The Unorthodox Epicure — Recipe: Beef Barbacoa

This ain’t the barbacoa you’ve had at Chipotle. Nope. This is legit. If you’ve ever patronized a real Mexican restaurant on Saturday morning, you’ve probably had something close to this. But not quite. The meat in this recipe melts in your mouth quicker than the ice at Sonic. And it has more flavor than the […]

Confession No. 150 — Let 2018 begin! (Recipe: Smoked Tomato Salsa)

At this time one year ago, four of us lived in a 32-foot RV near the Galveston Bay, and we were merely toying with the idea of moving to a (temporary) home so that I could have some peace and quiet for studying. By September, that RV and our new temporary home were mostly gone. […]

The RV Chronicles — Opening Day ain’t so bad at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: 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 Unorthodox Epicure — Eating chips and queso with C.B. Stubblefield (Recipe: Stubb’s Chili con Queso)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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. […]