The RV Chronicles — Thank goodness we’re not total kindred spirits (Recipe: Ancho Braised Short Rib Sandwich)

I’m a smarty pants. Always have been. Don’t know why. So is Baby Girl. Thankfully though, she didn’t inherit my ‘go down with my middle fingers in the air’ temperament. In all fairness, I graduated from that approach some years ago. But at 17, my daughter’s age, I was a young man with an inexplicable […]

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

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 […]

The RV Chronicles — Johnny Cash, a teen flautist and Adam’s Little Astrodome (Recipe: Grilled Chuck Steak Salad)

There’s nothing like grilling to the sounds of Willie Nelson, the Foo Fighters and Johnny Cash. Throw in a little Roy Orbison and a 16-year-old flute player practicing Coldplay’s Clocks from the rear bedroom of an RV, and you have yourself a true cooking soundtrack. The flautist (and piccolo player) is my baby girl. Alexandra […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Surf & Turf Sliders w/ Caesar Slaw

After recently watching a YouTube sensation do a video review of his own concoction of fast food products, my wife and I were talking about burger possibilities. Sure, I prefer mine with plenty of mustard and pickles — assembled properly — but our conversation took us well out of the box. Considering that hamburgers are […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Grilling w/ C.B. ‘Stubb’ Stubblefield

Today is a first in my four years here. Indeed, it’s taken me this long to agree to a product partnership. But it’s also taken this long to get an offer about a product I actually love. And this product comes from my home state of Texas. Go figure. Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q. When the nice […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Hola? McFly! Anbody at the casa?

It’s probably a generational thing, but every time I realize that I’ve missed out on a simple-yet-brilliant idea, I flash back to the scene in 1985’s Back to the Future in which the bully character, Biff Tannen, is harassing the timid character, George McFly.  As Biff places George in a headlock, he begins to knock […]

Confession No. 70 — Some things in life just are.

An unearthed vision brings new light and understanding. When you dig up the same vision for the second or third time, it can be painful. I experienced a repeat epiphany this past week when I stepped from the warmth of my car upon reaching the office. This time though, instead of a gentle oracle-like reminder, […]

Confession No. 69 — Mea Culpa (Recipe: Beef & ‘Basa Sandwiches)

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to play catch-up and hopefully get myself removed from the ‘naughty’ list over the next few weeks. Concessions and apologies are always a good way to start. First, to my doctor — I know you’re probably baffled as to why my weight hasn’t changed during the […]

Confession No. 67 — A few shout-outs … and shout-ats

Everyone deserves at least some sort of recognition and, after wrapping up last month dressed as Tyler Florence, I entered November in a recognizing mood. This past week, I recognized the most important person in my world with a love letter. This week, it’s a veritable potpourri. Shout out — To everyone who put others […]

Confession No. 58 — Confidential to my parents: Your curse is in full swing … and then some

It’s happened. Again. For the fourth time. That curse placed upon me that I would have children much like myself? It’s alive and well. My parents had to hear about such incidents as the time(s) I was chastised at daycare for using profanity. The director, after once hearing me call someone a ‘shit damn,’ called […]