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 […]

The RV Chronicles — There’s some Seoul happening in the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Crispy Korean-style Chicken Wings)

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Let’s face it. Despite that multiple flights  leave here weekly, the closest I’ll likely ever get to Seoul (as in South Korea) is by watching M*A*S*H.  But thanks to the information age, I can eat similarly to our 7,000 mile-away friends. Write this down: Gochujang.  Now, say it out loud three times:  guh – chew […]

The RV Chronicles — Sweet Black Pepper Sauced Scallops w/ Bacon

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My family is odd. First, I have a child who’ll eat canned tuna day and night but won’t touch fresh Gulf shrimp with a ten-foot pole.  Then, there’s the offspring who noshes on sushi rolled in spiders’ legs but complains about a single mushroom on a pizza. And my bride will eat just about anything […]

The RV Chronicles — Tailgating at the Jimmy Rockford (Recipe: Brats in a Blanket w/ Caramelized Kraut)

Brats in a Blanket w/ Caramelized Kraut — Ultimate football food

This ain’t no stadium parking lot and the only games being watched are piped through tacky little parabolas mounted atop cinder blocks. But it’s a tailgating atmosphere any time the mosquitoes are buzzing. A stroll to the laundry room, pool or trash dumpster brings an audible cornucopia of soundtracks — everything from Kenny Chesney to […]

The RV Chronicles — I’ve done salted my peanuts with my TV watching

Sure, the neighbors were looking as I breathed a sigh of relief.

When I’m not hand-washing dishes to the tunes of Whiskey River or Mojo Hand, I’m mostly plying stubborn wrinkles with a tiny iron that leaks when on steam mode. My background ironing music? Mostly television shows that are largely forgotten or ignored by awards committees. About a year before heading out on this trek, we […]

Confession No. 137 — Moving On

Shrimp & Avocado Flatbread — Quick. Delicious. Easy. And a real eye-catcher.

“I tramp a perpetual journey.” — Walt Whitman, Song of Myself My wife cried today. Sure, she’s shed her fair share of tears, but this time was different. ‘I’ve lived here longer than any place else I’ve ever lived and we’re leaving this place,’ she told me as we drove. ‘Seventeen years…’ I wasn’t sure […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Fried Padrón Peppers (or Shishitos)

Fried Padrón Peppers — Tastes like a cross between eggplant, peppers and okra. Phenomenal.

Have you ever tasted anything and thought ‘Where have you been all my life?’  Sure you have. I experienced that early on with mushrooms, a little later with (real) pimento cheese and most recently with Padrón peppers. The Padrón gets its name from the village in Galacia (northwestern Spain) that made the pepper famous. But […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Fried Calamari bathed in Thai Sweet & Hot Dipping Sauce

Melt-in-your-mouth— Fried Calamari w/ Thai Sweet & Hot Dipping Sauce

I told you about two years ago about the tenderizing power of milk.  Just in case you’re late to the party, here’s the bottom line: the enzymes break down muscle tissue, and that makes for more tender meat. It works with chicken, warm-blooded animals like bovine and swine — seafood. Now, before you go soaking […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Food Lore: Bread & Butter Pickles

Classic Bread & Butter Pickles — Slightly sweet and oh so sassy

Food lore fascinates me – whether it’s a modern tale, such as emergency workers using Coca Cola to clean wreck scenes of blood, or ancient legends of native-Americans eating hot peppers to protect themselves from poison. But I also dig the name game. And this week’s culinary mystery surrounds Bread & Butter Pickles. Where in […]