Avocado Crab Salad — A healthy delicious aphrodisiac.

The RV Chronicles — Valentine’s Day 2016: The ‘Jimmy Rockford’ year

If you are one of my 16 loyal readers, you know that I’ve been living in an RV (named the ‘Jimmy Rockford’) near the Galveston Bay since August, 2015. I came here for a job while the love of my life hung back in our hometown to sell the house and wrap up our affairs. […]

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Brown is beautiful

When you are looking for a rich brown crust on meat or seafood, steam is the enemy. Here are a few tips on achieving what you see on all of those magazine covers.

  • Blot the surface of meat, shrimp or scallops with a dry paper towel before placing into a hot oiled pan.
  • For fish, let it rest — skin side down — on a paper towel, then sear the skin side first.
  • Sprinkle just a small pinch of sugar onto the meat that is to be seared (this works great for scallops). In most cases, it won’t affect the end flavor result, but nothing caramelizes more quickly than sugar itself.
  • Looking for a beautiful brown-crusted burger? Cook it in cast iron on medium-high heat.
  • Whatever you’re cooking, don’t crowd the pan!
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Avocado Crab Salad — A healthy delicious aphrodisiac.

The RV Chronicles — Valentine’s Day 2016: The ‘Jimmy Rockford’ year

If you are one of my 16 loyal readers, you know that I’ve been living in an RV (named the ‘Jimmy Rockford’) near the Galveston Bay since August, 2015. I came here for a job while the love of my life hung back in our hometown to sell the house and wrap up our affairs. […]

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The RV Chronicles — Mardi Gras mash-up at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’

Some things just work well together. Biscuits and gravy. Chicken and rice. Chips and salsa. And, as Forrest Gump once wrote to his true love: peas and carrots. (That’s only because Forrest wasn’t aware of the successful marriage between Louisiana and Tex-Mex cooking.) Crawfish Tostadas with Cayenne Avocado Cream are textbook Lou-Mex. Right down to […]

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The RV Chronicles — There’s nothing fat about my Tuesdays

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 […]