The RV Chronicles — Playing the shell game at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Brazilian style Shrimp Stew)

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I managed to make it to our fourth child before I had to take the reins and become an insurance negotiator, symptom translator and prescription picker-upper. Boy howdy! Yes, the boy was sick this week. ‘Good morning. I have a sick child and would like to make an appointment,’ I said to the lady on […]

The RV Chronicles — Wanna buy a house? (Recipe: Classic Fried Shrimp)

Fried shrimp on plate

Our Chestnut Lane home has been on the market for almost a year. Maybe longer. I’ve lost track of time here in the Jimmy Rockford. With the lack of interest in this totally updated 2,400-square-foot beauty, I’m beginning to think it’s haunted. Nope. We’ve experienced nary a nibble from would-be home buyers. Perhaps the kitchen […]

The RV Chronicles — Batten down the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ hatches (Recipe: Grilled Peel & Eat Shrimp)

GrillShellOnShrimp

It was almost a year ago that I applied for a new job position on a whim. Though I’m one of the few people in this world whose Mondays are (really) my Fridays, I needed a change in locale. So, I moved from the 42nd largest city in Texas to the 4th largest city in […]

The RV Chronicles — Beating up on restaurants at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Fish Nachos)

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 — Eating takeout from my tiny kitchen (Recipe: Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice)

Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice — Better than takeout? You bet your fortune cookies!

Let’s one thing straight. Those recipes scattered across the Internet that claim to be ‘better than Chinese takeout?’ Well, they’re mostly full of it. There are a few key factors when it comes to Chinese takeout technique, and most home cooks have no clue. Oh, sure. You can beat those guys at their own wok […]

The RV Chronicles — Still cooking with Ally … Sort of (Recipe: Lemony Sumac Shrimp Skewers)

Lemony Sumac Shrimp Skewers — Fresh. Fun.

One of the really cool things about footprints is that they can lead you on a path you never expected to follow. It’s been almost a year since I received for review Ally’s Kitchen: A Passport for Adventurous Palates, Dr. Alice Phillips’ foray into the world of cookbooks. As I’ve done with the more than […]

The RV Chronicles — Happy as a clam at high water

Steamed Clams w/ Drawn Butter —

It’s been said that absence makes the heart grow fonder and my heart is living proof. This past weekend was my favorite yet at the Jimmy Rockford, because my beautiful bride was able to make the trek to my little home by the bay. Funny thing though, we didn’t really do much. Unlike the droves […]

The RV Chronicles — Still (not) cooking over my head

FishCannelliniMash

Though I’ve eaten quite well since moving into an RV almost six months ago, I’ve not really gone out on a culinary limb of difficulty. This week is no different. Sure, Pan-seared Halibut with Cannellini Spinach Mashers sounds really fancy, but it’s about as rustic a dish as you’ll ever serve. It’s easy too … […]

The RV Chronicles — Salsa Grilled Shrimp

Salsa Grilled Shrimp — It's always summer with these plump beauties.

It was always true in my old neck of the woods and it’s even more the case in the Houston area — weather changes at the drop of a hat. One minute, I’m harvesting basil from my little plant to make a weeknight minestrone — it is November, after all — then I get bitten […]

The RV Chronicles — Beer Battered Shrimp and Chips

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Well, I went and did it again. And I honestly don’t even regret it. I deep fried. When I first made the decision to break out the oil, I thought that perhaps I should do it on a day that Baby Girl was away.  After all, she’s been known to have loose lips.  Then I […]