The RV Chronicles — No regrets at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: BLT Salad)

BLT Salad — The classic sandwich in a bowl

If you’re among my 20 loyal readers, you’ve seen a lot of back-and-forth from my tiny confines over the past 19 months. I uprooted myself to further my career and help improve our quality of life. I was excited. But it didn’t take long to realize that my nights were lonely. My lover was 200 […]

The RV Chronicles — Makin’ bacon at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Bacon Burnt Ends)

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A Sunday morning rarely goes by without me lamenting. No, I’m not sad that I’ve chosen to stay a while in an RV down by the Galveston Bay. Neither am I upset that — after six years writing these pages — I have but 20 loyal followers. It’s really about the eggs. And bacon. Though […]

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 […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Pimento Cheese Patty Melt w/ Peppery Brown Sugar Bacon

Pimento Cheese Patty Melt w/ Peppery Brown Sugar Bacon — Need I say more?

Who says a patty melt isn’t a burger? My good friend, Shea Goldstein at Dixie Chik Cooks. That’s who! While the history of this buttery, beefy, heavenly sandwich is cloudy at best, we do know that it’s been served at diners and burger joints in the U.S. since at least the 1940s.  The classic version […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Sausage Gravy — the Real Deal

Sausage Gravy w/ Bacon & Sage — This is the real deal

Let’s be honest. Sausage gravy-covered biscuits aren’t exactly on the menu at Club Med — or the the Deborah Heart & Lung Center. Unlike most other breakfasts — Philadelphia Scrapple notwithstanding — sausage gravy is to breakfast what coal mining is to careers: Done daily, it makes for a good, but shorter life. Having grown […]

Confession No. 48 — The truth not only hurts, it’s often embarrassing as hell (Recipe: Southern Cream Peas)

Fresh 'cream peas' are reason enough to live in the South and delicious enough that they don't need to be disguised by bacon. I prefer using pork jowl bacon in the cooking process, because it lends a much less pronounced flavor than the usual stuff.

The best stories aren’t always the stories themselves, but the stories behind the stories — fairytale explanations; hyperbole-laden accounts; and flat-out fables. Some of the more infamous falsehoods along these lines include Winona Ryder, who was arrested for shoplifting, only to tell authorities that she was researching an acting role. Paris Hilton’s whopper was even better […]