Confession No. 138 — When the dentist has stinky breath, just walk away (Recipe: Sous Vide Char Siu)

Sous Vide Char Siu —

Her halitosis should’ve been a dead giveaway. So too should I have been curious as she continued to brag about her skills while aimlessly poking away. My dentist was a bona fide dilettante. ‘Yep, just as I thought,’ she said, still exhaling her noxious breath in my oxygen space. ‘You have six cavities.’ ‘Six? Seriously?’ […]

The RV Chronicles — A 2016 letter to Santa from the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Slow Cooker Osso Buco)

Slow Cooker Osso Buco —

Dear Santa – As you check out your list in the next week, you’ll see that I’ve been (mostly) nice this year.  I know, this puts you in an odd predicament. Relax, because I already have everything I’ve wished for. Our 2016 has been healthy and happy. Catherine began her new career as a teacher; […]

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 — Damn these wayfaring wildcatters (Recipe: Korean Grilled Pork Chops)

Korean Grilled Pork Chops —

Admit it. You’ve experienced that strange feeling of elation when a for sale sign pops up in the neighbor’s yard. Me too. But I’m feeling the opposite this week … Except there was no warning. Or warning sign, as it were. I’ve talked here before about my neighbors. In this park of 50 or so […]

The RV Chronicles — Cooking like there’s a blizzard

Southern Style Butter Beans with Ham— It'll warm your soul

Over the past week or so, I’ve seen enough images of snow-covered roads, streets and houses to last a lifetime. Fortunately, I was able to view them from the 60-something degree comfort here in the Bayou City. I’ve actually lived through a blizzard. Back in those days, weather aficionados didn’t name such storms — other […]

The RV Chronicles — Cider Brined Pork Chops for my bride

Cider Brined Pork Chops w/ Apple Thyme Pan Sauce

I‘ve been acting a little strange lately. Even for me. When I’m not laughing at 5 in the morning at the homey antics of Mr. Ed and Wilbur Post, I’m tucking back in the disheveled mess that is intended to cover me as I sleep. I haven’t turned on a fan in weeks and weeks. And […]

Food Snob Chronicles — New Fashioned Cowboy Beans & Ribs

New Fashioned Cowboy Beans & Ribs — Hopalong Cassidy would be proud.

It was hardly yesterday or even the day before, but I remember it well. As a youngster around three, the nice ladies at Candy Land Day Care convinced us to eat barbecued beans by calling them Cowboy Beans. Sure, that’s what they’re called. But the cowboy part had most of us thinking we were eating […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Texas Rib Sandwich

The Texas Rib Sandwich — Messy and downright wonderful.

Texas, when it comes to barbecue, is known for slow smoked brisket. When done correctly, there is no better protein on planet earth. But, as the old saying goes — chocolate cake every day doesn’t taste as sweet. Enter barbecued pork ribs. If you walk into any respectable (mom and pop) barbecue joint in the […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Vietnamese-style Pork Ribs

Vietnamese-style Pork Ribs — Bright. Succulent. Delicious.

Quickly, name two Vietnamese dishes. Now, read on. Did you answer Phở?  What was your second answer?  No worries. I won’t tell anyone … especially since you helped me prove my point that Vietnamese cuisine has been unfairly stereotyped here in America. Just about every culture’s food has been viewed similarly here.  I know people […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Crispy Flautas w/ Crema Avocado

Crispy Flautas w/ Avocado Crema — 

If you’re from California or are an oft-eater of Mexican food from your grocer’s freezer, you probably know these little rolled gems as taquitos. But in my Tex-Mex world they are called flautas, which is Spanish for flutes. (I think they more resemble the half-size piccolo, but that’s a discussion for another day.) By most […]