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

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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 […]

The RV Chronicles — Mexican Shrimp Fried Rice

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What happens when huge Gulf shrimp go on sale and I’ve just received a telephone lecture from my long lost bride about spending $300 weekly on groceries? This… Before you go thinking I’m being a smarty pants, you need to know that these jumbo shrimp were cheaper than a pound of ground round. Everything else […]

The RV Chronicles — Sweet Black Pepper Sauced Scallops w/ Bacon

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My family is odd. First, I have a child who’ll eat canned tuna day and night but won’t touch fresh Gulf shrimp with a ten-foot pole.  Then, there’s the offspring who noshes on sushi rolled in spiders’ legs but complains about a single mushroom on a pizza. And my bride will eat just about anything […]

The RV Chronicles — Marcella would be proud, I think

Creamy fra Diavlo w/ Calamari Croutons —

Who says one can’t eat like Julius Caesar in an RV? Truth is, I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself for having to go back to all the stuff I learned on my way to earning my Eagle Scout. Sure, one can make a fine dinner or dessert in a Dutch oven or over […]

Confession No. 137 — Moving On

Shrimp & Avocado Flatbread — Quick. Delicious. Easy. And a real eye-catcher.

“I tramp a perpetual journey.” — Walt Whitman, Song of Myself My wife cried today. Sure, she’s shed her fair share of tears, but this time was different. ‘I’ve lived here longer than any place else I’ve ever lived and we’re leaving this place,’ she told me as we drove. ‘Seventeen years…’ I wasn’t sure […]

Food Snob Chronicles — A foodie fight and some funky good nachos

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When I think nachos, I envision a thick layer of refried beans and a lot of gooey cheese (like these). Some folks prefer that every major food group is represented in the toppings, while others get their freak on with the ballpark version — round tortilla chips, cheese ‘sauce’ and pickled jalapenos. That ballpark version, […]