The Unorthodox Epicure — Homemade Smoked Pastrami Sous Vide

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Dateline: June 30, 2017. Citi Field; Queens, NY. Mets vs. Phillies. Though the hometown starter whiffed a dozen visiting batters, this wasn’t exactly a game for the ages. But the ballpark fare — hot pastrami — turned out to be a taste of Seventh Heaven. Now, I’ve been to a lot of baseball parks through […]

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 — A 2016 letter to Santa from the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Slow Cooker Osso Buco)

Slow Cooker Osso Buco —

Dear Santa – As you check out your list in the next week, you’ll see that I’ve been (mostly) nice this year.  I know, this puts you in an odd predicament. Relax, because I already have everything I’ve wished for. Our 2016 has been healthy and happy. Catherine began her new career as a teacher; […]

The RV Chronicles — A touch and go week by the bay (Recipe: Grilled Chuck Eye Steak w/ Roasted Salsa)

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It’s been little more than five years since I began sharing my stories here. And it’s really funny how this has grown from a virtual space in which I could self-impose writing deadlines, to a crowd of 17 loyal followers. If you’re among those 17, you know that I live to eat — and to […]

The RV Chronicles — Cooking new school old school at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Texas Sloppy Joes)

Texas Sloppy Joe — Serve with plenty of napkins

My barbecue aficionado friends will accuse me of being sacrelige. Perhaps even treasonous. But still… Chopped barbecued beef sandwiches — just like they’re served here in Texas — require nothing but a slow cooker and a few key ingredients. There. I said it. Look, I’m a barbecue purist as much as the next guy. But […]

The RV Chronicles — It’s Burger Month at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Cheese Enchilada Hamburgers)

The Cheese Enchilada Burger — For reals

Feast your eyes on this. Sure, you notice the rich Certified Angus Beef®, bright crisp lettuce and perhaps even the buttery avocado slices. But do you know what that topper is? Oh. Yeah. Cheese Enchiladas. We love our hamburgers in the Lone Star State. But we also dig our Tex-Mex. And the combination is a […]

The RV Chronicles — Eating at 7 with a 2 (Recipe: Italian-style Pot Roast)

Italian-style Pot Roast — From famished to full with little effort

I had a car once — my first car, in fact — a hand-me-down 1973 Datsun 610 station wagon. The ‘Blue Bomb,’ as I called it, was a four-cylinder beast … as in it looked like a beast. Sure, the white vinyl interior was stylish back in the day and the uncontrollable shimmy that occurred […]

The RV Chronicles — Rarefied fare at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’

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For every 20 recipe attempts, I might accidentally create something worthy of repeating.  To realize a dish worthy of shouting from the rooftops is a one-in-a-thousand thing. The odds are even more remote while cooking in an RV. But lightning has to strike somewhere. And when it did, I ended up with a hearty … […]

The RV Chronicles — How Southern am I? Well, let me tell you!

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich — the real reason for the 'When I die I want to go to Texas' decal.

You know her as Shea Goldstein of Dixie Chik Cooks. I know her as the person who lives 4 latitudinal degrees north of me and still has the audacity to claim that she’s more Southern. Perhaps my 16 readers will help settle the score. Around these parts, we still have majorettes, bright red lipstick and […]

The RV Chronicles — Chinese Beef & Snow Peas

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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 […]