The Unorthodox Epicure — Eating chips and queso with C.B. Stubblefield (Recipe: Stubb’s Chili con Queso)

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Once in a blue moon, my out-of-the-box thinking turns into a reward. And the folks at Stubb’s® regularly lead me to that creative corner. Now, before you start thinking this is one of those sponsored posts, just stop. Not that I don’t accept sponsorships from purveyors of products that I actually love, but my relationship with Stubb’s® […]

The RV Chronicles — Cooking under vacuum in the smallest of spaces (Recipe: Crispy Salsa Chicken)

Crispy Salsa Chicken — Roasted crispy outside. Melty inside.

If you happen upon this brief story and you aren’t among my 17 loyal followers, just know that I’ve spent my life in an RV for the past 18 months. My challenge — other than taking a shower, sleeping and finding some ‘me’ space — has been cooking such as I did in my gourmet […]

The RV Chronicles — He’s just like his mama… (Recipe: Chicken & Black Bean Enchilada-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash)

Chicken & Black Bean Enchilada-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash — Delicious. Healthy. Tex-Mex.

It doesn’t take long to get to know — really know — someone when you live together in an RV. I recently learned from my daughter, for example, that Kendra Scott earrings are her life and that I shouldn’t just allow the kitten to play with them. I’ve also realized that my wife’s eyes might […]

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 — Beating up on restaurants at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Fish Nachos)

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Truth is, much of my cooking and recipe development originates with restaurant let-downs. One of the more recent disappointments reared its head at a fish taco dive in downtown Austin. My wife and I were there for the weekend for her very first 5K, and we’d decided to take in some of the city’s weird […]

The RV Chronicles — We’ll eat Mexican, with or without a far-fetched holiday (Recipe: Bean & Cheese Tostadas)

Bean and Cheese Tostadas — Fresh. Simple. Mexican food.

Quick — and without looking it up — what is the origin of Cinco de Mayo? Nope, it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day, as a living breathing school teacher insisted to me not so long ago. (Mexico celebrates its independence on Sept. 16). It also has nothing to do with Santa Anna’s troops taking the Alamo. […]

The RV Chronicles — Coconut Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos

Coconut Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos —

Some time between 2000 and 2002, I was eating at La Mansion del Prado, a restaurant in the now off-limits Mexican border town of Reynosa and ordered — out of habit — the tres leches cake. I’d previously had multiple versions of it. Always delicious, but hardly a dessert worth the history books. Until then. […]

The RV Chronicles — Carnitas Tacos w/ Chile de Arbol Salsa

Carnitas Tacos w/ Chile de Arbol Salsa

Redux. In the culinary world, it’s a fancy word for leftovers. And there’s a lot of redux going on at the Jimmy Rockford because of our limited space. The beauty of carnitas and chile de arbol salsa (or any other salsa, really) is they taste so much better the second time around. Sort of like […]

The RV Chronicles — Ain’t no wall around the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Carne Guisada)

Carne Guisada — This is how beef is stewed in Mexico

My relationship with food always seems to change when I travel. Though my intentions are to branch out, I tend to return home with a strong craving for the basics. It happened again this past week after a few days of honing my (PR) craft in the Texas Hill Country. Long story short, I went […]

The RV Chronicles — Yes. You can eat these tacos on Friday. And you’ll be glad you did! (Recipe: Avocado Tacos w/ Chipotle Cilantro Cream)

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I’m quite fortunate in my new locale when it comes to homemade tamales. It seems that everyone’s mother, cousin and abuela makes them. I’ve not had a bad one. I guess I’m also fortunate (or maybe not) that I don’t observe the no-Friday-meat rule during Lent. But plenty of others do. This past Friday during […]