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)

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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 — 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 […]

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, […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Shrimp & Pasta w/ Fresh Tomato Basil Cream

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Aside from citrus, tomatoes are my favorite fruit to grow. And, despite that I’ve propagated dozens of varieties over the years, I’ve neither popped a cherry tomato into my mouth, nor have I indulged with a fresh slice of this nightshade family member. Strange, I know. (Hey, I warned you about people like me!) Because […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Sweet Heat Shrimp en Brochette

plump shrimp are dressed with smoky little slivers of roasted poblano peppers, wrapped with mildly-salty bacon and bathed in a tangy sweet chipotle laden sauce ... Eureka!

It’s a Southern/Tex-Mex fused appetizer with a French name and — with only four ingredients — it’s quite a dandy. I’ve made Shrimp en Brochette (translation: shrimp ‘cooked on skewers’) with as many varieties of peppers as you’ll find at any respectable farmers market. And with a number of sauces and marinades too. Truth is, […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw

Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw — A four-star three-bite nosh.

After recently watching a YouTube sensation do a video review of his own concoction of fast food products, my wife and I were talking about burger possibilities. Sure, I prefer mine with plenty of mustard and pickles — assembled properly — but our conversation took us well out of the box. Considering that hamburgers are […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Tacos de Camarónes Frescos (Fresh Shrimp Tacos)

Grilled Shrimp Tacos —

Fresh. Zesty. Light. Nope, these aren’t the tacos we grew up on. For one, there’s nothing guilty about this pleasure — no frying; no amber-colored grease dripping down your forearm; and no need to postpone your annual physical after eating a plateful.  Plus, they’re quick, easy and absolutely a ten in the flavor department. Want […]