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 Unorthodox Epicure — Chicken & Bamboo Shoot Noodle Soup (Bun Mang Ga)

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For the next couple of weeks, the Jimmy Rockford and I are getting a well-deserved separation from one another.  I will instead be celebrating Christmas on Chestnut Lane — and cooking in a real kitchen with real pots and pans — assuming I’m able to complete the to-do list my bride handed me when I […]

The RV Chronicles — Lightning fast chicken & dumplings … just like Mamaw’s

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I’ve always figured that my daughter was my true kindred spirit. But when I mentioned that I had chicken gizzards in the freezer, I was shocked to hear that she wanted a mess o’ dumplings — chicken and dumplings, that is … with gizzards as the main. Truth is, one can add anything to dumplings. […]

The RV Chronicles — Minestrone Soup … On a budget and a time crunch

Weeknight Minestrone Soup — Tastes just like Sunday

The best recipes have at least one thing in common — a storied history. Some of those stories only go back a generation or two, such as my mamaw’s chicken and dumplings. She made her version from the cheapest most readily available ingredients (sometimes squirrel or some other feathered animal stood in for the chicken). […]

The RV Chronicles — My own Walden … Sort of (Recipe: Chuck Wagon Stew)

Chuck Wagon Stew — Whether you make it outdoors or in your modern kitchen, this stuff is memory worthy.

If Henry David Thoreau made solitude seem attractive, the Jimmy Rockford makes it downright delicious. I no doubt miss conversations with my bride, and even the occasional dog bark or bickering match between children. But my oft loneliness these days rewards me with unexpected replays of long forgotten memories. One of those recollections came on […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Crab & Corn Bisque

Crab & Corn Bisque — Velvety goodness.

Bisque evokes thoughts of a cream-based soup in which crab is the star. And sometimes lobster. For average guys like me, it also means that I’m going to pay top dollar for a few spoonfuls of creamy warm shellfish bliss. While that might be the case nowadays, bisque has a somewhat humble beginning. As the […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Louisiana Crawfish Étouffée

Louisiana Crawfish Etouffee — Cajun and Creole flavors combine for a luxurious stew-like version of this classic. 

I suppose that every locale has its culinary purists. In the Northeast there is only one true way to make a pot of Italian gravy — although there are 23 million versions of that one true way. Here in Texas we tend to agree that beef makes the best barbecue, but some of us are […]

Food Snob Chronicles — A Cauliflower Soup for the (Cauliflower) Haters

Cauliflower Soup with Roasted Cauli 'Croutons.' A soup for Cauliflower haters. Seriously.

Confession: I’ve always enjoyed munching on a cauliflower floret, or two on a vegetable tray. Raw cauliflower.  Then, I met the love of my life, who happens to prefer the steamed version. No, she’s not a 90-year-old who cannot stomach anything that must be chewed. Neither is she someone without taste buds. She just believes […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Cabbage 101, and a nifty soup recipe

Cabbage, Italian White Bean & Italian Sausage Soup — Stick. To. Your. Ribs.

An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup. — H. L. Mencken, American journalist, satirist Ah, cabbage. On one hand, it’s an Orwellian example of living within the confines of Big Brother. On the other, it’s the label on a very […]

Food Snob Chronicles — (Recipe): Chinese Hot & Sour Soup

Chinese Hot & Sour Soup is a feast for the senses.

My love affair with Chinese Hot & Sour Soup began long ago. Well before I realized what I wanted to do when I grew up. Years before I met my soul mate. And it happened in my little hometown. Longview, Texas is a catfish and chain restaurant town. I remember a mom & pop Italian […]