The RV Chronicles — Opening Day ain’t so bad at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Brick Chili)

Brick Chili —

If baseball is America’s pastime, why isn’t Opening Day a national holiday? I mean, our friends in Washington have set aside Columbus Day and Presidents Day as official days off. And then there’s Thanksgiving, which was an on-and-off celebration for the first 100 years of our nation’s history. Before you go thinking that I’m starting […]

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 — Baby Girl isn’t a baby any more (Recipe: Brats en Brochette)

Brats en Brochette — Cheese-stuffed. Bacon-wrapped. Excellent tailgating fare.

I knew it would happen. I wished for it, in fact. But now that it has arrived, I’m a bit melancholy. Baby Girl has grown up. Long gone are the days of father-daughter outings to Applebee’s for mac & cheese. She’s a calamari connoisseur these days. Baby Girl has traded Sailor Moon for Sephora. It […]

The RV Chronicles — Oh, what a July it’s been! (Recipe: Sweet Black Pepper Meatball Sandwiches)

Sweet Black Pepper Meatball Sandwiches — Easy and delicious

I had a feeling that July 2016 might be one of my best. And when I wasn’t coerced into attending a fireworks display early in the month, I knew there’d be a happy ending come the 31st. Sure, I managed some bucket list stuff this month – riding the Amtrak from Texas to Chicago, staying […]

The RV Chronicles — Channeling the Mountain State at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: West Virginia Hot Dogs)

The West Virginia Hot Dog — Take me home, country road.

It all began over lunch in the communications suite. One of my co-workers mentioned something about her father digging on West Virginia Hot Dogs. ‘What’s that?’ I asked. ‘It’s just a hot dog with chili and slaw,’ she replied. My interest, already piqued at the mere mention of a new (to me) style of hot […]

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 — 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 — My dinner is better than their dinner

StubbsSweetPCSausage

One of the cool things about living in an RV park is you know what everyone is having for dinner. The popular grub around here is spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese and just about anything grilled.  About once a week though, someone fires up a charcoal grill for steak night. Who knows whether it’s […]

The RV Chronicles — The ‘Jimmy Rockford’ is no place for a Super Bowl party (Recipe: Muffuletta Bites)

Muffuletta Bites — A nosh-sized taste of a New Orleans classic. Great for parties.

A quick jaunt around the loop of my RV park reveals a few telling details to those who are paying attention. But the most glaring particular is the one lot that doesn’t have a satellite receiver dish occupying a swath’s worth of real estate. Mine. Come February 7, I envision many of my neighbors watching […]