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; […]

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

Guinness Beef Stew served atop Cauliflower Colcannon w/ Garlic Scapes. A meal fit for Saint Patrick himself.

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.

Beef Short Rib Stew

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?

On pizza night, everyone's pie is unique. Sauteed Baby Bellas with garlic make an outstanding addition to classic pepperoni.

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.

The ultimate Southwestern Surf & Turf: Ancho-braised Beef Shanks and Shrimp Cocktail ala La Mansion del Prado, with a side of Cauliflower-infused Chipotle Mashers.

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 […]