The RV Chronicles — Cooking new school old school at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Texas Sloppy Joes)

Texas Sloppy Joe — Serve with plenty of napkins

My barbecue aficionado friends will accuse me of being sacrelige. Perhaps even treasonous. But still… Chopped barbecued beef sandwiches — just like they’re served here in Texas — require nothing but a slow cooker and a few key ingredients. There. I said it. Look, I’m a barbecue purist as much as the next guy. But […]

The RV Chronicles — My dinner is better than their dinner

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One of the cool things about living in an RV park is you know what everyone is having for dinner. The popular grub around here is spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese and just about anything grilled.  About once a week though, someone fires up a charcoal grill for steak night. Who knows whether it’s […]

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 — New Fashioned Cowboy Beans & Ribs

New Fashioned Cowboy Beans & Ribs — Hopalong Cassidy would be proud.

It was hardly yesterday or even the day before, but I remember it well. As a youngster around three, the nice ladies at Candy Land Day Care convinced us to eat barbecued beans by calling them Cowboy Beans. Sure, that’s what they’re called. But the cowboy part had most of us thinking we were eating […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Texas Rib Sandwich

The Texas Rib Sandwich — Messy and downright wonderful.

Texas, when it comes to barbecue, is known for slow smoked brisket. When done correctly, there is no better protein on planet earth. But, as the old saying goes — chocolate cake every day doesn’t taste as sweet. Enter barbecued pork ribs. If you walk into any respectable (mom and pop) barbecue joint in the […]

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 — Holy swine! Melt-in-your-mouth ribs

Melt-in-your mouth pork ribs — No barbecue pit required

Forgive me y’all, for I have sinned. It’s been almost three years since I first confessed here about my cheating ways … in the kitchen, of course. Well, I’ve been unfaithful again and again to my custom pit smoker. My latest secret flame comes from my oven … and it involves pork ribs. It’s true. […]