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 […]

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?’ […]

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 — Coconut Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos

Coconut Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos —

Some time between 2000 and 2002, I was eating at La Mansion del Prado, a restaurant in the now off-limits Mexican border town of Reynosa and ordered — out of habit — the tres leches cake. I’d previously had multiple versions of it. Always delicious, but hardly a dessert worth the history books. Until then. […]

The RV Chronicles — Damn these wayfaring wildcatters (Recipe: Korean Grilled Pork Chops)

Korean Grilled Pork Chops —

Admit it. You’ve experienced that strange feeling of elation when a for sale sign pops up in the neighbor’s yard. Me too. But I’m feeling the opposite this week … Except there was no warning. Or warning sign, as it were. I’ve talked here before about my neighbors. In this park of 50 or so […]

The RV Chronicles — Eating takeout from my tiny kitchen (Recipe: Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice)

Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice — Better than takeout? You bet your fortune cookies!

Let’s one thing straight. Those recipes scattered across the Internet that claim to be ‘better than Chinese takeout?’ Well, they’re mostly full of it. There are a few key factors when it comes to Chinese takeout technique, and most home cooks have no clue. Oh, sure. You can beat those guys at their own wok […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Chicken & Bamboo Shoot Noodle Soup (Bun Mang Ga)

Bun Mang GaWeb

For the next couple of weeks, the Jimmy Rockford and I are getting a well-deserved separation from one another.  I will instead be celebrating Christmas on Chestnut Lane — and cooking in a real kitchen with real pots and pans — assuming I’m able to complete the to-do list my bride handed me when I […]

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 — Chinese Beef & Snow Peas

Beef&Snowpeas

When it comes to eating for the first time in a restaurant, I’m unflinching in my ordering routine. In Tex-Mex joints, the tamales and enchiladas get my first nod.  In a home style or Southern place, I order chicken fried steak. I christen Italian restaurants with a plate of eggplant parmigiana. As a rookie at […]

The RV Chronicles — The human race is going to hell in a hand basket, and other observations

Vegetable Chow Mein — Better than the stuff at Lee How Fook's

I tend to notice the mostly unnoticeable — such as the misspelled words on the Diary Queen marquee or the successive series of signs posted along the highway that start with “Your wife is hot.” and end with “Call Acme A/C service!” about a half-mile later. So should it come as no surprise that I […]