The RV Chronicles — A 2016 letter to Santa from the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: 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; […]

Confession No. 84 — Unhappy at work? You decide. (Recipe: Guinness Beef Stew & Cauliflower Colcannon w/ Garlic Scapes)

I‘ve been unhappy in a few jobs. I worked in the dish room at the local Red Lobster. My hands, by the end of each shift, looked like prunes. My skin smelled like fish and cocktail sauce for days at a time … I also had a stint in construction as a go-fer. The money […]

Confession No. 70 — Some things in life just are.

An unearthed vision brings new light and understanding. When you dig up the same vision for the second or third time, it can be painful. I experienced a repeat epiphany this past week when I stepped from the warmth of my car upon reaching the office. This time though, instead of a gentle oracle-like reminder, […]

Food Snob Chronicles — So, you think you can tenderize a chicken, huh?

Most of us are trained to believe that marinating meat causes it to become more tender. That’s true in some cases — but not necessarily so when it comes to poultry. I know Grandma swore by her method, but that salt water soaking did nothing more than add some flavor to her famous fried yardbird. […]

Confession No. 56 – Please, just get to the point.

Many people think of me as a windbag. Some also believe that arrogance flows through my veins. Possibly so on both counts, but one thing’s for sure — I’m a man of double standards. Especially when it comes to conversations. In short, I much prefer being behind life’s virtual podium to being on the audience side. […]

Confession No. 18 — My guilty pleasures are no laughing matter

I have thick skin and a dark sense of humor, but I was quite offended at the scene in ‘The Hangover Part II’ when Zach Galifianakis’ socially awkward character was used in a show of disrespect toward Long John Silver’s. Alan (Zach): “I’ve been … uh … meaning to ask someone. I noticed it’s a […]