bound to happen eventually. I bought, cleaned, cooked and ate lamb testicles. I’ve certainly eaten my fair share of “bizarre” foods; sea urchin, balut, beef heart, century eggs, ant larvae, raw meat, and almost ... more »

Jun 10, 2015 1:50 PM Sushi & Biscuits