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

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 — Cooking like there’s a blizzard

Over the past week or so, I’ve seen enough images of snow-covered roads, streets and houses to last a lifetime. Fortunately, I was able to view them from the 60-something degree comfort here in the Bayou City. I’ve actually lived through a blizzard. Back in those days, weather aficionados didn’t name such storms — other […]

The RV Chronicles — Still (not) cooking over my head

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 … […]

Food Snob Chronicles — New Fashioned Cowboy Beans & Ribs

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 — Why on earth are they called refried beans?

I tend to dwell on subjects that I shouldn’t care about. Refried beans is one of them. Sure, beans are boring. And refried beans aren’t even a main course, most of the time. Yet it bothers the hell out of me that we call them refried beans. They aren’t twice fried! ‘I like refried beans. […]

Food Snob Chronicles — (Recipe): Charro Beans

Beans. There’s nothing sexy about them. In fact, we recited a vulgar poem about them in elementary school. But, they are among the most widely (and longest) cultivated crops, and these days are considered a legitimate super food. I remember having a ‘pot o’ beans’ on a regular basis growing up. Ours were just pintos […]