The RV Chronicles — Chinese Beef & Snow Peas

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 — Lucky Me

I‘m fortunate. Extremely. As I’m gallivanting around the nation’s fourth largest city and relaxing most evenings in some fairly comfortable digs, my wife remains on Chestnut Lane trying to ready our home for sale. There’s still school, soccer games and doctor appointments for the boy, but only one of us is there to commandeer. There […]

The RV Chronicles — Wrapping up a summer by the bay (Recipe: Barbecue Stuffed Baked Potatoes)

If anyone six months ago had told me that I’d spend a good part of my summer picking apart Houston-area Tex-Mex restaurants and showering in a space the size of small closet, I’d have warned them to lay off the sauce. But life sometimes has a funny way of happening.  One minute I’m on the phone […]

The RV Chronicles — Johnny Cash, a teen flautist and Adam’s Little Astrodome (Recipe: Grilled Chuck Steak Salad)

There’s nothing like grilling to the sounds of Willie Nelson, the Foo Fighters and Johnny Cash. Throw in a little Roy Orbison and a 16-year-old flute player practicing Coldplay’s Clocks from the rear bedroom of an RV, and you have yourself a true cooking soundtrack. The flautist (and piccolo player) is my baby girl. Alexandra […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Pimento Cheese Patty Melt w/ Peppery Brown Sugar Bacon

Who says a patty melt isn’t a burger? My good friend, Shea Goldstein at Dixie Chik Cooks. That’s who! While the history of this buttery, beefy, heavenly sandwich is cloudy at best, we do know that it’s been served at diners and burger joints in the U.S. since at least the 1940s.  The classic version […]

Food Snob Chronicles — The Ultimate Tex-Mex Cheeseburger (El Gran Supremo)

In my best Don LaFontaine voice: In a time when the cheeseburger was set in stone … There was a burger that aspired to be more. Provocative … Inviting … Out of this world. Yes. Seriously. The El Gran Supremo is that cheeseburger. It has every element — the beefy, salty, cheesy, crunchy, buttery and […]

Food Snob Chronicles — The Philadelphia Cheese Steak

There are a few things in life that are well worth the momentary spike in cholesterol.  Here in east Texas, those things consist of chicken-fried steaks, chips and salsa and Pittsburg hot links. Where you live, that guilty pleasure could be anything from a huge slice of New York-style Pizza to a deep-fried hot dog […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw

After recently watching a YouTube sensation do a video review of his own concoction of fast food products, my wife and I were talking about burger possibilities. Sure, I prefer mine with plenty of mustard and pickles — assembled properly — but our conversation took us well out of the box. Considering that hamburgers are […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Grilling w/ C.B. ‘Stubb’ Stubblefield

Today is a first in my four years here. Indeed, it’s taken me this long to agree to a product partnership. But it’s also taken this long to get an offer about a product I actually love. And this product comes from my home state of Texas. Go figure. Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q. When the nice […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Review: Ally’s Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous Palates

If you’ve ever seen the quirky film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, you might be able to envision the travels you’ll take with Dr. Alice Phillips, author of Ally’s Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous Palates. There are a couple of major differences though. For one, Ally brings back delicious evidence of her globetrotting, and her […]