The RV Chronicles — 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)

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)

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 […]

The RV Chronicles — Valentine’s Day 2016: The ‘Jimmy Rockford’ year (Recipe: Avocado Crab Salad)

If you are one of my 16 loyal readers, you know that I’ve been living in an RV (named the ‘Jimmy Rockford’) near the Galveston Bay since August, 2015. I came here for a job while the love of my life hung back in our hometown to sell the house and wrap up our affairs. […]

The RV Chronicles — Mardi Gras mash-up at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Crawfish Tostadas w/ Cayenne Avocado Cream)

Some things just work well together. Biscuits and gravy. Chicken and rice. Chips and salsa. And, as Forrest Gump once wrote to his true love: peas and carrots. (That’s only because Forrest wasn’t aware of the successful marriage between Louisiana and Tex-Mex cooking.) Crawfish Tostadas with Cayenne Avocado Cream are textbook Lou-Mex. Right down to […]

The RV Chronicles — Chile de Arbol Salsa and going worldwide

The most important observance of this budding year is upon us.  It’s a celebration worthy of pomp, fanfare and a slew of culinary fireworks. Figuratively and literally. This Saturday, Jan. 16, is International Hot & Spicy Foods Day. Yes, international as in worldwide. Global.  If you’re neither a hot nor spicy food person, you might […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — A new New Year’s tradition? (Recipe: Mexican-style Beef w/ Cabbage)

There are a few New Year’s traditions that I’ve just never been able to stomach: watching a ball being lowered, resolutions and black eyed peas. In fact, I’ve long despised black-eyed peas about as much as I do fruitcake or sweet tea … That is, until my friend Shea Goldstein came up with this little […]

The RV Chronicles — Mexican Shrimp Fried Rice

What happens when huge Gulf shrimp go on sale and I’ve just received a telephone lecture from my long lost bride about spending $300 weekly on groceries? This… Before you go thinking I’m being a smarty pants, you need to know that these jumbo shrimp were cheaper than a pound of ground round. Everything else […]

The RV Chronicles — Home cooking … on wheels (Recipe: Skillet Fideos w/ Smoked Sausage)

To me, it conjures images of chicken & dumplings, fried chicken and porcupine meatballs. My wife, on the other hand, thinks of spaghetti and meatballs and stuffed cabbage. Home cooked comfort food. This past week I was listening to a couple of folks in the office compare their fideos (vermicelli) recipes. I’m quite familiar with […]

The RV Chronicles — Living más at lot 27 (Recipe: Crunchy Grilled Burritos)

So, the big news this week is not much. But it is enough to sustain us. We traveled to the Piney Woods and I was able to take a shower in a reasonably sized tub. Also, my doctor didn’t lecture me this time. Baby Girl, on the other hand, landed her left foot in a […]