Confession No. 141 — Dear New Owners (Recipe: Sous Vide Bay Scallop Scampi)

Bay scallop scampi over pasta

May 12, 2017 Dear New Owners, As you read this, you’re probably surrounded by labeled boxes. A spring swarm of crane flies might also have blindly followed you inside. Perhaps you even have noticed a gecko or two near the front porch. They’ve always liked it there, and we enjoyed watching them through our years […]

The RV Chronicles — I’m better than my Instagram alter ego (Recipe: Buttery Roasted Shrimp & Asparagus)

Buttery Roasted Shrimp & Asparagus —

My Instagram followers see a little more than the 20 of you who come here on a regular basis. It’s not that I’m trying to hide anything from you, rather I’ve just not figured out a … presentable way to show you random pictures of me frying okra or drinking Scotch. And maybe that’s a […]

The RV Chronicles — Hopefully not fake news at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Pasta w/ Shrimp & Scallops in Pink Sauce)

Pasta w/ Shrimp & Scallops in Pink Sauce

My first entry in The RV Chronicles came on August 6, 2015. It doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but we’ve discovered almost 1,300 planets since then. If all goes as planned, my final dispatch from the Jimmy Rockford will happen in the coming weeks — hopefully before we see any more 50-point headlines […]

The RV Chronicles — Back and forth at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Asian Sticky Honey Shrimp)

Sticky Honey Shrimp — Perfectly plump. Tangy sticky sweet.

While many friends, over this 2017 Spring Break, are hanging out with Mickey and Minnie or digging their toes into the sands of some far away beach, we’ve become intimately familiar with the potholes of U.S. 59 in east Texas. Fortunately, the good — eating convenience store chicharrones and listening to three straight hours of […]

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 […]