The RV Chronicles — Fond memories of campfire fried potatoes

Cane fishing poles. Cold grape soda. The beckoning aroma of bacon, onions and potatoes cooking beneath a canopy of loblolly pines, sassafras and water oak. The setting played itself out annually between 1977 and about 1982 at Tyler State Park in northeast Texas, about 10 minutes off Interstate 20. Every spring. Just Dad and me. […]

The RV Chronicles — Wrapping up a summer by the bay (Recipe: Barbecue Stuffed Baked Potatoes)

If anyone six months ago had told me that I’d spend a good part of my summer picking apart Houston-area Tex-Mex restaurants and showering in a space the size of small closet, I’d have warned them to lay off the sauce. But life sometimes has a funny way of happening.  One minute I’m on the phone […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Southern Fried Potato Coins

Have you ever wondered where French fries originated? Sure, the French part of the name ought to be a dead giveaway. Except that it’s not. Early in my career as a radio newsman, I was interviewing a descendant of Fletcher Davis — the Athens, Texas man who is widely credited for inventing the hamburger sandwich as […]