The RV Chronicles — Getting curveballs at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Grilled Pita Pizzas)

I‘m fast approaching a year’s worth of tight living space, an even tighter bathroom and coin laundry. My journey in the Jimmy Rockford began in early August, 2015. For those 17 of you who have trudged through essays written in the ‘dining room’ of my 32-footer, you know full well that I’ve used this virtual […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Easy Peasy Pizza (No, really!)

Call me a slow learner, but I’m usually the last person to find out about something. In this case, it happened to be something that I’ve been working on for years. Pizza crust. You’ve no doubt heard about this ‘two-ingredient’ pizza dough that basically goes from the mixing bowl into the oven and is the […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — New York-style Pizza

I first ate New York-style pizza in 1978 in my local mall. But I didn’t know it at the time. In fact, that was a treat (as was going to the mall — my how times have changed). In our small northeast Texas town, we had Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn, Shakey’s (the place with the […]

Food Snob Chronicles – Originality: It’s rare in the restaurant business

Before you take another bite of that flame-broiled hamburger … Before you take a cell phone photo of that sandwich that you topped – all by yourself – at the fixins’ bar … Before you pay for your kid’s boxed meal with your credit card at the drive-thru window, just know that it’s all a […]

Food Snob Chronicles — A five-minute botany lesson (Recipe: Farfalle w/ Chicken & Sun-dried Tomatoes)

Not many people know that peaches and roses attend family reunions together. Or that the one weed that wreaks most havoc during spring is closely related to a widely accepted cure for those same sniffles. It’s also true that produce and spice marketers throw the word ‘pepper’ around like a politician tosses about promises in […]

Food Snob Chronicles — So, you think you can tenderize a chicken, huh?

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. 39 — Eating your words is sometimes for the best

It’s funny how our own words – or actions – can come back to taunt us. When I was a child, I refused to eat salsa or Monterrey Jack cheese on homemade tacos. I preferred ketchup and … Velveeta chunks. My staples were Minute Rice, canned spinach and Quarter Pounders with cheese. I refused anything […]