The Unorthodox Epicure — Southern Fried Scallop Squash

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For a squash variety that’s been around so long, the creamy white scallop variety sure is elusive these days. Widely grown by native Americans for centuries, and even documented by Europeans in the late 16th century, it seems the only places to find it now is at farmers markets and you-pick-it farms. I harvested these […]

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 […]

The RV Chronicles — Batten down the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ hatches (Recipe: Grilled Peel & Eat Shrimp)

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It was almost a year ago that I applied for a new job position on a whim. Though I’m one of the few people in this world whose Mondays are (really) my Fridays, I needed a change in locale. So, I moved from the 42nd largest city in Texas to the 4th largest city in […]

The RV Chronicles — Pleasing the doctor and my taste buds (Recipe: Thai Turmeric Lime Wings)

Thai Turmeric Lime Wings —

Of my 17 loyal followers, my physician isn’t among them. Thank goodness … most of the time. Yes, I’ve had plenty of non-doctor-prescribed meals here at the Jimmy Rockford — fried this and pork belly-laden that. But once in a while, I whip up something that might even be Club Med approved. These Thai Turmeric […]

The RV Chronicles — Beating up on restaurants at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Fish Nachos)

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Truth is, much of my cooking and recipe development originates with restaurant let-downs. One of the more recent disappointments reared its head at a fish taco dive in downtown Austin. My wife and I were there for the weekend for her very first 5K, and we’d decided to take in some of the city’s weird […]

The RV Chronicles — Still cooking with Ally … Sort of (Recipe: Lemony Sumac Shrimp Skewers)

Lemony Sumac Shrimp Skewers — Fresh. Fun.

One of the really cool things about footprints is that they can lead you on a path you never expected to follow. It’s been almost a year since I received for review Ally’s Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous Palates, Dr. Alice Phillips’ foray into the world of cookbooks. As I’ve done with the more than […]

The RV Chronicles — Happy as a clam at high water

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It’s been said that absence makes the heart grow fonder and my heart is living proof. This past weekend was my favorite yet at the Jimmy Rockford, because my beautiful bride was able to make the trek to my little home by the bay. Funny thing though, we didn’t really do much. Unlike the droves […]

The RV Chronicles — Mardi Gras mash-up at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Crawfish Tostadas w/ Cayenne Avocado Cream)

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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 […]

The RV Chronicles — The ‘Jimmy Rockford’ is no place for a Super Bowl party (Recipe: Muffuletta Bites)

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

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. Mine. Come February 7, I envision many of my neighbors watching […]