The RV Chronicles — The ‘Jimmy Rockford’ is no place for a Super Bowl party

A quick jaunt around the loop of my RV park reveals a few telling details to those who are paying attention. But the most glaring particular is the one lot that doesn’t have a satellite receiver dish occupying a swath’s worth of real estate.


Come February 7, I envision many of my neighbors watching commercials throughout the day as they lie in wait for the big game. The smell of burning charcoal and sound of popping tops will fill the nearby air, and the dumpster will undoubtedly overflow with Bud Light packaging.

Many of my neighbors, as they drive to their jobs the following morning, will lament the coming months during which no professional footballers will take a snap or make a tackle. I, on the other hand, will be giddy about coming out of horsehide hibernation, as pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in the weeks that follow.

And that might be the only display worthy of planting a tacky grey parabala outside the Jimmy Rockford.

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Muffuletta Bites

Muffuletta Bites — A nosh-sized taste of a New Orleans classic. Great for parties.

Muffuletta Bites — A nosh-sized taste of a New Orleans classic. Great for parties.


Muffuletta Bites
Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 8
Marinated Olive Salad
  • 1 cup – Giardiniera mix (cauliflower, carrot, celery & pepperoncini), chopped
  • ½ cup – Roasted red sweet peppers, chopped
  • ½ cup – Pimento-stuffed green olives, chopped
  • ½ cup – Pitted black olives, chopped
  • 2 – Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 TB – Capers
  • 1 TB – Red wine vinegar
  • 1 TB – Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp – Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp – Celery seed
The Sandwich Filling
  • 2 oz – Cotto Salami, thinly sliced
  • 2 oz – Black Forest Ham, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices – Mozzarella
  • 4 slices – Smoked Provolone
  • 2 – Ciabatta sandwich rolls, split
  1. In a medium bowl, combine first 10 ingredients; cover and refrigerate for at least an hour (but preferably 3-4 hours).
Assemble the sandwiches
  1. Spoon about 2 TB of the olive salad on the bottom half of the sandwich rolls.
  2. Layer with two slices of Mozzarella, half of the BuddigTM Original Cotto Salami, 2 slices of smoked Provolone, then half of the BuddigTM Original Black Forest Ham.
  3. Top with another 2 TB of the olive salad, then add top half of the sandwich rolls.
  4. Cut each sandwich diagonally into four pieces.


  1. Yummmy and sharing!

  2. Love the Muffuletta Bites! Very Super Bowl-ish or Mardi Gras – ish! :) You can’t watch the game on CBS or you don’t care to watch the game because you prefer Baseball? We “Cut the Cable Cord” about 4 months ago – now we have antennae on each TV plus Roku, Netflix and Sling TV (I love Sling and you get ESPN, ESPN2 plus Food Network and HGTV) We haven’t missed cable at all – I really thought my husband would but he hasn’t. It cut out bill from $120 per month to $40……….it’s amazing so unless you can’t get Roku, Netflix and Sling TV in the Jimmy Rockford – I highly recommend it! If you just don’t watch the SB, just ignore all that except for the compliment on the food!!! :)

    • adamjholland says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Kelli. We cut the cord some time ago on Chestnut Lane and placed a Roku with each TV. We subscribe to all of the big services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.) and we have a 360-degree (non-directional) antenna in the attic with an additional 100W signal amplifier. We have everything we would ever want — on demand, no less. I can get CBS in the Jimmy Rockford (I use a Mohu flat antenna here) but … you got me sister: I couldn’t care less about the NFL.

  3. I finally time to look more closely at this recipe and it sounds very, very good. There is something about a muffuletta sandwich that just makes your heart want to sing. It has all the components for a good bite. All that I can think would add to the experience is a very cold beer. Not something I usually have, but that sounds like a good addition.

  4. I like football for the food, but baseball for the game! Either way, these look so good. I made a muffaletta sandwich once, and it tasted amazing, but wasn’t very pretty. I need to try it as a bite, next time.

    • adamjholland says:

      Thank you, Nichole! (I like baseball food better than football food, but I’m a little on the unorthodox side.) ;-)

  5. Well I had to google parabala to find out what it was. And noticing your conversation with Kelli, I’m going to Google Roku. With all that said, your muffuletta bites are such a great idea. I remember being in New Orleans and taking my first bite of a muffuletta. At the time I thought it was about the best thing I had ever tasted. Central Grocery….. sigh. I tried a recipe at home that was all jacked up and a mess and I’ve never taken time to look for another. Thanks for this Adam.

    • adamjholland says:

      Sorry for the industry jargon, Lea Ann. Parabala is actually the curve of the satellite receiver dish. Back in my radio days, it was one of those oft-used phrases. As for the stuff in New Orleans, the real difference is the bread. (Just like bagels in NYC — it all has to do with that nasty water from the Hudson River.)


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