The Unorthodox Epicure — Southern Fried Scallop Squash

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For a squash variety that’s been around so long, the creamy white scallop variety sure is elusive these days. Widely grown by native Americans for centuries, and even documented by Europeans in the late 16th century, it seems the only places to find it now is at farmers markets and you-pick-it farms. I harvested these […]

The RV Chronicles — We’re mad as hell and we’re not gonna take this any more! (Recipe: Cheesy Italian Baked Beans)

Cheesy Italian Baked Beans — Delicious. Healthy. Filling. Works as a side or main.

It’s been a year and a half. I don’t regret confining myself to a home just barely larger than a prison cell. Neither do I lament trading a range that cost as much as some cars for an aged camp stove. I’ve gotten used to shaving within reach of my ‘pantry.’ I’ve even accepted that […]

The RV Chronicles — Sort of celebrating Thanksgiving (Recipe: Amish Potato Filling)

Amish Potato Filling —

It’s no secret among the folks in my tight circle that I’m not a huge Thanksgiving fan. Sure, I’m thankful for all that is good. And I enjoy being in the company of (some) family. But … turkey? Yeah… You’re more than welcome to eat my portion. And green bean casserole? Oh, my. Leave it […]

The RV Chronicles — And then there were six (Recipe: Pimento Cheese Squash Casserole)

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It’s been said that a decent cat photo can propel an otherwise quiet living person to virtual fame. For my money, boxer puppy photos win the Internet, but still I present this foggy out-of-focus snapshot for your viewing pleasure… It only took about six months in the Jimmy Rockford for the neighborhood (feral) cat to […]

The RV Chronicles — There’s no place like our (tiny) home (Recipe: Grilled Summer Squash)

Grilled Summer Squash —

It’s been about a year since I began chronicling the exploits of my so-called temporary life in a recreational vehicle. If you’re among my faithful 17 readers, you’re aware of pretty much every frustration I’ve experienced here — from showering in a microwave-sized tub to being bored and quite lonely. Those daily doldrums, though, have […]

The RV Chronicles — More peas please! (Recipe: Asian Spring Pea Medley)

Asian Spring Pea Medley —

No matter how much time passes — and it’s been a while — I see green peas and am transported to my childhood. ‘You have to eat at least a spoonful,’ my parents would tell my sister about the canned English peas they occasionally served as a side. ‘I’ll take them,’ I usually said. ‘No, […]

The RV Chronicles — Roasted Broccolini w/ Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Roasted Broccolini w/ Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

No. That’s not bacon in the photo. Sorry. Sure, bacon would be an excellent addition to roasted broccolini, but my version is as clean (and vegan) as the wind-driven snow. Besides, bacon gets its share of moments in the sun. Truth be told, I’m one of those folks who saves bacon fat (for when I […]

The RV Chronicles — Still eating our veggies at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’

Roasted asparagus in cast iron skillet

In the interest of full disclosure, I love asparagus. You can serve them to me from a freezer bag, can or jar and I’m yours. I’ll slurp a cream of asparagus soup until the cows come home. And pickled? Oh, my. I’ve grown some asparagus beds in my time (no small feat) and I’ve shopped […]

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 — Fond memories of campfire fried potatoes

Campfire Fried Potatoes — A simple memory-making side

Cane fishing poles. Cold grape soda. The beckoning aroma of bacon, onions and potatoes cooking beneath a canopy of loblolly pines, sassafras and water oak. The setting played itself out annually between 1977 and about 1982 at Tyler State Park in northeast Texas, about 10 minutes off Interstate 20. Every spring. Just Dad and me. […]