The RV Chronicles — Getting primitive at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Dutch Oven Blackberry Cobbler)

Dutch Oven Blackberry Cobbler — A grown-up dessert

I own plenty of kitchen tools that could be considered modern or high-tech. It’s stuff that cuts cleanly, heats evenly and mixes perfectly. Even at the Jimmy Rockford, my temporary RV home, I occasionally employ a pre-programmed pressure cooker or an uber-modern sous vide wand. But lately, I’ve been going more primitive with my cooking […]

The RV Chronicles — Makin’ bacon at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Bacon Burnt Ends)

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A Sunday morning rarely goes by without me lamenting. No, I’m not sad that I’ve chosen to stay a while in an RV down by the Galveston Bay. Neither am I upset that — after six years writing these pages — I have but 20 loyal followers. It’s really about the eggs. And bacon. Though […]

The RV Chronicles — Back and forth at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Asian Sticky Honey Shrimp)

Sticky Honey Shrimp — Perfectly plump. Tangy sticky sweet.

While many friends, over this 2017 Spring Break, are hanging out with Mickey and Minnie or digging their toes into the sands of some far away beach, we’ve become intimately familiar with the potholes of U.S. 59 in east Texas. Fortunately, the good — eating convenience store chicharrones and listening to three straight hours of […]

The RV Chronicles — Stealing some BH&G thunder at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Beefy Balsamic Sliders w/ Caramelized Onions)

Beefy Balsamic Sliders w/ Caramelized Onions

I have this friend. I’ve never met her, but I used to spend every Sunday morning sipping coffee with her.  I’ve never met her husband either, nor their daughter. But I’ve broken bread with them countless times. Virtually, of course. Christiane (aka The Mom Chef) has this nifty website called Taking On Magazines, on which […]

The RV Chronicles — We’re mad as hell and we’re not gonna take this any more! (Recipe: Cheesy Italian Baked Beans)

Cheesy Italian Baked Beans — Delicious. Healthy. Filling. Works as a side or main.

It’s been a year and a half. I don’t regret confining myself to a home just barely larger than a prison cell. Neither do I lament trading a range that cost as much as some cars for an aged camp stove. I’ve gotten used to shaving within reach of my ‘pantry.’ I’ve even accepted that […]

The RV Chronicles — A 2017 Valentine’s letter to my wife (Recipe: Chocolate Covered Strawberries)

Say 'I love you' with quick, easy and delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Dear Catherine, I wrote you a year ago to tell you how lucky I am to know you … to be your lover. Our jobs kept us apart then, but we are together now and I feel even luckier. We share the smallest of spaces. Ridiculously small. It’s tight. Nerve-wracking. Yet, I feel so comforted […]

Confession No. 140 — Waste not … and never want again (Recipe: Stove Top Rice Pudding)

Stove Top Rice Pudding —

Have you ever swigged from a glass of water only to realize that it’s lemon lime soda? No matter how much you might enjoy the latter, such a surprise makes for a bad experience. Such was the case with my first turnip. ‘Mmmm, a pot of greens,’ I said to my childhood friend as we […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Eating chips and queso with C.B. Stubblefield (Recipe: Stubb’s Chili con Queso)

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Once in a blue moon, my out-of-the-box thinking turns into a reward. And the folks at Stubb’s® regularly lead me to that creative corner. Now, before you start thinking this is one of those sponsored posts, just stop. Not that I don’t accept sponsorships from purveyors of products that I actually love, but my relationship with Stubb’s® […]

Confession No. 139 — Some folks doth protest too much, methinks (Recipe: Apple Brie Crostini)

Apple Brie Crostini —

Unlike many friends and even more acquaintances, I watched the nationwide protests of this mid-January with nary an ounce of consternation. Before you go thinking that I’m indifferent or have internally marginalized those who choose to question authority, I implore you to get to know me. Truth is, I’ve openly challenged jurisdiction more times than […]

Confession No. 138 — When the dentist has stinky breath, just walk away (Recipe: Sous Vide Char Siu)

Sous Vide Char Siu —

Her halitosis should’ve been a dead giveaway. So too should I have been curious as she continued to brag about her skills while aimlessly poking away. My dentist was a bona fide dilettante. ‘Yep, just as I thought,’ she said, still exhaling her noxious breath in my oxygen space. ‘You have six cavities.’ ‘Six? Seriously?’ […]